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In the coming decade, we anticipate the emergence of massively connected networks of billions of devices, leading to unprecedented exponential growth in data rates and in the number of wireless users. The applications include 5G/6G, the Internet of Things, unmanned aerial vehicles, virtual reality, and WiFi imaging. The current approach is to exploit newer frequency bands (mmWave and THz) and multi-antenna structures. However, for various reasons, these solutions fall short of their intended goals. Alireza Vahid, assistant professor of electrical engineering at CU Denver, has received two National Science Foundation grants as principal investigator for his new solutions to the ever-increasing challenges of the wireless networks. Vahid’s unique approach is to jointly design the theory and the radio frequency hardware. This allows for a more efficient integration of algorithms, reduces overhead, and enables new innovative protocols.
Mark Golkowski is chair and professor of electrical engineering.