Next Generation Communication Group:


Over the past few decades, Communication Technology has grown by leaps and bounds. Regardless to this, there is significant scope for enrichment in terms of economics, effectiveness, efficiency and performance of communication technology. The research focus of this Group is to develop intelligent and cognitive communication models and protocols, which aid the evolving applications to Smart Cities, Green Communications and Internet of Things (IoT). The research is focused on creating communication models and protocols which improve high data rates, heterogeneity, autonomy and scalability of communication technology. The research in the next communication group encompasses the following focus areas:

  • Physical layer aspects
  • New medium layer aspects
  • Network layer protocols for wide area applications
  • Heterogeneous Wireless Network Communications
  • Deterministic Propagation Modelling

Wireless communications and wireless networks are the backbone technologies for the evolving smart city technologies. Our group is so foundational for solving the challenges of the smart city technologies. We are focusing on scalability, heterogeneous protocols support, handovers etc. to assure the success of smart city technologies. This group is also actively doing research in Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) addressing some of the research challenges in Vehicle-to-Vehicle communications, Wireless ad-hoc networks for precision agriculture and smart building. The research produced by the Next-Gen Communications Group will have a significant impact on the general society, Government of India initiatives such as Smart Cities and companies working on novel communication models and networks for future generations.

Despite the multi-fold growth of Wired and Wireless Communications in the past few decades, there is a tremendous scope to improve the existing communication models to make them more economical, efficient and high performance systems for futuristic requirements. This group has been started with a vision of developing cognitive and intelligent communication models or protocols aiding the evolving applications like Smart Cities, Smart Transportation, Green Communications and Internet of Things (IoT). The primary research interests of this group are to design communication models with features of resiliency, high data rates, heterogeneity, autonomous and scalable systems. Currently this group focus on developing on the following aspects: Physical layer aspects; New Medium Access layer and Network layer protocols for wide area applications; theoretical, simulation and experimental models for adaptive, resource efficient and greener communications; heterogeneous wireless network communication, physical Layer design aspects of tiny hardware targeting IoT sensing applications, microwave, antennas, etc. The outcomes of this research group have significant short and long term societal benefits for Government of India (GoI) initiatives like Smart Cities, connected society, and also the requirements of other private industries and researchers targeting for novel communication models for evolving applications of next generation communication and networks. Further, with the enormous requirement for high speed large data transfer, researchers are looking into millimeter-wave (60 GHz) communication systems. At this high frequency range it is therefore extremely important to model the propagation channel accurately (using deterministic propagation modeling using ray tracing and high-frequency asymptotic techniques) so that multiple antennas may be accurately fed with correct amplitude and phase to achieve precise beamforming and thereby high data rate.

