The last few years have witnessed a tremendous growth of the demand for wireless services and a significant increase of the number of mobile subscribers. A recent data traffic forecast from Cisco reported that the global mobile data traffic reached 1.2 zettabytes per year in 2016, and the global IP traffic will increase nearly threefold over the next 5 years. Based on these predictions, a 127-fold increase of the IP traffic is expected from 2005 to 2021. It is also anticipated that the mobile data traffic will reach 3.3 zettabytes per year by 2021, and that the number of mobile-connected devices will reach 3.5 per capita.
With such demands for higher data rates and for better quality of service (QoS), fifth generation (5G) standardization initiatives, whose initial phase was specified in June 2018 under the umbrella of Long Term Evolution (LTE) Release 15, have been under vibrant investigation. In particular, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has identified three usage scenarios (service categories) for 5G wireless networks: (i) enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), (ii) ultra-reliable and low latency communications (uRLLC), and (iii) massive machine type communications (mMTC). The vast variety of applications for beyond 5G wireless networks has motivated the necessity of novel and more flexible physical layer (PHY) technologies, which are capable of providing higher spectral and energy efficiencies, as well as reduced transceiver implementations.
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The 8th Annual Vancouver Short Film Festival took place in Vancouver, BC, Canada this past January, and SPS earned it spots on the silver screen! Erin Cumming, director of Under the Radar, took home the Audience Choice Award during the festival.
Under the Radar, which was produced by SPS Past President Rabab Ward, recounts an inspiring signal processing story in which an upstart team of Canadian engineers goes head-to-head with NASA in a race to process images in never-before-seen parts of the earth. The short film was co-sponsored between the IEEE Signal Processing Society and TELUS, and was featured on Air Canada flights throughout 2017. It is part of an ongoing effort to increase visibility of signal processing and its applications to a broader audience.
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