Wireless communication via millimeter wave (mmWave) frequencies is a key component of future cellular systems. mmWave deployments will use beamforming with large antenna arrays by both the base stations and mobile stations to ensure sufficient received signal power. Prior work on coverage and rate of mmWave cellular networks focused mainly on the case when base stations and mobile users beamfomring vectors are perfectly designed for maximum beamforming gains.
Mobile wearable computing devices are rapidly making inroads due to advancements in miniature electronics fabrication technology, mobile wireless communication, efficient batteries, and increasingly capable data analytics. The major driver of the mobile electronics market has been fitness and healthcare gadgets. Recently, a new class of high-end wearable devices has emerged with relaxed power constraints and high data rate requirements.
Surface transportation safety can be enhanced by the use of wireless technologies, mainly automotive radar and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication. Automotive radar provides a high-resolution low-latency approach for a continuous automatic detection and ranging of both communication-enabled and non-communication-enabled transportation users. V2V systems rely on the collaborative communication between vehicles to achieve a real-time cooperative detection and ranging.
Prof. Andrea Alù was recently appointed as a Simons Investigator in Physics. This program aims to provide a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, and enables them to undertake long-term investigations of fundamental questions in their fields.
WNCG student Ahmed Kord received a 2016 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship for his project entitled, “Fully-Integrated Reconfigurable Magnet-less Non-reciprocal Components for Next-Generation Wireless Communication Systems.” The project was completed in collaboration with Negar Reiskarimian at Columbia University.
5G technology will play a major role in the future of automotive systems. Exactly how this technology will be implemented is still up for debate. To discuss current research and possible directions for 5G, industry experts met in New York for the Brooklyn 5G Summit in April 2016.
The Data-Supported Transportation Operations and Planning Center (D-STOP) from UT Austin met with representatives from local and state government, academia and industry in early April at a symposium designed to collaborate on the future of Smart Cities. The day-long event explored smart transportation systems, collaborative ecosystems, infrastructure-based technology, regional planning and analytics and connected vehicles through a series of panels featuring experts in the field.