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Apr 8 2022

The future of 6G and the wide-open world of terahertz communications and sensing


April 8, 2022

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM


Lecture Center C1


1140 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

The future of 6G and the wide-open world of terahertz communications and sensing

Theodore S. Rappaport, NYU WIRELESS

Abstract: This talk provides an overview of the emerging world of terahertz wireless communication and highlights the staggering new opportunities that will emerge in the coming decade as the world races to 6G. The global allocation of radio spectrum for commercial wireless applications has only recently supported use cases above 100 GHz, where channel bandwidths exceed anything imaginable just a few years ago. This talk demonstrates how the wireless communications industry will exploit these massive bandwidths in the decades to come and dispels many myths about radio propagation at these new frequency bands.

Speaker bio: Theodore S. Rappaport is the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor at New York University (NYU) and holds faculty appointments in the electrical and computer engineering department, the Courant computer science department, and the NYU Langone School of Medicine. He founded NYU WIRELESS, a multidisciplinary research center, and the wireless research centers at the University of Texas Austin (WNCG) and Virginia Tech (MPRG). His research has provided fundamental knowledge of wireless channels used to create the first Wi-Fi standard (IEEE 802.11), the first U.S. digital cellular TDMA and CDMA standards, the first public Wi-Fi hotspots, and more recently proved the viability of millimeter-wave and sub-THz frequencies for the cellular industry’s push to 5G, 6G, and beyond. He has authored popular engineering textbooks and co-founded two wireless communications companies that were sold to publicly traded firms. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and is a member of the Wireless History Foundation Hall of Fame.

Faculty Host: Daniela Tuninetti (


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Date posted

Apr 1, 2022

Date updated

Apr 11, 2022