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2017 Dean W. Lytle Lecture

The Dean W. Lytle Electrical Engineering Endowed Lecture Series is the Department of Electrical Engineering’s premiere annual event, featuring internationally-renowned researchers in the field of communications and signal processing. Lectures are free and open to the public.

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“Millimeter Wave Communication: From Origins to Disruptive Applications”

Millimeter wave (mmWave) communication has become an incubator for the rebirth of wireless communications. It is already being used in commercial applications such as WLAN, and trials of mmWave technology for 5G are underway.  Robert Heath believes that mmWave is also a conduit for revolutionary applications that require high data rate and low latency. In this talk, Heath explains the concepts of  bandwidth, data rate, latency and MIMO communication, which are essential to understanding the benefits provided by mmWave technology. Heath reviews the history and evolution of mmWave technology from its origins to the present day. He concludes by proposing disruptive applications of mmWave to areas such as vehicular and aerial communications, wearable networks, robotics and factory automation.


Robert Heath (The University of Texas at Austin)

Robert W. Heath Jr. received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is a Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a member of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group. He is also the president and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc. and chief innovation officer at Kuma Signals LLC. Heath is a recipient of the 2012 Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper award, a 2013 Signal Processing Society best paper award, the 2014 EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing best paper award, the 2014 Journal of Communications and Networks best paper award, the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize and the 2016 IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award. His books include “Introduction to Wireless Digital Communication” (Prentice Hall; 2017), “Digital Wireless Communication: Physical Layer Exploration Lab Using the NI USRP” (National Technology and Science Press; 2012) and “Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications” (co-author; Prentice Hall; 2014). Heath is a licensed amateur radio operator, a registered professional engineer in Texas and a Fellow of IEEE.

2017 2 October
3:30pm–4:30pm, Mon, Oct 2nd, 2017