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The Telecommunications group at the Green Development Association has identified the following research areas as its core science and technological priorities.

1. Green Communications

Global warming and climate change are growing worldwide concerns. Natural (e.g. volcanoes) and anthropogenic (e.g. transportation, industry, agriculture, etc.) sources have been identified as major contributors to the rise of global atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). The telecommunications industry has the potential to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases provided appropriate measures are implemented. However, this industry itself also contributes to CO2 emissions through network operations, mobile equipment, etc. To achieve a low-carbon economy, it is necessary to reduce the operation expenditure or energy consumption of mobile networks, while maintaining acceptable quality of service. In this context, green communications is a new endeavour for access networks which can offer communication services with a quality of service guarantee, while saving energy.

The main research goals of the Telecommunications unit of the Green Development Association are to provide novel and optimized algorithms for energy-saving operations and to identify the best architectures of green communications and networking. In particular, the main focus of this work will consist of the design and modelling of algorithms in the wireless communications sector for the following topics: energy and power reduction, battery-life optimization, optimization of the spectrum usage and interference cancellation among different wireless systems.

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