SPS Webinar: Recent Advances in Integrated Sensing and Communications: Fundamental Limits, Signal Processing, and Prototyping

Date: 30 June 2023
Time: 9:00 AM ET (New York Time)
Speaker(s): Dr. Fan Liu, Dr. Ya-Feng Liu, Dr. Christos Masouros


In this talk, we shall present our recent research progress in the area of integrated sensing and communications (ISAC), which is envisioned as a key enabling technology towards next-generation wireless networks. Throughout this talk, the Cramér-Rao bound (CRB) is employed as a performance metric for sensing. We commence by characterizing the fundamental tradeoff between CRB and communication rate for generic ISAC systems that rely on unified waveforms. We then propose multi-input multi-output (MIMO) beamforming designs towards joint radar sensing and multi-user communications based on CRB minimization and provide numerical results to verify the effectiveness of the proposed design methodologies. Finally, we shall end this webinar by briefly introducing our recent efforts in developing proof-of-concept prototypes for ISAC systems.


Fan LiuFan Liu (S’16-M’18) is currently an Assistant Professor of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech). He received the Ph.D. and B.Eng. degrees from Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), Beijing, China, in 2018 and 2013, respectively.

He has previously held academic positions in the University College London (UCL), first as a Visiting Researcher from 2016 to 2018, and then as a Marie Curie Research Fellow from 2018 to 2020. His research interests include the general area of signal processing and wireless communications, and in particular, in the area of Integrated Sensing and Communications (ISAC).

Dr. Liu has 10 publications selected as IEEE ComSoc Best Readings in ISAC. He is the Founding Academic Chair of the IEEE ComSoc ISAC Emerging Technology Initiative (ISAC-ETI), an Associate Editor for the IEEE Communications Letters and the IEEE Open Journal of Signal Processing, a Guest Editor of several special issues in the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Wireless Communications, China Communications, and the Journal of Communications and Information Networks. He was also an organizer and Co-Chair for numerous workshops, special sessions and tutorials in flagship IEEE conferences, including ICC, GLOBECOM, ICASSP, and SPAWC. He is the TPC Co-Chair of the 2nd IEEE Joint Communication and Sensing Symposium (JC&S), the Workshop and Special Session Co-Chair of the ISWCS 2022 and will serve as a Track Co-Chair for the IEEE WCNC 2024. He is a Member of the IMT-2030 (6G) ISAC Task Group. He was listed in the World's Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University for citation impact in 2021. He was also the recipient of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award of 2021, the Best Ph.D. Thesis Award of Chinese Institute of Electronics of 2019, the EU Marie Curie Individual Fellowship in 2018, and has been named as an Exemplary Reviewer for IEEE TWC/TCOM/COMML five times.


Ya-Feng LiuYa-Feng Liu (M’12-SM’20) received the B.Sc. degree in applied mathematics from Xidian University, Xi'an, China, in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree in computational mathematics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China, in 2012. From 2011 to 2012, he was supported by the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science (AMSS), CAS, to visit Professor Zhi-Quan (Tom) Luo with the University of Minnesota (Twins Cities), Minneapolis, MN, USA, during the Ph.D. degree.

He currently is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Computational Mathematics and Scientific/Engineering Computing, AMSS, CAS since 2018. His main research interests include nonlinear optimization and its applications to signal processing, wireless communications, and machine learning.

Dr. Liu is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, and Journal of Global Optimization. From 2019 to 2022, he was the Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He is also an Elected Member of the Signal Processing for Communications and Networking Technical Committee (SPCOM-TC) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society from 2020–2022 and from 2023–2025. He was the recipient of the Best Paper Award from the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) in 2011, the Chen Jingrun Star Award from the AMSS in 2018, the Science and Technology Award for Young Scholars from the Operations Research Society of China in 2018, the 15th IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Outstanding Young Researcher Award in 2020, and the Science and Technology Award for Young Scholars from China Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2022. Students supervised and co-supervised by him won the Best Student Paper Award from the International Symposium on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc and Wireless Networks (WiOpt) in 2015 and the Best Student Paper Award of IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) in 2022.


Christos MasourosChristos Masouros (M’06-SM’14) received the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, in 2004, and the M.Sc. degree (by research) and Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Manchester, UK, in 2006 and 2009, respectively.

In 2008, he was a research intern at Philips Research Labs, UK. Between 2009-2010, he was a Research Associate in the University of Manchester and between 2010-2012, a Research Fellow in Queen's University Belfast. In 2012, he joined University College London as a Lecturer. He has held a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship between 2011-2016. He is a Full Professor of Signal Processing and Wireless Communications in the Information and Communication Engineering research group, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and affiliated with the Institute for Communications and Connected Systems, University College London since 2019. His research interests lie in the field of wireless communications and signal processing with particular focus on green communications, large scale antenna systems, integrated sensing and communications, interference mitigation techniques for MIMO, and multicarrier communications.

Dr. Masouros was the co-recipient of the 2021 IEEE SPS Young Author Best Paper Award. He was the recipient of the Best Paper Awards in the IEEE GlobeCom 2015 and IEEE WCNC 2019 conferences and has been recognized as an Exemplary Editor for the IEEE Communications Letters, and as an Exemplary Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Communications. He is an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, the IEEE Open Journal of Signal Processing, and Editor-at-Large for IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society. He has been an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Communications Letters, and a Guest Editor for several IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications issues. He is a founding member and Vice-Chair of the IEEE Emerging Technology Initiative on Integrated Sensing and Communications, Vice Chair of the IEEE Special Interest Group on Integrated sensing and communications (ISAC), and Chair of the IEEE Special Interest Group on Energy Harvesting Communication Networks.