Following a new tradition that started at IMS2011, IMS2012 will conclude with a Closing Ceremony. This session will take place on Thursday, 21 June, at 4:00 p.m., right after the last session period, in room 710 (seventh floor).

The Closing Ceremony will represent an opportunity for IMS2012’s Steering Committee (SC) to thank all the participants and attendees for their presence and contribution to the success of the symposium. Moreover, it will allow IMS2012 to introduce IMS2013’s SC and to officially hand over the baton toward a successful 2013 edition of the IMS in Seattle. It is also at the Closing Ceremony that the winning team of the Graduate Student Challenge will be presented its award.

As for the Plenary Session, the highlight will be the keynote talk. This talk will be given by Stanford University professor, Dr. Thomas H. Lee. Prof. Lee is well known as a prolific writer, a pioneer scholar, and an outstanding speaker. He will close the symposium by presenting his vision on the future of the key aspects of microwave and internet technology. His talk will be titled “The Fourth Age of Wireless and the Internet of Everything.”

Abstract of the talk

Making predictions is hard, particularly about the future. The patterns of history are rarely discernible until they’re obvious and, perhaps, irrelevant. Wireless may be an exception, at least in a broad outline, for the evolution of wireless has been following a clear pattern that tempts us to extrapolate. Marconi’s station-to-station spark telegraphy gave way to a second age dominated by station-to-people broadcasting and then to today’s ubiquitous people-to-people cellular communications. Each new age was marked by vast increases in value as it enlarged the circle of interlocutors. Now, these three ages have covered all combinations of stations and people, so any fourth age will have to invite “things” into the mix to provide another stepwise jump in the number of interlocutors. This talk will describe how the inclusion of multiple billions of objects, coupled with a seemingly insatiable demand for ever-higher data rates, will stress an infrastructure built for the third age. Overcoming the challenges of the coming fourth age of wireless to create the Internet of everything represents a huge opportunity for RF engineers. History is not done.

Biography of the Speaker

Thomas H. Lee received the S.B., S.M., and Sc.D. degrees in electrical engineering, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1983, 1985, and 1990, respectively. His graduate work at MIT resulted in the world’s first Radio Frequency (RF) CMOS IC in 1989.

Since 1994, he has been a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University, where his research focus is on silicon RFIC technology. He has received several Best Paper awards, at ISSCC and CICC and is a Packard Foundation Fellowship recipient.

He served for a decade as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society and has been a Distinguished Lecturer of the microwave Society as well. He holds 57 U.S. patents and authored The Design of CMOS Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits and Planar Microwave Engineering and coauthored four additional books on RF circuit design. He also cofounded the memory company Matrix Semiconductor (acquired by Sandisk in 2006) and Ayla Networks. He is currently on leave from Stanford to serve as director of the Microsystems Technology Office at DARPA.

In 2011, Dr. Lee was awarded the Ho-Am Prize in Engineering (colloquially known as the Korean Nobel) for his RF CMOS work.


Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor

April 17, 2012