Thursday, 9 December 2010

Broadband Wireless Personal Area Networks - 60 GHz and beyond
(Organizer and Chair: Prof. Theodore S. Rappaport, Univ. of Texas, USA)

This forum presents an overview of the technological advances in millimeter-wave circuit components, circuits, antennas, and propagation that will soon allow 60 GHz transceivers (and greater carrier frequencies)  to provide multi gigabit per second (Gbps) wireless communication data transfers in the consumer marketplace. The convergence of communications, circuits, and antennas will be required to enable sub-terahertz and low-terahertz wireless communications. This workshop covers emerging trends and recent accomplishments across a wide range of circuits and systems topics that must be understood to enable massively broadband wireless communication systems of the future. The workshop includes an overview of recent research progress in on-chip antennas, power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers, voltage controlled oscillators, mixers, and analog-to-digital converters. In addition, we demonstrate characterization techniques that are required to competently design and fabricate millimeter-wave devices in silicon, and highlight the characteristics of the RF communications channel at 60 GHz and above. Global standardization activities are also presented.

Mr. Marco Corsi
TI Fellow, Texas Instruments, USA

Marco Corsi
 joined Texas Instruments in 1990 as an analog design engineer for TI Europe’s linear design organization. He was elected TI Fellow in 2002 and currently is a Senior Technologist in Texas Instruments “Kilby Labs” research organization. Recently he was the design manager for TI’s high speed analog to digital converter development efforts. In addition, Corsi served previously as the lead design engineer on TI’s BiCOM technology, or bipolar process technology, development. Corsi earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge in England. He holds 59 patents.

Dr. Robert W. Heath, Jr.
Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Robert W. Heath
, Jr. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group where he directs the Wireless Systems Innovations Laboratory. He received his B.S.E.E. (1996) and his M.S.E.E. (1997) degrees from the University of Virginia, and the Ph.D.E.E. (2002) degree from Stanford University. From 1998 to 1999, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Iospan Wireless Inc, San Jose, CA where he played a key role in the design and implementation of the physical and link layers of the first commercial MIMO-OFDM communication system. The proposed broadband wireless access system employed OFDM modulation, MIMO technology, and adaptive space-time modulation. From 1999 to 2001 he served as a Senior Consultant for Iospan Wireless Inc. In 2003 he founded MIMO Wireless Inc, a consulting company dedicated to the advancement of MIMO technology. Since January 2002, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin where he serves as an Associate Professor and is affiliated with the Wireless Networking and Communications Group. He has consulted for a variety of international companies.

Prof. Heath's current research include all aspects of MIMO communication including antenna design, practical receiver architectures, limited feedback techniques, mobility management, and scheduling algorithms as well as cognitive radio, 60GHz wireless communication, and body area networks. He teaches courses on a variety of topics including Wireless Communication, Digital Signal Processing, Space-Time Communication, and Statistical Signal Processing, to support his research program in wireless communication systems. He has published over 150 refereed conference and journal papers, been awarded 20 patents, and is the author of the forthcoming book Advanced MIMO Communication. Dr. Heath has been an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communication and an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He is a member of the Signal Processing for Communications Technical Committee in the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He was a technical co-chair for the 2007 Fall Vehicular Technology Conference, is the general chairهof the 2008 Communication Theory Workshop, is a co-organizer and co-technical-chair of the 2009 Signal Processing for Wireless Communications Workshop, and is co-technical-chair of the 2010 International Symposium on Information Theory. He is the recipient of the David and Doris Lybarger Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.

Prof. Theodore S. Rappaport

William and Bettye Nowlin Chair, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport
is the William and Bettye Nowlin Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and founded the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the university's Austin campus in 2002. Prior to joining UT Austin, he was on the electrical and computer engineering faculty of Virginia Tech where he founded the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG), one of the world's first university research and teaching centers dedicated to the wireless communications field. Prof. Rappaport has been a pioneer in the fields of radio wave propagation, wireless communication system design, and 60 GHz/millimeter wave communications, and his work has influenced international wireless standard bodies. Rappaport has served on the Technological Advisory Council of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and has conducted research for NSF, DoD, and dozens of global wireless communications companies throughout his career. He is one of the world's most highly cited authors in the wireless field, having authored or co-authored over 200 technical papers, over 100 US and international patents, and several best-selling books. In 2006, Rappaport was elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), and was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) in 2008. In 2008, he received the Industry Leadership award from the Austin Wireless Alliance and the IEEE Communications Society WTC Recognition Award for outstanding achievements and contributions in the area of wireless communications systems and networks. In 1999, his pioneering work on site-specific RF propagation and system design received the IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award.ه In 1989, he founded TSR Technologies, Inc., a cellular radio/PCS software radio manufacturer that he sold in 1993 to what is now CommScope, Inc. (NYSE: CTV). In 1995, he founded Wireless Valley Communications Inc., a site-specific wireless network design and management firm that he sold in 2005 to Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT). Rappaport has testified before the US Congress, has served as an international consultant for the ITU, has consulted for over 30 major telecommunications firms, and works on many national committees pertaining to communications research and technology policy. He is a highly sought-after consultant and technical expert, and serves on boards of several high-tech companies. As a faculty member, Rappaport has advised over 100 students who continue to accomplish great things in the communications, electromagnetics and circuit design fields throughout industry, academia, and government. When he is not teaching or doing research with students, he enjoys long-distance running, amateur radio (N9NB), singing, and traveling. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1982, 1984, and 1987, respectively, and is an Outstanding Electrical Engineering Alumnus from his alma mater.