Mid-June Distinguished Lecture Tour: Prof. Andy Molisch, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (taking place at Bristol University, King’s College London, University of York, University of Edinburgh)

We are delighted to announce that Prof. Andy Molisch, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, will be giving a Distinguished Lecture tour to a number of universities in mid-June, supported by the UK and Ireland Chapter of the VTS. The locations/dates and travel information for his lectures are as follows:

  • Bristol University: Wednesday, June 17, 3pm (early information available here)
    • Note, this lecture will be held in the “Queen’s Building”, Room 1.15. Travel/location information is available here and (a close-up, printable campus map) here.
  • King’s College London: Friday, June 19, 2pm
    • Note, this lecture will be held in the “King’s Building” of King’s College London Strand Campus, Room K3.11. Travel/location information is available here (see building “A” in the lower-most map on this link) and here. Note, the best entrance to use for the King’s College Strand Campus is the one on the South side of the Strand, some 70 m West of the junction with Surrey Street. Internal maps of the Strand Campus are available here. Note that K3.11 is on the third floor. Rooms in King’s ancient and esteemed King’s Building are notoriously difficult to find – please pay careful attention to the maps and the access to the third floor and K3.11 from the second floor.
  • University of York: Monday, June 22, 1pm
    • This lecture will be held in room P/L002 of the Physics/Electronics building. Travel/location information is available here. Further, there will be refreshments available to registered attendees from 12.45pm in the concourse area of the Physics/Electronics Exhibition Centre. This is outside room PT007.
  • University of Edinburgh: Tuesday, June 23, 1pm
    • The lecture will be held in the Kings Buildings campus, James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB), Lecture Theatre C. For travel to the Kings Buildings via car or taxi: Enter gate 4 on Mayfield Road. Parking is available in front of the AGB Building, or follow the road from gate 4 to the left and then take the first right to parking (in front on the main entrance to the JCMB). Lecture Theatre C can be reached from both the 2nd and 3rd floor of the JCMB Building. Further location information for the JCMB is available here and here.

Prof. Molisch will be giving the following talks on this tour:

1) Femto-caching and device-to-device collaboration for wireless video networks (at King’s College London and the University of York)

Abstract: The ongoing explosive increase in the demand for video content in wireless networks requires new architectures to increase capacity without excessive costs. The talk will present a new architecture for solving this problem, exploiting a special feature of video viewing, namely asynchronous reuse. The approach is based on (i) distributed caching of the content in femto-basestations with small or non-existing backhaul capacity but with considerable storage space, called helper nodes, and/or (ii) usage of the wireless terminals themselves as caching helpers, which can distribute video through device-to-device communications. The talk will discuss the fundamental principles, scaling laws for the throughput, as well as practical implementation considerations. The new architecture can improve video throughput by one to two orders-of-magnitude.

2) Channel models and algorithms for massive MIMO (at Bristol University and the University of Edinburgh)

Abstract: Massive MIMO has drawn great attention in the past years, as it promises a dramatic increase in the capacity of multi-user systems, while at the same time simplifying receiver algorithms. However, there are also significant practical challenger, like the cost related to a massive number of RF chains, so that ingenious new algorithms are required for retaining performance while keeping complexity under control. Many of the algorithms are analyzed with very simplified channel models, and it is not immediately obvious whether performance can be retained in more realistic settings. The current talk will first give an overview of channel measurements and modeling specifically for the massive MIMO scenarios. We will then describe a simplified algorithm, called JSDM, that is based on RF preprocessing, and analyze how realistic propagation conditions impact its performance, and how it can be modified to adapt to such conditions.

His biography is as follows:

Andreas F. Molisch is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Communication Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. His current research interests are the measurement and modeling of mobile radio channels, ultra-wideband communications and localization, cooperative communications,multiple-input–multiple-output systems, wireless systems for healthcare, and novel cellular architectures. He has published 4 books, 16 book chapters, 170 journal papers, 250 conference papers, as well as 80 patents, and 70 standards contributions.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the AAAS, Fellow of the IET, an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, and a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He has received numerous awards, most recently the Donald Fink Prize of the IEEE, and the Eric Sumner Award of the IEEE.

We look forward to your attendance to these lectures! Note that attendance will be free of charge. More detail will be announced in the near future, including aspects such as travel information, and possible (free) registration requirements, among others.

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