FCC to Broadcast Wireless Tutorial on the Web

Dr. Vahid Tarokh, Gordon-McKay professor of electrical engineering at the Harvard University and a Vinton Hayes senior research fellow, will provide a tutorial on "Capacity Enhancement Methods for Wireless Networks" at the FCC Meeting Room in Washington D.C. this Friday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m.-noon. The tutorial will cover capacity enhancements methods based on antenna arrays for wireless networks and discuss space-time coding methods, which are in general not compatible with existing WLAN standards. The FCC Public Notice announcing the tutorial states, "Motivated by the issues of backward compatibility, he will then discuss beamforming and complementary beamforming for carrier sensing wireless networks, followed by some recent results on collaborative space-time communications."

Real audio and streaming video access to the tutorial will be available at www.fcc.gov/realaudio. Seating for the tutorial is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information see the Public Notice announcing the tutorial.

For a background on space-time coding, see the section on BLAST in my 2001 RF Technology columnExotic Modulation - Beyond 8-VSB.