Armstrong Memorial Lecture 2016
From Armstrong, Through Shannon, to Massive MIMO: 100 Years of Wireless Technological Progress
Thomas L. Marzetta, Bell Labs Fellow
Nokia Bell Labs
October 25, 2016, 11:00 AM
Davis Auditorium, CEPSR
Abstract: Edwin H. Armstrong invented wideband Frequency Modulation, arguably the first coded modulation scheme, in 1933 – fifteen years before the publication of Claude Shannon’s seminal paper, “A Mathematical Theory of Communication”. A purely analog wireless technology, wideband FM has been estimated to perform as little as 5 dB from the Shannon limit. Modern digital technology enables coded modulation that takes us almost all the way to the Shannon limit, and it has produced amazingly flexible wireless systems at low cost.
Speaker Bio: Thomas Marzetta was born in Washington, D.C. He received the PhD and SB in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978 and 1972, and the MS in Systems Engineering from University of Pennsylvania in 1973. After careers in petroleum exploration at Schlumberger-Doll Research and defense research at Nichols Research Corporation, he joined Bell Labs in 1995 where he is currently a Bell Labs Fellow. Previously he directed the Communications and Statistical Sciences Department within the former Mathematical Sciences Research Center. Dr. Marzetta is on the Advisory Board of MAMMOET (Massive MIMO for Efficient Transmission), an EU-sponsored FP7 project, and he was Coordinator of the GreenTouch Consortium’s Large Scale Antenna
The Armstrong Memorial Lecture Series
This series of lectures offered by the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University in New York is named in honor of Edwin Howard Armstrong, 1890-1954, a pre-eminent electrical engineer, who through his extraordinary inventions, FM radio among them, contributed immeasurably to the advancement of wireless communications and broadcasting. He spent his entire career in the department - first as a student and later as a professor.