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Department of Electrical Engineering Seminar

Wireless Communications Within and Between Chips, Metasurfaces, and Other Small Devices

Sergi Abadal
Presenter Affiliation:
NaNoNetworking Center in Catalunya, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
230A Davis
North Campus
11:00 a.m. - noon
Sponsored by The Department of Electrical Engineering
The EE Main Office at 645-3115
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Advances in RF design enable the implementation of wireless communications at the mmWave to THz bands, potentially leading to very high speeds while using tiny antennas and transceivers. This opens the door to disruptive wireless applications in highly integrated scenarios where conventional communications means cannot be employed. In this talk, we first discuss recent advances in the design of integrated antennas with both conventional approaches and unconventional technologies like graphene. Then, we will describe Wireless Network-on-Chip (WNoC) and Software-Defined Metamaterials (SDMs), two new area-constrained applications uniquely suited to the characteristics of highly-integrated, ultra-high speed wireless communications. We will finally outline recent advances and outstanding challenges related to both case scenarios.
Sergi Abadal received the BSc and MSc (with honors) in Telecommunication Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 2011 and 2010, respectively. He later obtained the PhD in Computer Architecture from the Department of Computer Architecture, UPC, in July 2016. Currently, he is a post-doctoral researcher at the NaNoNetworking Center in Catalunya (N3Cat) at UPC, where he is involved in various national and international research projects (Graphene Flagship, NSF, Samsung). For the European project VISORSURF, he acts as UPC’s Director of Research. During his PhD, Sergi received an INTEL fellowship within the Doctoral Student Honor Programme. He has been a visiting researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has authored more than 30 publications and has been involved in the organization and technical committees of 10 conferences. His current research interests are in the areas of chip-scale and graphene-based wireless communications, the application of these techniques for the creation next-generation wireless networks, and their implications at the architecture/system design level.