Patents by Inventor Richard Stirling-Gallacher

Richard Stirling-Gallacher has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20180159584
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a base station, a small cell, and a control channel configuration method to resolve resource waste caused when an additional physical control channel is used on a backhaul link of a small cell to transmit control information. In a base station provided by an embodiment of the present invention, a transceiver module is configured to receive full-duplex capability support information transmitted by a small cell, where the full-duplex capability support information is used to indicate whether the small cell supports use of a same physical layer resource for simultaneous reception on a backhaul link and transmission on an access link; and a processing module is configured to determine a configuration mode of the backhaul link between the base station and the small cell and the access link of the small cell according to the full-duplex capability support information received by the transceiver module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Lili ZHANG, Richard STIRLING-GALLACHER
  • Publication number: 20180152957
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a resource scheduling method and an apparatus, and is applied to the field of communications technologies. The method includes: receiving, by a terminal UE, a first time division duplex TDD configuration and a second time division duplex TDD configuration; determining the first TDD configuration or the second TDD configuration as a target TDD configuration corresponding to the UE; dividing, based on the target TDD configuration, subframes corresponding to the UE into a first subframe subset, a second subframe subset, and a third subframe subset; and performing channel quality state measurement based on the first subframe subset, the second subframe subset, and the third subframe subset, and reporting a measurement result of the channel quality state measurement to an eNB, so that the eNB schedules a subframe resource according to the measurement result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Lili Zhang, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu
  • Patent number: 9980270
    Abstract: A method for reducing interference at a first transmission point (TP) includes receiving a blanking bitmap from a second TP, the blanking bitmap includes an indicator of an interval of time when transmissions occurring on a transmission beam originating from the second TP are adjusted to reduce interference to the first TP, and scheduling communications for a user equipment (UE) served by the first TP in accordance with the blanking bitmap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Lili Zhang
  • Publication number: 20180132217
    Abstract: A method for operating a transmission point includes transmitting a plurality of first directional reference signals and a plurality of second directional reference signals, the plurality of first directional reference signals sweeping different first beams in a first plane and the plurality of second directional reference signals sweeping different first beams of the first plane, and receiving from a reception point, a request for the transmission point to commence operations in the second plane and a first feedback from a reception point, the first feedback indicating at least one first beam of the first plane and at least one beam group of the second plane, where measurements of the at least one first beam and the at least one beam group of the second plane satisfy a first selection criterion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventor: Richard Stirling-Gallacher
  • Publication number: 20180097674
    Abstract: A transmitting device for transmitting data symbols and pilot symbols in an OFDM transmission system; the device comprising symbol generating means for generating said data symbols and said pilot symbols, means for transmitting said data symbols and pilot symbols respectively by using a plurality of subcarriers of said OFDM transmission system, wherein said symbol generating means is designed to selectively generate a first type pilot symbol and a second type pilot symbol being orthogonal to said first type pilot symbol so that a pilot symbol pattern in the frequency dimension comprises at least said first type pilot symbol to be transmitted by using a predefined subcarrier and second type pilot symbol to be transmitted by using other predefined subcarrier, and wherein said pilot symbol pattern has a different pattern from a succeeding pilot symbol pattern in time dimension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: SONY DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Zhaocheng Wang, Richard Stirling-Gallacher
  • Publication number: 20180092067
    Abstract: A system and method for device-to-device (D2D) communication includes detecting, by a transmitting user equipment (UE) of a plurality of UEs, a sidelink type of a receiving UE of the plurality of UEs, the sidelink type used by the receiving UE to communicate on a discovery channel, determining, by the transmitting UE, a pool of resources for an air interface supported by the receiving UE and the transmitting UE, selecting, by the transmitting UE, transmission resources from the pool of resources according to the sidelink type of the receiving UE, indicating, by the transmitting UE, the transmission resources to the receiving UE over the discovery channel, and communicating, by the transmitting UE, directly with the receiving UE using the transmission resources
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bin Liu, Yongbo Zeng, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Aimin Justin Sang
  • Publication number: 20180091265
