• Design M2M training courses (conducted 5 in the last year) for academic and commercial partners in the project to fulfill their technical needs and contribute to the supervision of PhD students • Published recommendations for Standards and Standardisation in the European Smart Water Market for European Commissions (as report and conference paper) • Proposed accurate & reliable leakage detection algorithm based on sensor data fusion in collaboration with NEC Japan • Evaluated long range M2M communication technologies for urban M2M scenarios • Collaborated in producing over 15 reports/deliverables for European Commissions • Imperial College representative and task leader in FP7 WISDOM Project (Collaborate with 11 industrial and academic partners from 4 European countries) • Assisting the project leaders in identifying opportunities for relevant collaborative research, participating and reviewing work with universities, and industrial partners • Project representative in smart meter standardisation for European Commission • Collaborate with other ICT4Water Clusters partners (12 EU FP7 water projects) • Research on potential of different M2M technologies in water networks • Hold weekly meetings/presentations/progress reports with the senior management team and other stakeholders
• Workshop on M2M Connectivity, Opportunities for BT • Evaluate the potential of Weightless /TV White Space as a suitable protocol / spectrum for M2M transactions and potentials for BT • Familiarise with fixed network technologies • Recommend suitable M2M wireless connectivity for Milton Keynes Smart City
● Evaluate the performance of location technologies in terms of accuracy, reliability, availability, energy efficiency, compatibility, cost, business models, commercialisation, propositions, integration into existing infrastructure ● Establish test system, architecture review and run use cases and demo system ● M2M Product development, product marketing and product management and delivering M2M asset tracking solutions to the business ● Consulting on M2M e.g. device behaviour, network constraints ● Evaluate Indoor/Outdoor (GNSS) Positioning Systems for M2M devices ● Evaluate potential use of next generation of location technologies in M2M systems ● Drive partner integration with Vodafone’s M2M platforms into their products ● Playing key role in successfully establishing and supporting a number of M2M trials run by R&D in conjunction with UK Vodafone business (e.g. asset tracking capabilities for a haulage company, a £200k-£250k business opportunity) ● Proactively support the customer, sales, service and internal teams on technical related matters, i.e. proposals, presentations, product improvements, user guides ● Task leader of T4.5 (Monitoring of network integrated sensors and actuators) in WP4 (End-to-End M2M System) in EXALTED (Expanding LTE for M2M Devices) Large Scale Integrating Project (FP7-ICT-258512) ● Collaborate with other 13 members in 6 European countries ● Produce progress report to project management team in a structured manner ● Alert work package leader to any significant deviations from the underlying plans ● Ensure the project is fulfilling its technical objectives & initiate necessary actions ● Investigated how LTE can be architected to support mass rollout of M2M devices ● Compose detailed technical plan for monitoring mechanisms for LTE-M systems ● Proposed Network Monitoring Architecture for integrated sensors and actuators ● Delivered the project six months earlier than scheduled Skills developed: Leadership, project management, working on tight deadlines
M2M, IoT, 5G, Smart Cities, Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), Network Security, Weightless, TV White Space, RPL (IPv6 Routing Protocol for Low Power and Lossy Network), Indoor/Outdoor (GNSS) Positioning Systems, Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) for IoT/M2M (LoRa, Weightless, XBee, SigFox, Low-power WiFi), IEEE 802.11x WLAN (Wi-Fi), Architecture & Protocols for 3GPP GSM, UMTS, HSPA, LTE, IEEE 802.15.4 (Zigbee), IEEE 802.15.3c (60 GHz mmWave), TCP/IP, M2M/IoT messaging service (MQTT, etc.), Computer Networks
LTE Engineering Overview, Wray Castle, Vodafone Technology Academy MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional), Microsoft IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.5 Academic, British Council
• Mohammad Reza Akhavan, Julie McCann, et al, Sensor Fusion for Leakage Detection, Accepted to 2nd International Electronic Conference on Sensors and Applications, Nov. 2015. • Lydia Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia, Mohammad Reza Akhavan, Julie McCann, et al, Recommendations for Standards and Standardisation in the European Smart Water Market, Accepted for 13th International Conference – Computing and Control for Water Industry (CCWI 2015), Leicestershire, Sep. 2015. • Oliver Holland, Mohammad Reza Akhavan, Julie McCann, et al, Some Initial Results and Observations from a Series of Trials within the Ofcom TV White Spaces Pilot, Accepted for IEEE 81st Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC), Glasgow, May 2015. • Adnan Aijaz, Shuyu Ping, Mohammad Reza Akhavan and Hamid Aghvami, CRB-MAC: A Receiver-based MAC Protocol for Cognitive Radio Equipped Smart Grid Sensor Networks, IEEE Sensors Journal, 2014. • Mohammad Reza Akhavan, Adnan Aijaz, Sabrieh Choobkar, Hamid Aghvami, On the Multi-hop Performance of Receiver Based MAC Protocol in RPL-based Low Power and Lossy WSN, IET Wireless Sensor Systemsl, 2014. • Mohammad Reza Akhavan, Sabrieh Choobkar, Adnan Aijaz, Hamid Aghvami, Adaptive Preamble Sampling Techniques for Receiver Based MAC Protocols in Lossy WSN, IET Wireless Sensor Systems, Feb. 2014. • Mohammad Reza Akhavan, Adaptive Receiver-Based Preamble-Sampling MAC Protocol for Low Power and Lossy Wireless Sensor Networks, PhD Thesis, King’s College London, Dec. 2013. • Rodrigo Vieira Steiner, Mohammad Reza Akhavan, Antônio A. Fröhlich, A. Hamid Aghvami, Performance Evaluation of Receiver Based MAC Using Configurable Framework in WSNs, IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC 2013), Shanghai, China, Apr. 2013. • Mohammad Reza Akhavan, Thomas Watteyne, Hamid Aghvami, Enhancing the Performance of RPL by Using A Receiver-Based MAC Protocol in Lossy WSNs, The 18th International Conference on Telecommunications, Ayia Napa, Cyprus, May 2011. • Leonardo Goratti; Tadeusz Wysocki; Mohammad Reza Akhavan; Jing Lei; Hiroyuki Nakase;Shuzo Kato, Optimal Beamwidth for Beacon and Contention Access Periods in IEEE 802.15.3c WPAN, The 21th Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Conference (PIMRC) , Istanbul, Turkey, Sep. 2010. • Mohammad Reza Akhavan, Mona Ghassemian, Hamid Aghvami, EOR: An Energy-Aware Opportunistic Routing in Heterogeneous Wireless Sensor Networks,Ubiquitous Computing at a Crossroads Workshop, Imperial College London, UK, Jan. 2009. • Kaustubh Phanse, Mohammad Reza Akhavan and Ulf Olsson, Study of IEEE 802.11 Wireless Networks in Harsh Environments, 19th International Congress and Exhibition on Condition Monitoring Diagnostic Engineering Management, Sweden, Jun. 2006. • Mohammad Reza Akhavan, Study the Performance Limits of IEEE 802.11 WLANs, MSc Thesis, Lulea University of Technology, May 2006.