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2018 Short Course

Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Time: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Discussion Topic: Phased Arrays and Massive MIMO: Technology and Systems


  • Mark Rodwell (UCSB)
  • Gabriel Rebeiz (UCSD)
  •  Amitava Ghoush (Nokia)

7:15 - 7:45 AM   Registration and breakfast
7:45 - 8:00 AM Welcome The’ Linh Nguyen and Shahriar Shahramian

Course Overview
Renowned experts from academia and industry will share their views on technology and systems for active antenna systems used in massive MIMO, 5G, and beyond.

8:00 - 10:00 AM

Device, Circuit, and Systems Considerations for Highly Integrated 30-300GHz Wireless Systems Instructor: Mark Rodwell (UCSB)

Wireless links using mm-wave (30-300GHz) carrier frequencies can support massive spatial multiplexing, hence massive transmission capacities in both endpoint and backhaul links. Imaging systems using higher (100-300GHz) carrier frequencies can provide foul-weather imaging with TV-like resolution, with applications in automobiles and aircraft. These systems will require high-frequency transistors in VLSI, SiGe, and III-V technologies, phased-array transceiver front-ends, and complex silicon RF ICs to form and aim multiple beams and to null or equalize multipath interference. We will review the design and performance of high-frequency transistors, mm-wave ICs, high-frequency packaging, array modules, and mm-wave imaging and spatially multiplexed communications system design.

Mark Rodwell (Ph.D. Stanford University 1988) holds the Doluca Family Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSB. He directs the SRC/DARPA Center for Converged TeraHertz Communications and Sensing. His research group develops nm and THz transistors, and mm-wave and sub-mm-wave integrated circuits and systems. The work of his group and collaborators has been recognized by the 2010 IEEE Sarnoff Award, the 2012 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award, the 1997 IEEE Microwave Prize, the 1998 European Microwave Conference Microwave Prize, and the 2009 IEEE IPRM Conference Award.

10:00 - 10:30 AM   Break

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

NR Radio Interface for sub 6GHz and mmWave bands

Instructor: Gabriel M. Rebeiz (UCSD)

The talk summarizes the different phased-array architectures used and their related packaging for 5G applications: 28 GHz, 39 GHz, 60 GHz and above. Different phased-arrays will be shown together with their performance over frequency, bandwidth, polarization, and scan range. The work will show that it is possible to build state-of-the-art phased-arrays using simple printed-circuit boards and low-cost silicon chips, ushering the era of Gbps Directive Communications and ending the Marconi Era of communication systems based on Mbps broadcast-to-omni-directional antennas.

Gabriel M. Rebeiz is Distinguished Professor, the Wireless Communications Industry Endowed Chair at UCSD, and Member of the National Academy (elected for phased-arrays). He is an IEEE Fellow, and received the IEEE Daniel Nobel Award for his work on RF MEMS, the MTT Microwave Prize (twice for phased-array topics), the MTT Distinguished Educator Award, IEEE Antennas and Propagation John D. Kraus Award for the mm-wave dielectric lens antenna, and the Harold Wheeler Award for multi-mode phased-array antennas. He also received the Amoco Teaching Award given to the best undergraduate teacher at the University of Michigan, and the Jacobs ECE Teacher of the Year at UCSD. He is considered as one of the fathers of RF MEMS and tunable networks, affordable silicon RFIC phased arrays, and mm-wave and THz antennas. Prof. Rebeiz has graduated nearly 100 PhD students and post-docs, has written 700 IEEE publications, and has been referenced over 35,000 times with an h-index of 82 (one of the highest in the world for RF/microwaves). He was a co-founder of Spectra-Beam (acquired by IDT) and is an advisor to several of the largest commercial and defense companies in the US.

12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 - 3:30 PM

NR Radio Interface for sub 6GHz and mmWave bands

Instructor: Amitava Ghosh (Nokia)

3GPP NR provides a unified, flexible radio interface capable of supporting various 5G verticals such as automotive, healthcare, industry, smart city, etc. In this talk, we will provide an overview of 5G NR radio interface design and will cover advanced technologies for NR such as scalable OFDM numerology, flexible slot structure, beamformed access, advanced channel coding and mmWave technology and how these features enables these 5G verticals. We will also present the system performance of 5G NR both at sub 6GHz and mmWave bands. Finally, the talk will provide an outlook of new features which will be studied in 3GPP Rel-16 and 17.

Amitava Ghosh is a Nokia Fellow and Head, Radio Interface Group at Nokia Bell Labs. He joined Motorola in 1990 after receiving his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Since joining Motorola, he worked on multiple wireless technologies starting from IS-95, cdma-2000, 1xEV-DV/1XTREME, 1xEV-DO, UMTS, HSPA, 802.16e/WiMAX and 3GPP LTE. He has 60 issued patents, has written multiple book chapters and has authored numerous external and internal technical papers. He is currently working on 3GPP LTE-Advanced and 5G technologies. His research interests are in the area of digital communications, signal processing and wireless communications. He is the recipient of 2016 IEEE Stephen O. Rice and 2017 Neal Shephard prize, member of IEEE Access editorial board and co-author of the book titled “Essentials of LTE and LTE-A”.

3:30 - 4:00 PM   Course Evaluation