    Abstract: A system and method for device-to-device (D2D) communication includes a method. The method includes acquiring, by a destination user equipment (UE), a transmission scheduling assignment. The transmission scheduling assignment indicates transmission resources and feedback resources. The method further includes receiving, by the destination UE, a transmission using the transmission resources indicated by the transmission scheduling assignment. The method further includes determining, by the destination UE, a receive quality of the transmission. The method further includes indicating, by the destination UE, receipt of the transmission according to the receive quality of the transmission. The indicating is performed using the feedback resources indicated by the transmission scheduling assignment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventors: Bin Liu, Yongbo Zeng, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Aimin Justin Sang
  • Patent number: 9929852
    Abstract: A method for operating a communications controller adapted for full duplex (FD) operation includes receiving a measurement report from a user equipment served by the communications controller, the measurement report indicating a first power margin between a current transmit power and a transmit power break point and a second power margin between the current transmit power and a maximum transmit power capable of supporting FD operation, performing FD link adaptation (LA) in accordance with the first power margin and the second power margin to adjust one or more FD configuration parameters of a link between the communications controller and the user equipment, wherein the link includes a downlink and an uplink, and instructing the user equipment to communicate over the link in accordance with the one or more FD configuration parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bin Liu, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Jian Wang, Lili Zhang
  • Publication number: 20180077680
    Abstract: An embodiment method for paging notification includes hashing an identity of a UE to determine a paging frame in which a page is to be sent to the UE and to determine an index of an entry in a bitmap, setting the entry at the index in the bitmap to a value indicating whether a page message associated with a paging group to which the UE belongs is transmitted in a current paging cycle, and transmitting the bitmap in each of a plurality of beamformed beams, wherein the beams are transmitted in a sweeping pattern such that at least one beam is transmitted in every portion of a coverage area of a component transmitting the beams and such that each of the beams is transmitted at least once during the paging frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Nathan Edward Tenny, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu, Yunsong Yang
  • Publication number: 20180048442
    Abstract: A method for operating a user equipment (UE) adapted to perform beaconing includes beamforming a beacon signal in accordance with at least one transmit beam of a set of transmit beams, thereby producing at least one beamformed beacon signal, transmitting the at least one beamformed beacon signal on a first uplink channel, repeating the beamforming and the transmitting for remaining transmit beams of the set of transmit beams, and receiving downlink reference signals from a transmit-receive point using receive beamforming and beam adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Aimin Justin Sang, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu, Nathan Edward Tenny
  • Publication number: 20180035396
    Abstract: A method for transmitting beamformed signals includes beamforming a synchronization signal in accordance with a first set of spatially separated transmission beams, thereby producing first beamformed synchronization signals, transmitting the first beamformed synchronization signals, determining if a first synchronization cycle is complete, and when the first synchronization cycle is not complete, rotating the first set of spatially separated transmission beams, and repeating the beamforming, the transmitting, and the determining until the first synchronization cycle is complete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Applicant: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu, Majid Ghanbarinejad, Qian Cheng
  • Patent number: 9843467
    Abstract: A transmitting device for transmitting data symbols and pilot symbols in an OFDM transmission system; the device comprising symbol generating means for generating said data symbols and said pilot symbols, means for transmitting said data symbols and pilot symbols respectively by using a plurality of subcarriers of said OFDM transmission system, wherein said symbol generating means is designed to selectively generate a first type pilot symbol and a second type pilot symbol being orthogonal to said first type pilot symbol so that a pilot symbol pattern in the frequency dimension comprises at least said first type pilot symbol to be transmitted by using a predefined subcarrier and second type pilot symbol to be transmitted by using other predefined subcarrier, and wherein said pilot symbol pattern has a different pattern from a succeeding pilot symbol pattern in time dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SONY DEUTSCHLAND GmbH
    Inventors: Zhaocheng Wang, Richard Stirling-Gallacher
  • Publication number: 20170346525
    Abstract: A method for operating a transmission-reception point (TRP) includes determining a first cycle of backhaul communications modes for the TRP, each backhaul communications mode of the first cycle is associated with a different time period and prompts the TRP to either transmit or receive using a subset of communications beams available to the TRP during an associated time period, wherein the communications beams used by the TRP and neighboring TRPs of the TRP in each associated time period are selected to prevent mutual interference, and wherein at least one backhaul communications mode of the first cycle prompts the TRP to either transmit or receive using all of the communications beams available to the TRP, determining a backhaul frame configuration for the TRP in accordance with the first cycle, the backhaul frame configuration specifying an arrangement of subframes of a frame used for backhaul communications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Lili Zhang, Nathan Edward Tenny
  • Publication number: 20170346611
