Webinar Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM (PDT)
Speakers: Prof. Robert W. Heath Jr., University of Texas at Austin; Farooq Khan, CEO, PHAZR.
Location: on the Web
Event Details & Registration: www.comsoc.org/webinars
Summary: The rollout of fifth generation (5G) wireless networks will involve a shift to the millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum in the frequency bands above 24GHz for mobile applications. However, achieving this mmWave spectrum comes at the cost of high propagation loss and susceptibility to blockage. So-called beam-forming techniques can overcome propagation loss by concentrating RF energy in a certain direction. However, this is just a starting point.
The mmWave spectrum requires continuous intelligent beam searching and tracking to discover and then switch to the dominant beam path. This beam path will constantly be changing depending on the environment and mobility, so you need to have a robust mmWave design that makes it feasible in both indoor and outdoor environments. The key to coming up with this robust design is prototyping. This webinar will look at what is involved in prototyping a mmWave 28GHz system, what you can expect to learn, what some of the pitfalls are and how you can overcome them.
Robert W. Heath Jr. received the Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University. He is a Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and a Member of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group. He is also the President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc and Chief Innovation Officer at Kuma Signals LLC. Prof. Heath is a recipient of the 2012 Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper award, a 2013 Signal Processing Society best paper award, the 2014 EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing best paper award, and the 2014 Journal of Communications and Networks best paper award, the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, and the 2016 IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award. He authored “Introduction to Wireless Digital Communication” (Prentice Hall in 2017) and “Digital Wireless Communication: Physical Layer Exploration Lab Using the NI USRP” (National Technology and Science Press in 2012). He co-authored “Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications” (Prentice Hall in 2014). He is a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Intrigued by early cell phones in the 1980s, Farooq Khan decided to turn his curiosity for “what makes them tick” into his career. And ever since, he has never doubted he made the right choice. Now, after three decades, Farooq is the leading authority on mobile technology and envisions a world where an Internet of connected people and things will make us more aware of humanity as a whole, creating a shared wisdom to solve the world’s greatest challenges.
Before founding PHAZR, Farooq was President of Samsung Research America in Dallas, Texas, where he led high impact collaborative research programs in mobile technology. He holds over 200 U.S. patents, has written 50 research articles and a best-selling book, and presented over 100 speeches at professional forums worldwide.