Colloquium Details

The Renaissance of Wireless Communications in the Massively Broadband® Era

Speaker: Ted Rappaport, CIMS

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 1302

Date: September 14, 2012, 11:30 a.m.

Host: Dennis Shasha


This talk outlines the coming revolution of wireless communications in the 30 to 300 GHz bands, and describes recent accomplishments in circuits and antenna designs, including very recent work into millimeter-wave urban cellular communications. The talk then illustrates how many of the same problems in wireless communications signal processing can be applied to modern medicine, and highlights new medical research problems that may soon be solved by wireless communications technologies and methodologies.

Speaker Bio:

Theodore (Ted) Rappaport currently serves as the David Lee/Ernst Weber Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYU-Poly, and is a professor at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the NYU School of Medicine. Rappaport is founding director of NYU WIRELESS, a new kind of academic research center that combines wireless communications engineering and computer science with the practice of medicine and health care. Earlier in his career, he founded two of the largest and most highly regarded research programs in wireless communications at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and The University of Texas at Austin (UTA). He also launched two companies that were instrumental in the deployment of modern day cellular telephone networks. Rappaport holds more than 100 patents that are issued or pending, and has authored numerous books including the most popular textbook in the wireless engineering field. In 1990 at Virginia Tech, he founded the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG, now Wireless@VT), a center that became a leading producer of research and young engineers for the booming cellular telephone industry, and founded the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at UTA in 2002. He received the Marconi Young Scientist Award in 1990, the Terman Award from ASEE in 2002, The IET Sir Monty Finniston Medal in 2011, and the IEEE William E. Sayle Education Award in 2012. He was recently named a Distinguished Engineering Alumni of Purdue University.


Refreshments will be offered starting 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the talk.

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