UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


Millimetric Wave Distribution Networks (MDN)

25 January 2019, 3:30 pm–4:15 pm

By Professor Paulraj, Emeritus Professor from Stanford University.

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UCL Engineering


G08 Sir David Davies LT
Roberts Building
University College London, Torrington Place
United Kingdom

5G (and even 4G) require significant densification and higher backhaul data rates. Fiber is clearly the ideal technology, but in many geographies, it can be too expensive due to trenching costs. Millimetric Band Distribution Networks (MDN) are seen as a lower cost option, though they may not quite match fiber speeds and reliability. This talk surveys the core concepts, standards,  technologies and the growing eco-system  behind MDN.  Some research problems underpinning MDN will also be discussed.

Arogyaswami Paulraj is an Emeritus Professor at Stanford University. After a 30 year R&D career in India, Paulraj joined Stanford University in 1992. He proposed the MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) concept in 1992 which is the key to today’s 4G cellular and WiFi wireless networks. Paulraj has published over 350 archival papers and a co-inventor in over 60 patents. Paulraj founded two companies in wireless semiconductors. Paulraj’s recognitions include the 2014 Marconi Prize and the 2011 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell medal. He is a member of eight national academies including those in US, China and India.