2015 IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on Communications, Computers and Signal Processing

August 24-26, 2015, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada

Keynote: Dr. Robert Schober

"Wireless Powered Communication Systems: Overview, Recent Results, and Challenges"



Robert Schober received the Diplom (Univ.) and the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in 1997 and 2000, respectively. From May 2001 to April 2002 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, Canada, sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). From 2002 to 2012, he was with the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. Since January 2012 he is an Alexander von Humboldt Professor and the Chair for Digital Communication at the Friedrich Alexander University (FAU), Erlangen, Germany. His research interests fall into the broad areas of Communication Theory, Wireless Communications, and Statistical Signal Processing.

Dr. Schober received several awards for his work including the 2002 Heinz Maier–Leibnitz Award of the German Science Foundation (DFG), the 2004 Innovations Award of the Vodafone Foundation for Research in Mobile Communications, the 2006 UBC Killam Research Prize, the 2007 Wilhelm Friedrich Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the 2008 Charles McDowell Award for Excellence in Research from UBC, a 2011 Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, and a 2012 NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship. In addition, he received best paper awards from the German Information Technology Society (ITG), the European Association for Signal, Speech and Image Processing (EURASIP), IEEE WCNC 2012, IEEE Globecom 2011, IEEE ICUWB 2006, the International Zurich Seminar on Broadband Communications, and European Wireless 2000. Dr. Schober is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Communications and the Chair of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological, and Multi-Scale Communications.

Outline of talk

Although wireless power transfer (WPT) has been first proposed by Nikola Tesla more than one hundred years ago, the application of this concept as a means to facilitate perpetual energy supply for wireless communication systems has emerged only recently. In fact, WPT and simultaneous wireless information and power transfer (SWIPT) are now seen by many as promising new technologies that may make the distributed nodes of short range wireless networks independent of external energy sources. In this talk, we will first discuss the benefits, limitations, and possible applications of WPT/SWIPT systems. In the main part of the talk, we will investigate the implications of WPT/SWIPT on the design of communication systems. In particular, we will discuss the impact of SWIPT on relay selection and secure communication. We will also study the performance of WPT systems with energy storage capability at the energy harvesting node. In the last part of the talk, we will elaborate on the challenges that have to be overcome to make WPT/SWIPT practical and suggest some topics for future research.