Event Name Free Space Optics Seminar by Chris Davis
Start Date 11th Dec 2008 3:30pm
End Date
Duration N/A
 Topic: Free Space Optical Communications
Given By: Prof. Christopher C. Davis
Location: Brown Theatre, Building 193, The university of Melbourne, Australia.
Time: Thursday 11th December 2008 at 3.30 pm.

Free Space Optical Communications: Progress and challenges in how to avoid spectral congestion and interference for ultra-high data-ratenetworking Christopher C. DavisDepartment of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of MarylandCollege Park, MD 20742. USA Free space optical (FSO) communications has a long history, and has been deployed fairly widely in commercial and military applications. It has significant advantages over RF wireless communications technology with regard to scalability, freedom from interference, and spatial diversity. Its deployment does, however, present many challenges in achieving reliable reconfigurable network operation. These include link physics effects, pointing, acquisition and tracking, mobility, and network topology change. In this talk, work in these areas will be discussed, as well as research challenges for the future.

Christopher C. Davis is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received the B.A. degree (with Honors) in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1965, the M.A. degree from the University of Cambridge in 1970, and the Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Manchester in 1970. From 1973-1975 he was a Instructor/Research Associate at Cornell University, and from 1982-83 was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He has been a recipient of the following Honors and Awards: University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, 1989-90; Fellow of the Institute of Physics, 1989; AT&T/ASEE Award for Excellence in Engineering Education,1990; Fellow of the IEEE, 1993; Invention of the Year Award in Information Technology, University of Maryland, 2000. Professor Davis is the author of the widely used text "Lasers and Electro-Optics," published by Cambridge University Press, and co-author with Jack Moore and Mike Coplan of the best selling text "Building Scientific Apparatus," soon to be published in its 4th edition by Cambridge University Press.

He is also author or co-author of 13 chapters in books, 185 refereed journal articles and over 250 conference papers, and is the holder of nine awarded and several pending patents. He is Conference co-Chair of the SPIE Free Space Laser Communications Conference, and is a frequent invited lecturer both nationally and internationally. He has served as a scientific consultant to several US Government agencies and industry. He is a member of the IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee SCC-34 SC2, which deals with RF exposure from wirelessdevices.

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