Visible Light Communications for 5G-and-beyond

28 September 2020, 13:00 - 14:30 - Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)

Future wireless networks have to deal with a high degree of heterogeneity in terms of device classes, deployment environments, and mobility levels. Coexisting wireless technologies is an encouraging approach to revolutionize future networks. The radio-frequency (RF) based WiFi access points have been already considered to enable indoor traffic off-loading from LTE-cells. In addition to RF, optical wireless technologies such as visible light communications (VLC) open up a new opportunity. VLC is an emerging technology that uses, for example, the existing indoor lighting infrastructure to offer data transmission combined with high-quality illumination. The technology has the potential to add capacity and to be an attractive complementary to off-load data from existing RF networks. In this webinar, we focus on describing the potential of VLC, highlighting different research challenges, and articulating classical as well as machine learning-based approaches to deal with these challenges.

About Our Speaker: Hany Elgala, University at Albany

Hany ElgalaHany Elgala is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, at the University at Albany (UAlbany) - State University of New York (SUNY). Before joining UAlbany, he was a Research Professor at Boston University. Dr. Elgala has been active in visible light communications (VLC) research for more than 14 years. He was a faculty member and communications testbed leader in the Light Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) Engineering Research Center (ERC). He coordinated two industrial projects in Germany with Airbus and the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) to realize high-speed optical wireless networks in airplane cabins. Dr. Elgala is currently serving as Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications (TCOM), Area: Optical Wireless Systems and Networks. He was the Lead Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, Special Issue: Coexisting Radio and Optical Wireless Deployments (CROWD).

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