Emerging 5G networks now, and next-generation 5+ networks will, emerge through leverage of all converging forms of connectivity, licensed wireless spectra, unlicensed frequency spectra, and the necessary supporting fiber/copper fixed-line infrastructure. A stunning eighty-plus percent of today’s mobile internet data traffic is off-loaded to Wi-Fi, which in turn is largely backhauled by copper or fiber access technologies. Millimeter-wave and Terahertz-band extensions will also see combinations of licensed and unlicensed spectra over more dense cells. This talk suggests that multiple dimensions of physical-layer connectivity and dynamic resource-management thereof will create challenges that may well define the true emergence of the future internet of everything connected will demand. Some basic trends and needs in each area will be reviewed, and some challenges suggested.
John M. Cioffi – BSEE, 1978, Illinois; PhDEE, 1984, Stanford; Bell Laboratories, 1978-1984; IBM Research, 1984-1986; EE Prof., Stanford, 1986-present, now emeritus.
Cioffi founded Amati Com. Corp in 1991 (purchased by TI in 1997) and was officer/director from 1991-1997. He currently also is on the Board of Directors of ASSIA (Chairman and CEO), Alto Beam, Tinoq, Collinear, and the Marconi Foundation, while serving several advisory boards. Cioffi’s specific interests are in high-performance digital transmission. Cioffi’s recognition includes: IEEE AG Bell, Kirchmayer, and Millenium Medals (2010, 2014, and 2000); Internet Hall of Fame (2014); Economist Magazine 2010 Innovations Award; International Marconi Fellow (2006); Member, US National and UK Royal Academies of Engineering (2001, 2009); IEEE Kobayashi and Armstrong Awards (2001 and 2013); BBWF Lifetime Achievement (2014), IEEE Fellow (1996); IEE JJ Tomson Medal (2000); 1991 and 2007 IEEE Comm. Mag. best paper; and numerous Conference Best-Paper awards. Cioffi has published over 600 papers and holds over 100 patents, of which many are heavily licensed including key necessary patents for the international standards in ADSL, VDSL, vectored VDSL, G.fast, DSM, LTE, Massive-MIMO, and various Wi-Fi methodologies.