An Evening's Exploration of Past, Present and Future Electronics

Returning for its third year, the School of Engineering at the Univeristy of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the Scottish Chapter of the IEEE Electron Devices Society present its Evening Exploration Lecture.  These lectures see presentations by internationally renowned experts from the field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

The event will be held on Wednesday 19 July from 5.30-8.30pm.

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The talks are aimed at a general audience and are followed by a drinks reception with a range of practical table-top displays for all to enjoy.  The event provides an opportunity to socialise with other guests from academia, industry and the wider Scottish community. This year's talk in association with the School of Engineering is entitled:
Adventures in Wireless Communications towards 5G by Professor John Thompson

This talk will discuss some of the major research advances in wireless communications in the last twenty years, as we have moved from second generation voice systems to the current fourth generation wireless data communications. We will discuss key concepts relating to intelligent antennas, data transmission and cooperative communications. The talk will also cover the energy efficiency of future communications systems or green radio, and take a look at the next generation of wireless communications and what might be coming up in fifth generation (5G) wireless communications.

John Thompson is currently a Professor and Director of the Electronics & Electrical Engineering Discipline at the School of Engineering in the University of Edinburgh. He specializes in cooperative communications systems, energy efficient wireless communications and antenna array processing. He has published in excess of three hundred papers on these topics. He is currently coordinator for the EU Marie Curie Training Network ADVANTAGE, which studies how communications and power engineering can provide future smart grid systems.  He is an editor for the Green Communications and Computing Series that appears regularly in IEEE Communications Magazine. In January 2016, he was elevated to Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to antenna arrays and multi-hop communications. 

Professor John Thompson of the School of Engineering in the University of Edinburgh