Talk of Pr. Khalid A. Qaraqe

Khalid A. Qaraqe

Riding the Wave...Visible Light Communication System
Relay-Assisted VLC and Underwater VLC Communication systems


Due to huge demand of the wireless connectivity and data use, mobile communication standards advanced rapidly to support the world needs by introducing new waveforms and spectrum. One of the ways 5G and beyond will enable this is by tapping into new, unused bands at the top of the radio spectrum. These high bands are known as millimeter waves (mmwaves). Later versions of 5G or 6G will also allow things like IoT devices to connect to mmwaves, VLC, as well as allow for use of unlicensed spectrum to increase speeds some more.
VLC links present a very high bandwidth that allows muchhigher data rates. VLC exhibits also immunity to interferencefrom electromagnetic sources, unlicensed channels, very lowpower consumption and no health hazard. VLC is appealing fora wide range of applications including reliable communicationswith low latency such as vehicle safety communication. In this talk we will address the major advantages of VLC technology and variety of itsapplications. We will present anoverview of the current developments of the hybridRF/VLC systems, VLC relay assisting, underwater VLC link analysis and present the advantage of the capacity of VLC links and its connectivity. Hybrid RF/FSO and Hybrid mmwave/FSO systems as backhaul systems will be briefly introduced.


Dr Khalid A. Qaraqe (S'00) was born in Bethlehem. Dr Qaraqe received the B.S. degree in EE from the University of Technology, Bagdad, Iraq in 1986, with honors. He received the M.S. degree in EE from the University of Jordan, Jordan, Amman, Jordan, in 1989, and he earned his Ph.D. degree in EE from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, in 1997. From 1989 to 2004 Dr Qaraqe has held a variety positions in many companies and he has over 12 years of experience in the telecommunication industry. Dr Qaraqe has worked on numerous projects and has experience in product development, design, deployments, testing and integration. Dr Qaraqe joined the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Texas A&M University at Qatar, in July 2004, where he is now a professor and Managing Director, Center for Remote Healthcare Technology at Qatar.
Dr. Qaraqe’s has been awarded more than 20 research projects consisting of more than USD 13M from local industries in Qatar and the Qatar National Research Foundation (QNRF).
He has published more than 131 journal papers in top IEEE journals, and published and presented 250 papers at prestigious international conferences. He has 20 book chapters published, four books, 3 patents, and presented several tutorials and talks.
Dr. Qaraqe’s received the Itochu Professorship award, 2013-2015; Best researcher award, QNRF 2013; Best paper award, IEEE First workshop On Smart Grid And Renewable Energy, Mar. 2015; Best paper award, IEEE Globecom 2014; Best poster Award IEEE Dyspan Conference, Oct. 2012; TAMUQ Research Excellence award in April of 2010; Best paper Award, ComNet, 2010 ; Best paper award, CROWNCOM, 2009; Best paper award, ICSPC'0, 2007; IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Column Award for year 2018; Best Oral Presentation Award, CECNet 2018; Best paper award, Green Communications, Computing and Technologies Conference, July 2016; Faculty of the year (Student Award), May 2016 and 2015 ; Best Faculty award by the student body, Oct 2015.
Dr Qaraqe research interests include communication theory and its application to design and performance, analysis of cellular systems and indoor communication systems. Particular interests are in mobile networks, broadband wireless access, cooperative networks, cognitive radio, diversity techniques, Index Modulation, Visible Light Communication, FSO, Tele- health and noninvasive bio sensors.