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Information Theoretic Paths Forward in the Wireless Physical Layer

H. Vincent Poor
Princeton University

H. Vincent PoorFriday, August 24, 2018
11:00am – 12:00pm
Light Engineering 250
Remote audience can access a live stream of the lecture at this link.


Abstract: The past three decades have seen the development of widespread consumer mobile
communications and other wireless applications, which today impact the lives of billions of people – indeed most people alive today. Information theory has provided fundamental guidance for the evolution of wireless networks, and in turn wireless communications has provided a wealth of new problems in information theory. Some of the most remarkable advances in this field have involved new ways of exploiting the physical properties of wireless channels, and this lecture will focus on such advances, beginning with a brief overview of some key developments in the recent evolution of this field, and then focusing on information theoretic approaches to two issues of particular relevance to emerging applications such as the Internet-of-Things and autonomous driving: namely, physical-layer security, and reliable communication in the non-asymptotic regime of short codes. The basic principles underlying these approaches will be described, as well as recent developments and open problems.

Bio: H. Vincent Poor is the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. From 1977, and until joining the Princeton faculty in 1990, he was on the faculty of the University of Illinois. During 2006 – 2016, he served as Dean of Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. He has also held visiting positions at several other universities, including most recently at Berkeley and Cambridge. Dr. Poor’s research interests are in signal processing and information theory, and their applications in wireless networks, energy systems and related fields. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, and is a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society, and other national and international academies. Recent recognition of his work includes the 2017 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal and a D.Sc. honoris causa from Syracuse University, also in 2017.

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