As telecommunications providers ramp up their drives for 5G wireless demonstration projects, we’re bombarded with piecemeal news about advances in signal processing, device-centered communications, and evolving technical standards. This series is will offer context, giving attendees a yardstick for evaluating the sometimes disconnected individual reports that make headlines throughout the year.
5G cannot be built on increasing high-frequency spectrum alone. To reach data-rate and user-density targets, communications strategies are moving away from the base station and migrating to the edge, creating multiple channels in single frequencies and learning how to home in on a single device in a crowded cityscape. In this session, two innovators will discuss the range of increasingly sophisticated signal processing strategies for expanding spectrum efficiency, moving from basic concepts, to massive MIMO (multiple input/multiple output), mmWave MIMO, compressed channel estimation, and beamforming design.
Nuria González Prelcic is Associate Professor in the Signal Theory and Communications Department, University of Vigo, Spain (from which she received her Ph.D. in Telecommunications Engineering). She also serves as director of the Atlantic Research Center for Information and Communication Technologies (AtlantTIC) at the University.
She has held visiting positions with the University of New Mexico (2012), and The University of Texas at Austin (2014 and 2015).
Her main research interests include signal processing theory and signal processing for wireless communications: filter banks, compressive sampling and estimation, multicarrier modulation, channel estimation and MIMO processing for millimeter wave communications. Since December 2016, she has co-authored around 20 journal and conference papers on signal processing for mmWave communications since December 2014, including tutorials and guest editorships for IEEE journals. published in the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing. She has also served as guest editor for the special issue of this journal on signal processing for mmWave wireless communications.
IEEE Fellow Robert W. Heath, Jr. is Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is also a member of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group. He is also president and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc. and Chief Innovation Officer at Kuma Signals LLC.
He is a co-author of Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications, published by Prentice Hall in 2014, and of Digital Wireless Communication: Physical Layer Exploration Lab Using the NI USRP, published by the National Technology and Science Press in 2012.
While earning his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Dr. Heath Stanford, worked with Iospan Wireless Inc, San Jose, CA to design and implement of the physical and link layers of the first commercial MIMO-OFDM communication system at
Dr. Heath has authored or co-authored numerous papers, including at least 8 that have been earned Best Paper awards. He is also an elected member of the Board of Governors for the IEEE Signal Processing Society.
Douglas McCormick, IEEE Spectrum “Tech Talk” contributor, is a New York City-based freelance writer and communications consultant specializing in technology and life science. He has been editor or editorial director of such publications as PM360 (for healthcare marketers), BioTechniques (for molecular biology researchers), Pharmaceutical Technology, and Nature Publishing Company’s Bio/Technology (now called Nature Biotechnology).
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