Communications and Signal Processing Seminar
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Vehicles are becoming more intelligent. To achieve higher automation levels, vehicles are now being equipped with more and more sensors. High data rate connectivity seems critical to allow vehicles and road infrastructure to enlarge their sensing range and make better safety related decisions. Connectivity also enables other applications such as infotainment or high levels of traffic coordination. In this presentation, I make the case that high-data rate communication provided by 5G and beyond will be important in future vehicular systems. Then I describe the Situation-Aware Vehicular Engineering Systems (SAVES) initiative at UT Austin, which provides a platform for industry to fund research in communications, sensing, and machine learning for vehicles. Finally, I show some highlights of my research related to cellular radar networks, joint communication and radar, and communication with information and wave-theoretic constraints.
Robert W. Heath Jr. is a Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering in the Department of ECE at The University of Texas at Austin, and Director of UT SAVES. He has received several awards including the 2019 IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize and then 2019 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu 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) and “Foundations of MIMO Communications” (Cambridge 2019). He is a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, a Private Pilot, a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and a Fellow of the IEEE.