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IEEE San Francisco Communications Society and the Distinguished Lecture Tour Presents:

"The Next Wave in Wireless Technology:
Challenges and Solutions"

Speaker: Andrea Goldsmith, Stanford University

Date: Tuesday, May 18th, 2010, 6:30PM
Location: The California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

The demand for wireless communications has enjoyed exponential growth worldwide for decades, and looks to continue unabated into the foreseeable future.  To meet these demands, the next generation of high-performance wireless networks must support a significant increase in data rates, better coverage and reliability, greater spectral efficiency, and lower energy consumption in both the infrastructure and the terminals.

In addition, applications such as sensor networks, smart structures, and bioengineering need extreme energy efficiency as well as new wireless networking paradigms. Overcoming these technical challenges will require significant breakthroughs in wireless component and system design, as well as cross-layer optimization between applications and their underlying networks.  This talk will describe these design challenges along with recent innovations in wireless technology that may provide the solutions.


Andrea Goldsmith is a professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, and was previously an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering at Caltech. She is also founder of Quantenna Communications, Inc., and has previously held industry positions at Maxim Technologies, Memorylink Corporation, and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Dr. Goldsmith is a Fellow of the IEEE and of Stanford, and she has received several awards for her work, including co-recipient of the IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society joint paper award, winner of the National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lecture Award, and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award.

She currently serves as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and as Editor for the Journal on Foundations and Trends in Communications and Information Theory and in Networks. She was previously an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications and for the IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine.

Dr. Goldsmith is active in committees and conference organization for the IEEE Information Theory and Communications Societies and has served on the Board of Governors for both societies, is president of the IEEE Information Theory Society, the founding chair of its student society, as well as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Communications Society.

At Stanford she received the university postdoc mentoring award and is currently the chair of the faculty Senate. Dr. Goldsmith has authored the book ``Wireless Communications'' and co-authored the book ``MIMO Wireless Communications,'' both published by Cambridge University Press. Her research includes work on wireless communication and information theory, MIMO systems and multihop networks.

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The Public Utilities Commission is on the corner of Van Ness and McAllister diagonally across from City Hall. There is a parking lot on Franklin between McAllister and Golden Gate and underground lots at Opera Plaza on Golden Gate between Franklin and Van Ness and at Civic Center Plaza on McAllister between Polk and Larkin. Parking under the PUC is not open to the public. Parking meters west of Van Ness are inactive after 6:00 PM. Any bus running on VanNess will stop on the corner.

Coming from the East by BART or Metro, it is best to transfer to a No. 5 Bus going west at the Powel Street Station. Alternatively, it is a 5 to 10-minute walk from Civic Center Station and about the same from Van Ness Station.

Coming from the West by Metro or bus, transfer to a bus going North on Van Ness.
There are two entrances to the building.  One is under the state seal at the top of the steps on the corner of Van Ness and McAllister. The other is on Golden Gate between Franklin and Van Ness. The gates for both entrances close at 5:30 pm. It is better to use the Golden Gate entrance because the meeting room is just inside.