KGRI Lecture Series: (Jan. 26, 2018) #1"Communications over Fading Channels: Past, Present and Future"


The Keio University Global Research Institute (KGRI) aims to promote international research and educational exchange and invites those working in the forefront of research and education in Japan and overseas to give lectures.

On this accasion,Prof. P. Takis Mathiopoulos, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Athens, Greece, Professor of Telecommunications, (mathio@di.uoa.gr) will give a lecture titled "Communications over Fading Channels: Past, Present and Future" .

Date and time: Friday, January 26, 2018  10:00-11:15 (Open 9:50)
Venue: 16th Building-A 3F Meeting Room, Yagami Campus, Keio University
Co-hosts: Keio University Global Research Institute (KGRI), Keio Advanced Research Centers (KARC)
Language: English (No simultaneous interpretation provided.)
Other: Free admission, Open to anyone, Pre-registration not required

Summary of Lecture:
In this lecture we will be first reviewing the most important "past" fading channel models. Then, we will present the most important associated receiver structures used in wireless digital communication systems used in conjunction with these fading channels models. Emphasis will be given to the maximum likelihood sequence estimation receiver which has led to the development of a multiple differential detection (MDD) receiver structure which is the optimal receiver structure for communications over fast fading channels. Next we will be presenting the most important diversity receiver techniques and their application to "current" state-of-the-art fading channels, such as the Weibull (short-term fading), the Lognormal (long-term fading), Generalized-K, η-μ and κ-μ (composite fading) channel models. We will conclude this lecture by discussing some open research problems promising for future investigation in association with communication techniques over "future" fading channel models.

P. Takis Mathiopoulos received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada, in 1989. From 1982 to 1986, he was with Raytheon Canada Ltd., working in the areas of air navigational and satellite communications. In 1988, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, BC, Canada, as an Assistant Professor, and where he was a faculty member until 2003, holding the rank of Professor from 2000 to 2003. From 2000 to 2014, he was the Director (2000 - 2005) and then the Director of Research with the Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing (ISARS), National Observatory of Athens (NOA), where he established the Wireless Communications Research Group.

As ISARS Director (2000-2004), he led the Institute to a significant expansion R&D growth and international scientific recognition. For these achievements, ISARS has been selected as a National Centre of Excellence for the years 2005-2008. Since 2014, he is Professor of Telecommunications at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece. From 2008 to 2013, he was appointed as Guest Professor by Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China. He has been also appointed by the Government of China as a Senior Foreign Expert with the School of Information Engineering, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, China, in 2014-2017 and by Keio University as a Guest Professor (Global) with the Graduate School of Science and Technology, in 2015 and 2017, under the Top Global University Project of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of the Government of Japan. For the last 25 years, he has been conducting research mainly on the physical layer of digital communication systems for terrestrial and satellite applications, as well as in the fields of remote sensing and the Internet of Things. In these areas, he has coauthored more than 120 journal papers published in various IEEE and IET journals, 1 book (edited), 5 book chapters, and more than 140 conference papers. Dr. Mathiopoulos has been or currently serves on the editorial board of several archival journals, including the IET Communications and the IEEE Transactions on Communications (1993-2005). He has regularly served as a consultant for various governmental and private organizations. Since 1993, he has served on a regular basis as a scientic advisor and a technical expert for the European Commission (EC).

In addition, from 2001 to 2014, he has served as a Greek Representative to high-level committees in the EC and the European Space Agency. He has been a member of the Technical Program Committees (TPC) of more than 70 international IEEE conferences, as well as TPC Vice Chair for the 2006-S IEEE VTC and 2008-F IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC), Co-chair of International Conference on Future Information Technology (FITCE) 2011 and AUTOMOTIVE17. He has delivered numerous invited presentations, including plenary and keynote lectures, and has taught many short courses all over the world. As a faculty member at the ECE of UBC, he was an Advanced Systems Institute (ASI) Fellow and a Killam Research Fellow. He is a co-recipient of two best paper awards for papers published in the 2nd International Symposium on Communication, Control, and Signal Processing in 2008 and the 3rd International Conference on Advances in Satellite and Space Communications in 2011. More recently he has been presented by the IEEE Communications Society the 2017 award for outstanding contributions in the field of Satellite and Space Communications.


Contact persons: Iwao Sasase (Professor, Department of Information and Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Technology)
E-mail: sasase@ics.keio.ac.jp