From Information Theory to Space Laser Comms

The Necessity of a Multi-disciplinary Approach to Optical Wireless!

Due to the increasing scarcity of RF spectrum and growing interference due to multiple users, deploying next generation high-speed wireless networks is becoming increasingly difficult. The use of unlicensed optical bands for wireless communications has been heralded as an exciting development for future broadband access for indoor, over long distances terrestrially, underwater and for space communication links.

December 2024, 5th edition

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This talk presents a broad overview of the work of the Free-space Optical Communication Algorithms Laboratory (FOCAL) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada in developing novel optical wireless systems. The main thrusts of the group will be highlighted by emphasizing several recent contributions. Developments in the signalling design for visible light communication (VLC) systems will be presented connecting theory to prototype VLC communication systems. Some perspectives on our work on fundamental information theoretic limits of optical wireless channels will be provided and insight on optimal signalling design provided. An overview of our work on algorithms and experiments in long range free-space optical channels such as space-based laser communications will also be highlighted. Finally, a vision for optical wireless technologies into the 6G era will be presented along with our ongoing research directions.

An Invited speaker presentation by Steve Hranilovic, Professor at McMaster University.

About Steve Hranilovic
Steve Hranilovic received the B.A.Sc. degree with honours in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada in 1997 and M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1999 and 2003 respectively.

He is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) where currently serves as the Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. During 2010-2011 he spent his research leave as Senior Member, Technical Staff in Advanced Technology for Research in Motion, Waterloo, Canada. His research interests are in the areas of free-space and optical wireless communications, digital communication algorithms, and electronic and photonic implementation of coding and communication algorithms. He is the author of the book Wireless Optical Communication Systems (New York:Springer, 2004).

Dr. Hranilovic is a Fellow of the IEEE and of Optica and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. In 2016 the title of University Scholar was conferred upon him by McMaster University. He has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Optical Communications and Networking and an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications in the area of Optical Wireless Communications.

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Steve Hranilovic is invited speaker at the 2022 edition of the Optical Wireless Communication Conference.

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