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DTC Seminar Series

Vehicle-to-X communication using millimeter waves


Robert W. Heath Jr.
University of Texas at Austin

Thursday, April 7, 2016
4:00 p.m. reception
4:30 p.m. seminar

401/402 Walter Library

Vehicles are becoming more intelligent and automated. To achieve higher automation levels, vehicles are being equipped with more and more sensors. High data rate connectivity seems critical to allow vehicles exchanging all these sensor data to enlarge their sensing range and make better safety related decisions. Current solutions for vehicular communications though do not support the gigabit-per-second data rates required to exchange raw sensor data between the vehicles or between the vehicles or the infrastructure. This presentation makes the case that millimeter wave communication is the only viable approach for high bandwidth connected vehicles. The motivation and challenges associated with using mmWave for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure applications are highlighted. Examples from recent work are provided including new notions of coherence time and innovative architectural concepts like radar-aided communication.


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. He is a co-author of the book Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications published by Prentice Hall in 2014. He is a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.