Rod Tucker’s team wins OFCity Challenge in Los Angeles

Professor Rod Tucker and his team
Professor Rod Tucker and his team

Congratulations to Professor Rod Tucker of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, who successfully led a team of telecommunications engineers to submit the winning proposal for The Connected OFCity Challenge at the recent Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition in Los Angeles.

The Challenge brought together four teams comprised of experts from academia, vendor companies, network and application providers from all parts of the world.

The teams were tasked with proposing technological and applications innovations and components needed in developing successful smart connected cities.

Within a three and a half hour workshop, the four teams were asked to propose and defend a strategy to improve the broadband access infrastructure and community benefits for a fictitious city by the year 2020. A team of judges, including telecommunications analysts and venture capitalists chose the winning proposal.

Professor Rod Tucker’s team comprised five members; Maria-Cristina Marinescu from the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre in Spain, Shuang Yin from Stanford University, Catherine Middleton from the Information Society at Ryerson University in Canada and Liang Du from Google Fiber in the United States.

Professor Tucker’s team’s winning proposal included a technical and business plan for a gigabit fibre connected city, with infrastructure that would be capable of delivering 10 Gigabits per second to the home by 2020 at an affordable cost. In addition, the team proposed an active community engagement plan that would provide a large social and economic benefit to the community.