Saturday, January 12, 2013
Opening & Keynote Address
08:30 – 09:00 • Room: Vista Room
Donald L. Schilling
Chairman, LINEX Technologies
Vision of Wireless Consumer Communications
The wireless communication needs of the Consumer has produced a Wireless Communications Revolution, which does far more than
provide a means of talking or of text messaging. We are today setting the stage for Wireless Cities.
The Wireless City is one in which people use One Phone, a hand-held computer, which permits you to talk, receive your email, download a
book, watch a movie or TV, or listen to music, in real time. This device comes equipped with an expandable screen and provides 3D
imaging, without glasses. Further, for your safety and convenience, a built-in GPS system enables others to locate you or allow you to plan
your route. Other applications include shopping using an application containing a computerized replica of the user, sometimes called an
avatar, that models the user’s proposed clothing purchase to the person's actual body shape, from any store in an electronic shopping mall.
In addition, home security cameras connect to the One Phone if there is a “break in,” to show real time images of what is occurring and
notify law enforcement.
The Wireless City also includes automobiles equipped with a wireless vehicular collision avoidance system, and an “automatic pilot,” so that
you can perform other tasks while the vehicle carries you to your intended destination. It also includes the "wireless post office," which can
operate efficiently - and at a profit!
The key, to make this happen is, Multiple Access technology using MIMO, to permit multiple signals from multiple users to share a limited
This talk features some of the technical issues surrounding the above ideas, which includes the use of small cells, such as mesh networks
and femto-cells, and the evolving Standards, and Patents.
These topics show the major role played, and that will be played, by ComSoc, as we proceed with this Wireless Revolution.
Dr. Schilling received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the City College of New York in 1956, his M.S.E.E.
from Columbia University in 1958, and his doctorate from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1962. He was a Professor of Electrical
Engineering at both the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and the City College of New York, where he held the Position of Herbert Kayser
Distinguished Professor. He retired from CCNY in 1992.
Professor Schilling has held a variety of private-sector positions to develop commercial applications of spread-spectrum technology,
including CEO of InterDigital Communications Corporation (1992-1994). He is currently Chairman of LINEX Technologies.
From 1996-98, Dr Schilling headed the TIA 46.1 Standards Committee, WIMS, which joined with ETSI and ARIB to form the 3GPP Wideband
CDMA Standard. Dr. Schilling has authored or co-authored twelve textbooks, over 200 technical papers, and holds more than 120 patents.
He has been very active in the IEEE and the IEEE Communications Society. He helped start the IEEE Communications Society Magazine, the
IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), MILCOM, and INFOCOM. He served as Editor of the Transactions on
Communications and Director of Publications from1968-1978. He was President of the IEEE Communications Society from 1980-1981 and
was a member of the IEEE Board of Directors from 1982-1983. Among his honors, he is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and has received the Donald
W. McLellan Meritorious Service Award in 1978, the Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award in 1998, MILCOM’s Technical
Achievement Award in 2000, and has served as a member of the US Army Science Advisory Board.
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