    Abstract: A method for operating a transmission point with reduced interference includes determining a beamformed signal configuration specified in accordance with configuration information of neighboring TPs, wherein the beamformed signal configuration indicates multiplexed beamformed signals in a spatial domain and at least one of a time domain and a frequency domain, and transmitting beamformed signals in accordance with the beamformed signal configuration, wherein the beamformed signals comprises at least one of beamformed reference signals and beamformed control signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu, Jian Wang
  • Publication number: 20170347391
    Abstract: A method for operating a first transmit-receive point (TRP) includes receiving a first measurement report from a user equipment (UE), the first measurement report including an identifier of a second TRP, requesting a second measurement report from the UE, the second measurement report to include automatic neighbor relation (ANR) information associated with the second TRP, wherein the ANR information includes a beam specific information, receiving the second measurement report including a first subset of the ANR information, and determining a neighbor configuration with the second TRP in accordance with the first subset of the ANR information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Nathan Edward Tenny, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu
  • Publication number: 20170339675
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a method for providing a data link between one or more high frequency Transmission Points (TPs) and a User Equipment (UE) in a wireless network, the method including receiving, by the UE, an assignment from a macro cell in the heterogeneous wireless network, wherein the assignment includes a UE specific reference signal set that maps to one or more high frequency TP downlink beams. The UE identifies each of the one or more TP downlink beams by detecting the UE specific reference signals sent in each of the one or more TP downlink beams. The UE measures a quality of each of the one or more TP downlink beams and selects a selected beam from the one or more TP downlink beams based on the quality. The UE establishes the data link to the high frequency TP that transmitted the selected beam using the selected beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Bin Liu, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Nathan Edward Tenny, Lili Zhang
  • Publication number: 20170332417
    Abstract: An embodiment method for transmitting information between a user equipment (UE) and a transmission point (TP) is disclosed that includes transmitting, by the UE, a first message from the UE to the TP, the first message including a locally scoped user equipment ID (UE ID) and a request for random access. The UE receives a second message from the TP that includes a random access grant and the UE ID. The UE determines if the second message is directed to the UE by UE ID transmitted in the second message. The UE transmits a third message to the TP, the third message including a data burst.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventors: Nathan Edward Tenny, Bin Liu, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Jian Wang
  • Publication number: 20170317866
    Abstract: A system and method of communicating sounding reference signals (SRSs) in a cellular time division duplex (TDD) mmWave system. A transmission point (TP) may transmit beamformed reference signals to a user equipment (UE), each of the beamformed reference signals having been transmitted according to a beam direction in a set of beam directions available to the TP. The TP may receive a feedback message from the UE that identifies one of the beamformed reference signals transmitted to the UE. The TP may select, from the set of beam directions available to the TP, a subset of beam directions for SRS reception based on the feedback message received from the UE, and receive uplink SRS signals according to beam directions in the subset of beam directions. The set of beam directions available to the TP includes at least one beam direction that is excluded from the subset of beam directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Nathan Edward Tenny, Bin Liu
  • Publication number: 20170318604
    Abstract: A BS determines an amount of resource overloading for a contention transmission unit (CTU) access region associated with a grant-free uplink transmission scheme in a multiple access system. The BS determines a modulation and coding scheme (MCS) limit indicating a maximum MCS level for the CTU access region. The BS sends the MCS limit to a plurality of user equipments (UEs) associated with the first CTU access region. A UE receives from the base station the MCS limit and determines a first MCS index within the MCS limit for a first uplink transmission. The UE sends the first uplink transmission to the base station using a CTU in the CTU access region. The first uplink transmission includes user data and the first MCS index determined at the first UE.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bin Liu, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Jian Wang
  • Publication number: 20170311353
    Abstract: A method for operating a user equipment (UE) in a millimeter wave (mmWave) communications system includes receiving a first wide beam beam-formed reference signal from a mmWave evolved NodeB (eNB) during an initial time interval, the first wide beam beam-formed reference signal carrying timing information, detecting a wide beam boundary between the first wide beam beam-formed reference signal and a second wide beam beam-formed reference signal during a subsequent time interval, wherein both the first wide beam beam-formed reference signal and the second wide beam beam-formed reference signal are rotated by a narrow beam beam-width during each intermediate time interval between the initial time interval and the subsequent time interval, and informing the mmWave eNB of an indication that the UE detected the wide beam boundary during the subsequent time interval, the indication being used to assign a narrow beam direction to the UE.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: Bin Liu, Richard Stirling-Gallacher