York - Zhejiang Summer School 
on Cognitive Communications

Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

25 - 31 October 2010

How To Apply
Venue & Travel


Thanks to funding from Research Councils UK in China and Worldwide Universities Network, the first York-Zhejiang Summer School on Cognitive Communications will take place from 25 – 31 October 2010 at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. The central aim is to bring together 100 like-minded research active individuals to explore the ever-growing field of Cognitive Communications, which encompasses cognitive radio, cognitive networks, and application of cognition to other aspects of communications systems.


Supported by a team of ten expert lecturers, five from the UK and five from China, the programme includes tutorials, providing an in-depth introduction to key topics, lectures dealing with more specialist techniques, workshops, one centred on a mini-project “a tech-fest” to be undertaken during the week, the other giving delegates hands on experience of tools and implementation. There will also be time for a short seminar and poster session, to allow delegates to display their current research in the area. Briefings of various relevant projects from around the world will also be given. A visit to a local wireless communications company (or industrial research lab such as Huawei Lab in Hangzhou) will provide further interest and diversity. 

The evenings will be more devoted to cultural aspects, with a welcome reception and banquet, and also themed events from the UK (pub quiz) and China. The School is designed for Masters students, PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and junior Lecturers with interests in Cognitive Communications. Courses will be comparable to first year graduate courses.

Aims and Expected Outcomes

  • To train participants in new approaches to Cognitive Communications, by spreading existing knowledge and expertise to the next generation of the researchers.
  • To encourage and facilitate cooperative research initiatives between individual participants and their institutions.
  • To attract the highest quality research active individuals from universities worldwide, with the majority of delegates being from China and UK.
  • To provide a forum for in depth interactions between attendees, forming solid foundations for developing future collaborations.
  • To competitively award a limited number of bursaries to cover registration fees, and partially support travel and subsistence. (Registration fees have been kept at a low rate of £175 (1750 RMB) for attendees not lucky enough to be awarded a bursary.)
  • To introduce applicants to a wide range of new and developing techniques and to encourage future co-operation between Chinese and British engineers and scientists in research projects on Cognitive Communications.


© University of York and Zhejiang University 2010