5th COST IC1101 MC meeting

Training School

Previous Workshops

  • IWOW 2012 - PISA, Italy

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Lu Chao

Digital signal processing techniques for long haul and short reach optical communication systems

Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Dept. of Electronic and Information Engineering
Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hung Hom, Kowloon

Hong Kong SAR, China

Research interests :

  • Optical Communication Systems and Networks,
  • Optical Fibre Sensor Systems
  • Optical Fibre Devices


Prof. Thomas Little

The Use of Lighting Devices as an Opportunistic Platform for Enhancing Performance of Localized Wireless Data Access

Boston University, USA


We are in the midst of a 'wireless data crunch' the burgeoning mobile industry fueled by high performance smart phones and rich data consuming applications is driving enormous demand for wireless data access. The rise of Internet video is a contributing factor, but is one of many emerging data consumers including cloud-based applications such as file sharing under a 'continuously-connected' paradigm. Fortunately, the consumption of data on mobile devices is predominantly in fixed locations in the home or office, not while actively mobile. These fixed locations are amendable to techniques that offload data to alternative networks.

In this talk we consider Lighting Devices Luminaires as a vehicle for hosting opportunistic wireless access in the form of small cells. As mobile devices gain proximity to these devices, we exploit the availability of localized, high-data rate asymmetric service to enhance the performance at these fixed positions. In the talk we describe the limits of this approach assuming optical communication in the visible spectrum, and the opportunities to augment existing radio frequency and mobile telephony technologies with an offloading technique.

Thomas D.C. Little is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University. He is Associate Dean for Educational Initiatives in the College of Engineering, and Associate Director of the NSF Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center -- a collaboration of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of New Mexico, and Boston University.

His recent efforts include research in video sensor networks and streaming in wireless settings, ubiquitous optical networking with visible light, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, and the application of wireless sensors in health monitoring.

Dr. Little received his BS degree in biomedical engineering from RPI in 1983, and his MS degree in electrical engineering and PhD degree in computer engineering from Syracuse University in 1989 and 1991. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery.


Research interests :

  • Mobile and Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs)
  • Vehicular Networking
  • Pervasive and Multimedia Computing
  • Embedded Systems


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