5G Wireless Networks

Prof. Robert Heath Receives 2016 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize

Prof. Robert Heath and co-authors Federico Boccardi, Angel Lozano, Thomas L. Marzetta and Petar Popovskihave been selected as the 2016 recipients of the IEEE Communication Society's Fred W. Ellersick Prize. The award is given to an influential “paper in any Communications Society magazine in the previous 3 calendar years.”  Prof. Heath and his co-authors were recognized for their paper “Five disruptive technology directions for 5G”, IEEE Communications Magazine, Volume 52, Issue 2, pp. 74 – 80, February 2014.  Prof.

What Will 5G Be?

What will 5G be? What it will not be is an incremental advance on 4G. The previous four generations of cellular technology have each been a major paradigm shift that has broken backwards compatibility. And indeed, 5G will need to be a paradigm shift that includes very high carrier frequencies with massive bandwidths, extreme base station and device densities and unprecedented numbers of antennas.

Five Disruptive Technology Directions for 5G

New research directions will lead to fundamental changes in the design of future fifth generation (5G) cellular networks. This article, authored by Prof. Robert Heath and collaborators, describes five technologies that could lead to both architectural and component disruptive design changes: device-centric architectures, millimeter wave, massive MIMO, smarter devices, and native support for machine-to-machine communications. The key ideas for each technology are described, along with their potential impact on 5G and the research challenges that remain.

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