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Technology Hurdles and “Killer Apps” en route to the Wireless Future
Wireless technology has enormous potential to change the way we live, work, and play over the next several decades. Future wireless
networks will support 100 Gbps communication between people, devices, and the “Internet of Things,” with high reliability and uniform
coverage indoors and out. The shortage of spectrum to support such systems will be alleviated by advances in massive MIMO and mmW
technology as well as cognitive radios. Wireless technology will also enable smart and energy-efficient homes and buildings, automated
highways and skyways, and in-body networks for monitoring, analysis and treatment of medical conditions. Breakthrough energy-efficiency
architectures, algorithms and hardware will allow wireless networks to be powered by tiny batteries, energy-harvesting, or overthe-
air power transfer. Finally, new communication systems based on biology and chemistry to encode bits will enable a wide range
of new micro and macroscale applications. There are many technical challenges that must be overcome in order to make this vision a
reality. This talk will describe what the wireless future might look like along with some of the innovations and breakthroughs required to
realize this vision.
Andrea Goldsmith is the Stephen Harris professor in the School of Engineering and a professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford
University. She was previously on the faculty of Electrical Engineering at Caltech. She co-founded and served as CTO of both Wildfire.
Exchange, which develops software-defined wireless network technology, and of Quantenna Communications Inc., which develops
high-performance Wi-Fi chipsets. She currently serves on the Technical Advisory Boards of several public and private companies, and
she has previously held industry positions at Maxim Technologies, Memorylink Corporation, and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Dr. Goldsmith is
a Fellow of the IEEE and of Stanford, and she has received several awards for her work, including the IEEE ComSoc Edwin H. Armstrong
Achievement Award as well as Technical Achievement Awards in Communications Theory and in Wireless Communications, the National
Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lecture Award, the IEEE ComSoc and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the IEEE
ComSoc Best Tutorial Paper Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the WICE Technical Achievement Award, and the Silicon Valley/San
Jose Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award. She is author of the book “Wireless Communications’’ and co-author of the books
“MIMO Wireless Communications’’ and “Principles of Cognitive Radio,” all published by Cambridge University Press. She received the
B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.
Dr. Goldsmith served on the Steering Committee for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and has previously served
as editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, the Journal on Foundations and Trends in Communications and Information
Theory and in Networks, the IEEE Transactions on Communications, and the IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine. Dr. Goldsmith
participates actively in committees and conference organization for the IEEE Information Theory and Communications Societies and has
served on the Board of Governors for both societies. She has been a Distinguished Lecturer for both societies, served as the President
of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 2009, founded and chaired the student committee of the IEEE Information Theory society, and
currently chairs the Emerging Technology Committee and is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee in the IEEE Communications
Society. At Stanford she received the inaugural University Postdoc Mentoring Award, served as Chair of its Faculty Senate and for
multiple Senate terms, and currently serves on its Budget Group, Committee on Research, and Task Force on Women and Leadership.