ARRC Seminar Series - Prof. Ian F. Akyildiz

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Prof. Ian F. Akyildiz

Georgia Institute of Technology, Scientific Advisory Board for ARRC

16th March 2023, 11:00am - 12:30pm (GST)



TeraHertz Band Communication: An Old Problem Revisited & Research Directions for the Next Decade


TeraHertz (THz) band communications are envisioned as a key technology for 6G and Beyond. As a fundamental wireless infrastructure, THz communication can boost abundant promising applications. In 2014, our team published two comprehensive roadmaps for the development and progress of THz communication networks which helped the research community to start research on this subject afterwards. In particular, this topic became very important and appealing to the research community due to 6G wireless systems design and development in recent years. Many papers are getting published covering different aspects of wireless systems using the THz band. In this talk, our aim is looking back at the last decade and revisiting the old problems and pointing out what has been achieved in the research community so far. Furthermore, still to be investigated research challenges for the THz band communication systems are presented by covering diverse subtopics such as from device perspectives, channel behavior, communication and networking problems, physical testbeds and demonstration systems. The presented key aspects will enable THz communications as a pillar of 6G and Beyond wireless systems in the next decade.


I.F. Akyildiz (Life Fellow, IEEE) received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Erlangen–Nürnberg, Germany, in 1978, 1981, and 1984, respectively. He is the Ken Byers Chair Professor Emeritus in Telecommunications, the Past Chair of the Telecom Group at the ECE, and the Director of the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, where he served from 1985 until 2020. He is an Advisory Board member at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII-ARRC) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, since June 2020. He is also Founder and President of the Truva Inc., a consulting company based in Georgia, USA, since 1989. He is the Founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the newly established of International Telecommunication Union Journal on Future and Evolving Technologies (ITU J-FET) since August 2020. He had many international affiliations during his career and established research centers in Spain, South Africa, Finland, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Russia, India and Cyprus. Dr. Akyildiz is an IEEE Fellow since 1996, and ACM Fellow since 1997. He received numerous awards from IEEE, ACM, and other professional organizations, including Humboldt Award from Germany and Tubitak Award from Turkey. In June 2022, according to Google Scholar his h-index is 135 and the total number of citations to his articles is more than 139+K. His current research interests include Networking 2030, Metaverse, Hologram and Extended Reality Communication, 6G/7G wireless systems, Terahertz Communication, Underwater Communication.