Towards Terabit per Second Wireless Networking with Light

We will show recent research results of the project Terabit Optical Wireless System (TOWS) which aims at building LiFi networks capable of aggregate data rates greater than 1 Tbps. One of the main limitations to unlock the full capacity of the optical spectrum are the electrical-to-optical (E/O) and optical-to-electrical (O/E) conversion efficiencies of current opto-electronic devices.

In this talk we will review the state-of-art of device technologies and discuss design trade-offs. We will propose a network architecture which leverages a key advantage of light as a communication medium which is the ability to confine the data signal spatially in a very cost-effective manner. We will exploit this property to achieve high-capacity multiuser wireless networks. We will demonstrate effective methods to overcome the effect of interference and conclude that we are at the cusp of the ultimate convergence of optical fibre communications and cellular communications.

A presentation by Professor Harald Haas, Director of LiFi Research and Development Centre (LRDC) at The University of Strathclyde / Glasgow.

View of the Speaker

Question 1: What drives you?
Light

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your session?
To have a nice dicussion afterwards…

Question 3: What emerging technologies / trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Equal access to the future cyber-physical continuum and all it requires including a ‘nervous system’ which comprises of fat, reliable and secure data pipes.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Peace, prosperity and sustainable living

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
That people overlook the importance of future networks (the ‘nervous’ system)

About Harald Haas
Professor Haas is a Distinguished Professor of Mobile Communications at The University of Strathclyde/Glasgow, and Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh. Prof Haas set up and co-founded pureLiFi. He currently is their Chief Scientific Officer. He has co-authored more than 600 conference and journal papers and holds more than 40 patents. He has been listed as highly cited researcher by Clarivate/Web of Science since 2017. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

About the LiFi Research and Development Centre (LRDC) at The University of Strathclyde / Glasgow
The University of Strathclyde (UStrath) is a leading international technological university. It is one of the UK’s top 20 universities for research intensity according to the Times Higher Education (THE) and it is the first university to receive the THE’s ‘UK University of the Year Award’ twice (2012 and 2019). UStrath is a member of CESAER, the European association of leading specialised and comprehensive universities of science and technology, and it is internationally recognised for its standing in applied research, technological innovation and university-business partnerships.

The LiFi Research and Development Centre (The Centre) is dedicated to accelerating the development of LiFi as a major global industry, through creating a pipeline for innovative ideas, technologies, products and partnerships.

The LiFi R&D Centre conducts internationally leading research in collaboration with, and on behalf of industry. It aims to accelerate society’s adoption of LiFi and emerging wireless technology through engagement with major industrial partners, to fully harness the commercial and innovative potential of LiFi, and to help establish a major new £5 billion ($8.5 billion) LiFi industry by 2018.

The UK based research and development centre was formed in 2013, and stems from research into fundamental communications science begun in 2002 that has now received in excess of £8 million ($13.5 million) of competitively won funding.

By facilitating collaboration between industry, internationally renowned experts from the University of Strathclyde, and other key research institutes around the world, the Centre is taking emerging LiFi technologies through into mainstream applications that will soon begin to impact on many aspects of the modern world. The Centre, with its partners and collaborators, will foster the wide spread market adoption of LiFi technologies.

The Centre continues to drive all aspects of LiFi communication from novel devices, through to the integration of LiFi access points in agile heterogeneous 5G and 6G networks enabled by emerging software defined networking (SDN) infrastructures.

Harald Haas is speaker at the 2022 edition of LiFi Conference.

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