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WTEC Study on Wireless Technologies and Information Networks

Workshop Information


Although U.S. companies dominate the world market for communications technologies, ambitious new R&D efforts underway in both Europe and Japan will likely to contribute to continuing erosion of U.S. competitiveness in wireless technology for next generation systems. The study will identify the R&D needs and technological opportunities that will enable U.S. industry to launch the next generation wireless technologies and help realize their much anticipated benefits in communications applications such as: tele-medicine, GPS, intelligent transportation systems, deep space exploration, distance learning, wireless virtual university, and wireless access to digital libraries are just to name a few. Thus, a global assessment of wireless technologies is needed for the following reasons:


This study will review the current status of research, development, and applications in wireless communications in the United States, Japan, and Western Europe with a view towards evaluating the competitive status of U.S. efforts. The study will also attempt to identify new strategies the U.S. government and industry could employ to improve the future position of the U.S. wireless industry. It will also assess current international collaborative activities and identify opportunities for new approaches and topics for international cooperation in this field.

On going research and educational activities in the wireless technologies are presently fragmented and the WTEC study will benchmark U.S. competitiveness in this technology and help identify fundamental and long range research and educational challenges that need to be confronted to support a strong participation by the U.S. in this very competitive and broad international market.

Furthermore, through the formulation of a road map for the evolution of wireless technology in the next 10-15 years, the study will highlight and facilitate the development of highly innovative technological advances and breakthroughs rather than incremental improvements; promote integrative approaches and multi-disciplinary efforts, encourage joint and multi-agency funding, and strengthen the presently isolated educational efforts.

Non-Technical Issues


[Dr.  Anthony Ephremides]
Dr. Anthony Ephremides
Anthony Ephremides received his B.S. degree from the National Technical University of Athens (1967), and M.S. (1969) and Ph.D. (1971) degrees from Princeton University, all in Electrical Engineering. He has been at the University of Maryland since 1971, and currently holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department and the Institute of Systems Research (ISR). He is co-founder of the NASA Center for Commercial Development of Space on Hybrid and Satellite Communications Networks established in 1991 at Maryland as an off-shoot of the ISR.
[Dr.  Tatsuo Itoh]
Dr. Tatsuo Itoh
Tatsuo Itoh received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1969. He worked at University of Illinois, Stanford Research Institute, University of Kentucky, AEG Telefunken in Germany and the University of Texas at Austin. In January 1991, he joined the University of California, Los Angeles as Professor of Electrical Engineering and holder of the TRW Endowed Chair in Microwave and Millimeter Wave Electronics. He is currently Director of Joint Services Electronics Program (JSEP) and is also Director of Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program at UCLA.
[Dr. Linda P.B. Katehi]
Dr. Linda P.B. Katehi
Linda P.B. Katehi, Professor of EECS and Fellow of IEEE, received the B.S.E.E. degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1977 and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1981 and 1984 respectively. In September 1984 she joined the faculty of the EECS Department of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since then she has been interested in the development and characterization (theoretical and experimental) of microwave, millimeter printed circuits, the computer-aided design of VLSI interconnects, the development and characterization of micromachined circuits for millimeter-wave and submillimeter-wave applications and the development of low-loss lines for Terahertz-frequency applications.
[Dr. Raymond Pickholtz]
Dr. Raymond Pickholtz
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The George Washington University
[Dr.  Ramesh R. Rao]
Dr. Ramesh R. Rao
Ramesh Rao has, been with the Department of ECE at UC San Diego since 1984. He is also a member of the UC San Diego Center for Wireless Communications.
Honors and Distinctions
  • Senior Member, IEEE
  • Web Editor of the IEEE Information Theory Society
  • Editor, IEEE Information Theory Society Newsletter
  • Chair (Local Arrangements), 1991 Information Theory Symposium
  • Chair (Proceedings), 1995 International Conference on High Performance Computing
  • Secretary, IEEE Communication Society Technical Activities Council and Technical Activities Board
  • Chair (Technical Program), 1997 International Conference on Universal Personal Communications
[Dr. Wayne Stark]
Dr. Wayne Stark
Wayne Stark received the B.S. (with highest honors), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1978, 1979, and 1982 respectively. Since September 1982 he has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he is currently Professor. From 1984-1989 he was Editor for Communication Theory of the IEEE Transactions on Communication in the area of Spread-Spectrum Communications. He was involved in the planning and organization of the 1986 International Symposium on Information Theory which was held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was selected by the National Science Foundation as a 1985 Presidential Young Investigator. He is principal investigator of an Army Research Office Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) project on Low Energy Mobile Communications.
[Dr. Jack Winters]
Dr. Jack Winters
Jack H. Winters received his B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, in 1977 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Ohio State University, Columbus, in 1978 and 1981, respectively. Since 1981 he has been with AT&T Bell Laboratories and now AT&T Labs Research, where he is in the Wireless Systems Research Department. He has studied signal processing techniques for increasing the capacity and reducing signal distortion in fiber optic, mobile radio, and indoor radio systems and is currently studying adaptive arrays and equalization for indoor and mobile radio.

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