ACADEMIC COMPLETES PHD ON COGNITIVE RADIO IN RECORD TIME

ACADEMIC COMPLETES PHD ON COGNITIVE RADIO IN RECORD TIME

Dr Narushan Pillay has completed his PhD in Electronic Engineering in record time.

An academic in Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at UKZN’s School of Engineering since 2009, Pillay took only two-and-a-half years to complete his research. Previously, he served as a design engineer in industry and project co-ordinator for the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research.

Professor Hongjun Xu, Pillay’s supervisor, was full of praise for Pillay’s outstanding effort, indicating that to have completed the degree in such a short space of time was no mean feat for a part-time student. Pillay’s research was based on a new paradigm in wireless communications called cognitive radio (CR), which allows for unlicensed opportunistic usage of frequency spectrum. 

In addition, he has published three international papers based on his research. Pillay has a long history at UKZN, beginning with undergraduate and Masters studies. He received his Masters degree cum laude. Pillay’s future plans include contributing to the knowledge base in his research area and growing in his academic career at UKZN.


author email : nathooa@ukzn.ac.za