No. Name of Faculty Area of Specialization

Dr. Hrishikesh Venkataraman


Multihop wireless communication, Cyber Physical System

Dr. Raja Vara Prasad


Wireless sensor networks, IoT, Drones
3. Dr. K Divyabrahmam


Electromagnetic scattering, Antennas, RADARs for Automotive applications
Research Projects
No. Title PIs and Co-PIs Duration Amount Funding Agency
1 Design and Fabrication of Autonomous Passenger Drone Dr. Raja Vara Prasad 2019-2022 36,00,000 CC&BT, MEITY
2 Development of Hybrid Method to Analyze the Radiation Characteristics of a Dipole Antenna Near a Perfectly Conducting Cylindrically Curved Screen Dr. Divyabrahmam K 2019-2022 41,40,400 DST SERB ECR
3 DigitalTwin Modeling for Automation, Maintenance and Monitoring in Industry 4.0Smart Factory Dr. Hrishikesh Venkataraman and Dr. Raja Vara Prasad 2019-2021 23,89,000 DST UKIERI
4 Sensors,Multi-hopping and Analytics-for real-Time interconnection of village wells(SMART Village Wells) Dr. Hrishikesh Venkataraman, Dr. Raja Vara Prasad and Dr. P Viswanath 2018- 2021 25,00,000 DST ICPS
  • Sunil JS, K. SaiManasa, R. Vara Prasad and H. Venkataraman, "Advisory Framework to Interconnect Distributed Water Bodies Targeting Agriculture Farms", IEEE ACIT, Munich, Germany, September 2020.
  • K.L. Harshini and H. Venkataraman, "Dual Priority: Real-Time & Integrated Device-and-Network-Centric Wireless Network Selection", IET Communications, March 2020.
  • R. Charitha, P. Kalpana, R. Vara Prasad “Integrated Framework for Farmer Centric Agriculture Applications Using IoT Architectures”, IEEE ANTS 2019, Goa, India, 16-19th December 2019.
  • KV Vineeth, R. Vara Prasad, S.R. Dubey and H. Venkataraman, “LEDCOM: A Novel and Efficient LED Based Communication for Precision Agriculture” IEEE CICT, Allahabad, India, 16-19th December, 2019.
  • PSS Pavan Ganesh and H. Venkataraman, "RF-based Multihop Wireless Communication for Shallow Underwater Environment", IEEE WISPNET, Chennai, India, March 2019.
  • P.G. Nagasai, S.K. Midde, S.K. Korlakota and K. Divyabramham, "Quarter Wavelength Monopole Antenna on Flat Conducting Plates: Uniform Theory of Diffraction", IEEE InCAP, Hyderabad, India, Dec. 2018.
  • K. Divyabramham and Arijit De, "High Frequency Uniform Asymptotic Solution for Diffraction by the Edges of a Curved Plate", IEEE InCAP, Hyderabad, India, Dec. 2018.
  • G.V.N. Gadepalli and K. Divyabramham, "2.4 GHz Circularly polarized Microstrip Patch Antenna with Diagonal Structural Symmetry" IEEE InCAP, Hyderabad, India, Dec. 2018.
  • P.G. Nagasai, S.K. Shetty Midede, S.K. Korlakota and K. Divyabrahmam, "Quarter Wavelength Monopole Antenna on Flat Conducting Plates: Uniform Theory of Diffraction", IEEE InCAP, Hyderabad, India, Dec. 2018.
  • K. Divyabramham and Arijit De, “Backscattering from Curved Plates: Formulation and Closed-Form Solutions”, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol. 66, no. 9, pp. 4832 - 4843, Sept. 2018.
  • M.P.R. S Kiran, Y.R.V Prasad and P. Rajalakshmi. “Modeling and Analysis of IEEE 802.15.4 Multi-hop Networks for IoT Applications”, Wireless Personal Communications Journal, 97(4), Springer -27th November 2017.
  • Surekha, A. Reganti and H. Venkataraman, "Two-Step Clustering Mechanism for Communication in Less-Disciplined Traffic" International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems, IISc Bangalore, 18 - 19 July 2017.
  • P. Monica, K. Vamsi Krishna, H. Gajavalli, H. Venkataraman and S.R. Pandian, "Intelligent Communication between Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs)", International Symposium on Cyber-Physical Systems, IISc Bangalore, 18 - 19 July 2017.
  • H. Venkataraman, N. Fernando and V. Sundar, "What about Framework for Coastal Smart Cities", International Journal of Integrative Risk and Security Research, Vol. 2, Nov. 2017.
  • H. Venkataraman, T. Bi. T. Wu, I. Ghergulouscu and G.M. Muntean, "DE-BAR: Device Energy-centric Backlight and Adaptive Region of Interest Mechanism for Wireless Mobile Devices", Springer Wireless Personal Communications, November 2017.
  • H. Venkataraman and R. Trestian, "5G Radio Access Networks: Centralized RAN, Cloud-RAN and
    Virtualization of Small Cells", CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, August 2017.
  • Sravya and H. Venkataraman, “Software-Defined Networking in the World of C-RAN”, Chapter 7, 5G Radio Access Networks, CRC Press, 2017.
  • H. Venkataraman, A. Dutta and A. Joshi, "Add-net: Adaptive Dichotomy based Network-centric Cellular to Wi-Fi Offloading", IET Communications, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 318-325, Feb. 2017.
  • M.P.R. Sai Kiran, Y.R.V. Prasad, V. Subrahmanyam and P. Rajalakshm, “Performance Analysis of IEEE 802.15.4 MAC Layer: Prospect for Multi-hop Networks", 10th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Networks and Telecommunications Systems (ANTS), Bangalore, India, 6-9 November 2016.
  • N. Chidara, C. Nibhanupudi and H. Venkataraman, "Integration of Different Cryptographic Techniques for Real-Time V2V Communication", 17th ACM International Conference on Mobile Adhoc Networking and Computing (ACM MobiHOC), Poster Presentation, Paderborn, Germany, 6-8 July 2016.
  • MNV Sneha, Vamsi Krishna and H. Venkataraman, "Adaptive Non-Binary Classification for Network Centric Handover in Heterogeneous Networks", 17th ACM International Conference on Mobile Adhoc Networking and Computing (ACM MobiHOC), Poster Presentation, Paderborn, Germany, 6-8 July 2016.
  • H. Venkataraman, T. Wu, T. Bi, and G.M. Muntean, "DEAR: An energy-centric adaptive region-of-interest mechanism for mobile devices", In 18th IEEE international conference on wireless personal and multimedia communications (WPMC), 13 - 16 December 2015.
  • H Venkataraman, S Wang and GM Muntean, "EDAS–Energy-Efficient Device-based Adaptive Cross-Layer Scheme for Wireless Multimedia Transmission", 18th International Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communication (WPMC), Hyderabad, December 2015.


  • H. Venkataraman, P. Bauskar and A. Joshi, "Computer implemented system and method for offloading traffic", USPTO, May 2017.