Monday 22 October 2018


The programme ‘Regional Researcher Links Workshops' provides opportunities for early career researchers (ECRs) from the UK, Vietnam and other South East Asia countries to interact, share knowledge and research outcomes and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations. As part of this programme, the workshop "Advanced 5G Wireless Technologies for Smart Road-Traffic Control and Transportation Infrastructure Monitoring Systems," jointly organised by Middlesex University London (UK) and the University of Transportation and Communications (UTC) (Vietnam), will be held at the UTC (No. 3 Cau Giay Road, Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam) from 22 to 25 October 2018. The workshop is funded by the Newton Fund and delivered by the British Council.

Despite growing research surrounding 5G technologies, utilising its potential on offer (any-time, any-where, low latency mobile data services) for public safety control and infrastructure monitoring in transportation remains an unfulfilled area. In Vietnam and its region, traffic jam, poor transportation conditions and the consequent air pollution are serious problems which have proved difficult to tackle to date. The number of victims and the scale of damage from traffic accident and disaster events in the region have been increasing every year (on average, each day in 2016 in Vietnam there were 35 accidents which killed 22 and injured 30 people). The lack of transportation control and monitoring systems is the main reason. This four-day workshop will enable potential solutions using latest 5G communication technologies to be exchanged and shared among the researchers of different disciplines from the UK and the South East Asia region. The solutions can help the densely-populated cities in the region like Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Bangkok, and Jakarta to take measures such as dynamically adjusting conditions and predicting disaster events, aligning traffic with smart tracking systems, monitoring conditions in real time, initiating congestion measures and instantly identifying defects and inefficiencies across assets and infrastructure. These will lead to improving transportation conditions and reducing traffic accidents and casualties in Vietnam and its region. The solutions can also enable new policies to be made in accordance with the environmental impact.

With ten researchers from various universities in the UK (University of Birmingham, University of Glasgow, Imperial College London, Middlesex University, University of Northumbria, Queen Mary University of London, Ulster University, and University of Surrey), ten researchers from South East Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia), and more than ten researchers from Vietnam as well as representatives from governments, departmental units and industries, the workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshop ECRs will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a short oral presentation and discuss their research with established researchers from the UK, Vietnam and South East Asia region. There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links. There will also be keynote lectures from established and well-respected researchers. 

The topics of the workshop will include (but not limited to)

  • Smart transportation management systems
  • Machine to machine (M2M) for logistics, freight RFID tracking
  • Cloud-based freight data solutions
  • 5G networks for public safety/emergency services in transportation
  • Connected vehicles for road safety
  • Monitoring/warning systems for possible structural disasters (vibration, tilt, acceleration, deformation, cracking)
  • Wireless sensor networks for transportation
  • Energy efficiency in critical communication systems
  • Wireless technologies to relieve congested roadways
  • Real-time data processing techniques for estimation of traffic flow, density, and speed; including machine learning for transportation traffic data
  • Image processing and computer vision for transportation and logistics.

All the topics above will provide a timely boost for new technology to be implemented in addressing transportation issues in Vietnam and South East Asian countries.

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Notes to Editor

For more information, please contact:

Hanh Le
Communications Manager
British Council 
20 Thuy Khue
Tay Ho
T +84 (0)24 38436780 (ext.1957)
F +84 (0)24 38434962 

Dr Nguyen Xuan Huan 
Associate Professor of Communications Networks
Middlesex University
The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT, United Kingdom
T +44 7734460642

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