WCSP 2017 Preliminary Technical Program is now available.        WCSP 2017 is technically co-sponsored by IEEE and IEEE Communications Society.       The 9th International Conference on Wireless Communications and Signal Processing (WCSP 2017)      
Keynote 2

Millimeter Wave MIMO Signal Processing

Robert W. Heath

Professor, IEEE Fellow
The University of Texas at Austin, USA


Millimeter wave has become an incubator for the rebirth of MIMO communication. It has many applications, as a core 5G technology, and also as a conduit for emerging applications of wireless to fixed access, vehicular, aerial, and wearable networks. In this talk, I explain why communication at millimeter wave - and even higher frequencies - is interesting from a signal processing perspective. I first describe the three differentiating features of communication at millimeter wave: larger arrays, new channel models, and power constraints. Then I explain how these features impact the formulation and solution of traditional MIMO signal processing problems like beamforming, precoding, and channel estimation. I describe the signal processing challenges associated with fast antenna array configuration. In particular, I highlight how out-of-band information, sensing, and machine learning algorithms can reduce the overhead in tasks such as adaptive channel estimation and beamforming. I conclude with directions for future research.


Robert W. Heath Jr. received the Ph.D. in EE 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 and 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. Prof. 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, and 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. He authored  "Introduction to Wireless Digital Communication” (Prentice Hall in 2017) and "Digital Wireless Communication: Physical Layer Exploration Lab Using the NI USRP” (National Technology and Science Press in 2012). He co-authored “Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications” (Prentice Hall in 2014). He is a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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