Dr. Robert Heath, Ph.D., P.E., will participate in a panel discussion on the future of wireless communications. Dr. Heath is an IEEE Fellow, holds the Cullen Trust for Higher Education Professorship in Engineering at the University of Texas - Austin and is the Director of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Heath's research expertise is at the intersection of wireless communication, signal processing, applied math, and communication theory. Dr. Heath has an active research program in all aspects of MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) communication including multiuser MIMO, massive MIMO, MIMO cellular networks, and MIMO ad hoc networks. Dr. Heath is also pursuing a variety of problems in related areas like millimeterwave communication, cloud radio access networks, and applications of stochastic geometry and random shape theory to wireless communication. He is leading the University of Texas team developing a Perceptual Optimization of Large Scale Wireless Video Networks.
Dr. Heath was also designated as an IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer 2013-2014.
Professor Thomas Kailath, Hitachi America Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, at Stanford University, has also graciously accepted our invitation to participate in the 25th Anniversary Symposium. Dr. Kailath currently holds the position of Professor, Emeritus at Stanford University. Dr. Kailath is a Fellow of the IEEE and received the IEEE Medal of Honor in 2007 for exceptional contributions to the development of powerful algorithms for communications, control, computing and signal processing. Among his other major honors are the Shannon Award of the IEEE Information Theory Society; the IEEE Education Medal and the IEEE Signal Processing Medal; Guggenheim, Churchill and Humboldt Fellowships; honorary degrees from universities in Sweden, Scotland, Spain, France, India and Israel; the Padma Bhushan, a high civilian award of the Government of India; the BBVA Foundation Prize for information and communication technologies; membership of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and foreign membership of the Royal Society of London, the Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering, and the major science and engineering academies in India.
Most notably, Dr. Kailath received the US National Medal of Science, widely considered the pinnacle of scientific achievement, by President Barack Obama in October, 2014.
Jerry Park recently gave the opening invited presentation -- entitled "Federal-commercial spectrum sharing: Security and privacy issues" -- at the 2014 International Workshop on TV White Space, which was held in Seoul, South Korea on Nov. 25, 2014. The Workshop attendees included distinguished experts from academia and industry as well as government officials from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.
In keeping with our 25th Anniversary celebration of the MPRG/Wireless @ Virginia Tech Research Group, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Theodore "Ted" Rappaport, founding director of the original MPRG group, will present a history of where wireless was 25 years ago and where it is now, covering all of the important milestones in between. Dr. Rappaport is now the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical Engineering at NYU-Poly. For more information on Dr. Rappaport, please visit his faculty web page here.
Our second Keynote Speaker is Dr. Jeffrey G. Andrews, the Cullen Trust Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas - Austin. Dr. Andrews will provide an analysis of where wireless technology is now, and where it will be headed in the future. For more information on Dr. Andrews, please visit his web page here.