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Spectrum Scarcity, Cognitive Radio, and Free Space Optical Communications By Prof. Slim Alouini (KAUST)

  • Class schedule:    Sunday, Oct. 27th, 2013 from 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
  • Location: Building 9, Level 2, Room 2322  (Lecture Hall 1)
  • Refreshments: Pizza and Soft Drinks available @ 11:50 am

The concept of cognitive networks has emerged as one of the efficient means for utilizing the scarce spectrum by allowing spectrum sharing between a licensed primary network and a secondary network. In this talk, we briefly present an overview of various recently proposed types of cognitive networks and then discuss some fundamental capacity results of these networks. The talk goes then over the potential offered by free space optical communications to relieve spectrum scarcity and then summarizes some of the challenges that need to be surpassed before such kind of systems can be massively deployed.

Mohamed-Slim Alouini (S'94, M'98, SM'03, F’09) was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1998. He served as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar before joining King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009.
His current research interests include the modeling, design, and performance analysis of wireless communication systems.