We are Finalists in the Engineering Impact Competition
Apr 18, 2017


The project titled "5G Wave Form Design", led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Güneş Karabulut Kurt of the Electronics and Communication Engineering Department with graduate student Selahattin Gökçeli of the Telecommunication Engineering Department as researcher, was one of 5 finalists in the Engineering Impact category of the Radio frequency (RF) and mobile communications contest organized by National Instruments in the USA.

The collaborative projects of our academics and students are also achieving international success. Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, faculty member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Güneş Karabutlut Kurt with her project titled "5G wave form design", in cooperation with our graduate student Selahattin Gökçeli placed among the 5 finalists who beat out 130 other projects who had applied for the competition. The winner of the National Instruments Engineering Impact competition, which focuses on engineering and technology, especially hardware, will be announced at a ceremony to be held May 23rd in Austin.

Doç. Dr. Güneş Karabulut Kurt: "Communication security and service quality will increase."


Our faculty member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Güneş Karabulut Kurt, who shares her views on this great news, noted that the number of smartphone users continues to increase throughout the world, stating that high-speed Internet access has reached a point of being indispensable today. Drawing attention to the fact that work on uninterrupted internet connections are now focusing on 5th generation communication, our academic noted that the design proposed by Selahattin Gökçeli's project "5G Wave Form Design" aims to increase communication quality. Dr. Kurt He also provided clues about the future impact of the project, stating: “Security vulnerabilities that may arise in further stages of the study will also be addressed. Attacks that may be carried out due these vulnerabilities, will be prevented by reducing the quality of the channel being communicated, preventing incomplete and erroneous data transmission.

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In the field of mobile communications, where researchers continue to work on the fourth generation and beyond of cellular communications networks, it is expected that this project from our university will contribute to the security literature of future generations of technologies as well as contributing to the scientific literature. As part of the finalist study, the work done by Nl software based radio systems within the scope of 5th generation mobile technology is being carried out through cooperation between Turkcell and İTÜNOVA Technology Transfer Office (İTÜNOVA TTO). In the collaboration which will combine the strengths of both institutions, the goal will be to identify the types of cyber-attacks carried out on mobile 4th generation networks and beyond, and to measure these attacks in real test environments, thereby identifying cyber-attacks on cellular communication networks. In the study of 5G Waveform Design, intelligent frequency mixing methods that can threaten LTE architecture are examined and studies are being done to determine the location of these scramblers via software based radios. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Güneş Karabulut Kurt pointed out the important effect the study will have on mobile communication with the following: "In this project, our point of departure was physical layer based attacks and their solutions. Our main goal is to provide a guideline for the solution of the problems that we may face in the future by providing communication security between users and service providers and improve service quality.”

Who is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Güneş Karabulut Kurt?

Assoc. Dr. Güneş Karabulut Kurt graduated from the Department of Electric and Electronic Engineering at Boğaziçi University in 2000. Then she went to Canada to advance her academic career receiving a master's degree in 2002 from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Ottawa followed by a doctorate degree in 2006. Also at the same institution, she worked as a research assistant from 2000-2005, first working on the design and applications of smart antennas for the TenXc from 2006-2008 on multi-carrier modem design at Edgewater. In 2008, Dr. Kurt returned to our country to Turkcell's research and development group with the European Union's Marie Curie-IRG Reverse Brain Migration Program. The researcher who joined our the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering with the title "Assistant Professor" in 2010, went on to earn the title of "associate professor" in 2013. Continuing her career as academic staff of our university, Dr. Güneş Karabulut Kurt’s main research subjects include multi-carrier and multi-antenna communication systems, OSI inter-layer security systems, wireless network optimization and cognitive networks.

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Who is Selahattin Gökçeli?

Our graduate student, Selahattin Gökçeli, who is continuing his education at the Telecommunication Engineering Department, completed his degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering in 2015. Our student, who has been working in our Wireless Communication Research Laboratory (THAL) since 2014, stands out with his work focusing on the realization of communication systems with software based radios. Gökçeli also has expertise in LabVIEW software used in this area of work, at the level of NI Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD). Our students' research areas, which have completed the implementation of some 5G techniques such as OFDMA and NCC systems, are collaborative communication and various 5G techniques.