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Opening Plenary: Current Developments and Challenges towards Intelligent Transportation Systems

Tuesday 04 September 2012, 8:30–10:30 (2000AB)

Jean Luc Bérubé, President, Communications Research Center Canada

Innovative spectrum science and technology is critical to support spectrum management in Canada and optimize its usage. To fulfill its mandate of providing advice for the spectrum policy framework and addressing the challenge of wireless spectrum demand outstripping available supply, CRC has developed and added LTE capability to its wireless test network. This test network enables studies of the performance and capabilities of a wide variety of emerging wireless technologies, and supports the government's efforts to maximize the usability of wireless spectrum in Canada. The LTE test network infrastructure can support analysis of intelligent transport systems (ITS), independent handover implementation, as well as mobile wireless offloading technologies. The concept of the cognitive femtocell network is under development as one of the milestones in addressing ITS and networked vehicle needs. Current work on highly adaptable wireless platforms will also be presented, and new research opportunities will be highlighted.

In 2009, Dr. Jean Luc Bérubé joined CRC as Vice-President of Broadband Network Technologies Research. He was named president in 2011. Dr. Bérubé began his career in 1984 with Canadian Marconi Company, where he pioneered the use of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA). He joined Nortel in 1993, leading teams designing advanced telecommunications equipment. He then moved to Motorola in 1997 and later became Senior Manager, Field Applications Engineering at Altera. Dr. Bérubé holds a B. Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, N.B., an M.Sc.A. (Génie électrique, 1987) from Montréal’s École Polytechnique, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (1995) from the University of New Brunswick.

Wednesday Plenary 1: The Renaissance of Wireless Communications in the Massively Broadband® Era

Wednesday 05 September 2012, 8:45–9:30 (2000AB)

Ted Rappaport, David Lee/Ernst Weber Chair of Electrical Engineering at NYU-Poly

This talk outlines the coming revolution of wireless communications in the 30 to 300 GHz bands, and describes recent accomplishments in circuits and antenna designs, including very recent work into millimeter-wave urban cellular communications. The talk then illustrates how many of the same problems in wireless communications signal processing can be applied to modern medicine, and highlights new medical research problems that may soon be solved by wireless communications technologies and methodologies.

Theodore (Ted) Rappaport currently serves as the David Lee/Ernst Weber Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYU-Poly, and is a professor at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the NYU School of Medicine. Rappaport is founding director of NYU WIRELESS, a new kind of academic research center that combines wireless communications engineering and computer science with the practice of medicine and health care. Earlier in his career, he founded two of the largest and most highly regarded research programs in wireless communications at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and The University of Texas at Austin (UTA). He also launched two companies that were instrumental in the deployment of modern day cellular telephone networks. Rappaport holds more than 100 patents that are issued or pending, and has authored numerous books including the most popular textbook in the wireless engineering field. In 1990 at Virginia Tech, he founded the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG, now Wireless@VT), a center that became a leading producer of research and young engineers for the booming cellular telephone industry, and founded the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at UTA in 2002. He received the Marconi Young Scientist Award in 1990, the Terman Award from ASEE in 2002, The IET Sir Monty Finniston Medal in 2011, and the IEEE William E. Sayle Education Award in 2012. He was recently named a Distinguished Engineering Alumni of Purdue University.

Wednesday Plenary 2: Solving the Too Much Data Paradox with Small cells, Relays and HetNets

Wednesday 05 September 2012, 9:30–10:30 (2000AB)

Reinaldo Valenzuela, Director, Wireless Comms. Research Dept., BellLabs, Alcatel-Lucent

Data traffic on wireless networks is experiencing unprecedented and explosive growth fueled by smart devices and a plethora of new applications. At the same time, there is a limited choice of technologies that may continue to provide the required increases in system capacity and spectral efficiency at an affordable cost. Small cells, Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets) and Relays may offer an economic alternative and have attracted intense interest. I will review several key questions which need to be answered for these technologies to deliver their full potential.

Reinaldo A. Valenzuela: B.Sc. University of Chile, Ph.D. Imperial College. IEEE Fellow. 2010 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award. Director, Wireless Communications Research Department, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Bell Laboratories. Engaged in MIMO/space time systems achieving high capacities using transmit and receive antenna arrays. HetNets. He has published over 130 papers and 12 patents. He has over 16000 Google Scholar citations and is a 'Highly Cited Author' In Thomson ISI and a Fulbright Senior Specialist.

Thursday Plenary: Wireless Network Coding - to PHY or not to PHY

Thursday 06 September 2012, 9:00–10:00 (2000AB)

Muriel Médard, Professor, MIT

The intersection of network coding and wireless communications leads to potentially rich interactions among layers. In this talk, we examine whether coding in ways that blend network coding and PHY layer coding is beneficial. In the high SNR regime, we argue that analog network coding, in effect amplify and forward, is optimal, thus requiring only PHY-layer ISI coding. In the low SNR regime, we argue that network coding and PHY coding can be separated. A secondary effect of such separation is that network planning may lend itself to elegant design. In intermediate regimes, equivalence theory provides bounds that point to the frequent desirability of separating network coding and PHY coding, but no asymptotic optimality. However, we illustrate, through the use of network coding to replace MAC level ACKs and hybrid ARQ, that separation can lead in practice to considerable throughput gains, on the order of a factor of 6.

Muriel Médard is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT. She was previously an Assistant Professor in the ECE Departmentat UIUC and a Staff Memberat MIT Lincoln Laboratory. She received B.S. degrees in EECS, in Mathematics, and in Humanities, as well as M.S. and Sc D. degrees in EE, all from MIT. She has served as an Associate Editor for the Optical Communications and Networking Series of the IEEE Journalon Selected Areas in Communications, the IEEE Transactionson Information Theory and the OSA Journal of OpticalNetworking. She has served as a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (twice), the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications and the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensic and Security. She serves as an associate editor for the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society and currently serves as First Vice-President. She has served as TPC co-chair of ISIT, WiOpt and CONEXT. She was awarded the 2009 IEEE Communication Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the 2009 IEEE William R. Bennett Prize in the Field of Communications, and the 2002 IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Prize Paper Award. She was co-winner of the 2004 MIT Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award. In 2007, she was named a Gilbreth Lecturer by the National Academy of Engineering. Professor Médard's research interests are in the areas of network coding and reliable communications, particularly for optical and wireless networks.

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