MIT-Harvard CINCS / Hamilton Institute Seminar

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 15:00 to 16:00
Passcode: 825980

MIT-Harvard CINCS (Communications Information Networks Circuits and Signals) / Hamilton Institute Seminar

Speaker: Professor Katie Wilson, Santa Clara University

Title: "Sometimes Less is More: Guessing one's way to reduced blockage"

Abstract: High frequency (mmWave and higher) systems are being used for curb-to-home systems and indoor networks. In these systems, the transmitter and receiver positions are generally fixed, while the environment between the transmitter and receiver can shift suddenly and cause blockages.  Using two simultaneous narrow beams can mitigate the blockage due to pesky animals and leaves. However, a phase and time delay can cause a drop in rate.  This talk discusses a simple 1-bit feedback system that guesses the a phase and delay that is good enough to increase the transmission rate.  As the received channel can change quickly due to blockages  and thus require a different transmission rate, we propose a low-complexity feedback system that adjusts the transmission rate so that when one of the beams is blocked, an outage is prevented.

Bio: Sarah Kate Wilson received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College with honors in Mathematics in 1979 and her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering in 1994. She has worked in both industry and academia and has been a visiting professor at Lulea University of Technology, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Stanford University and Northeastern University. She is a  Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering  at Santa Clara University. She has served as an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Communications Letters and IEEE Transactions on Communications and the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Letters. She served as the Director of Journals 2012-2013 and the Vice-President of Publications 2014-2015 for the IEEE Communications Society. She is a Fellow of the IEEE "for contributions to Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing" and won the 2018 IEEE Education Society Harriet Rigas Award  "for excellence in communications engineering,education and promoting equity."