Wireless Data Access: from Silicon to Systems

EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

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Dr. Teresa H. Meng
Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, Stanford University
Chief Technical Officer, Atheros Communications Inc.

Wednesday, September 5, 2001
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.


Wide-area wireless voice communications have brought forth the success of modern-day wireless industry, demonstrating a 40% yearly growth in the cellphone industry in the past decade. However, moving forward, the network strategies provided by the cellphone industry for wireless data access are fundamentally flawed due a combination of high cost and low performance. On the other hand, the newly established high-performance, low-cost model by the 802.11 wireless LAN technology has the potential to provide wide-area data access with nearly the speed of wired connectivity.

The new era of wireless data networks will be built on a combination of breakthroughs in wireless signal processing and low-cost CMOS processes to deliver a ubiquitous wireless fabric, allowing connectivity of a multitude of communication and consumer devices incorporating a variety of data rates and quality of service. State-of-the-art developments of the wireless LAN technology will be given in this talk, along with the opportunities for future innovations.


Teresa H. Meng received her Ph.D. in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988. She joined the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University in 1988, where she is now a Professor and the Robert Bosch Faculty Fellow. Awards and honors for her research work at Stanford include an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, an ONR Young Investigator Award, an IBM Faculty Development Award, a best paper award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society, the Eli Jury Award from U.C. Berkeley, and awards from AT&T, TRW and other industry and academic organizations.

In 1998, Dr. Meng took leave from Stanford and founded Atheros Communications Inc, which provides the core technology to deliver ubiquitous, high-performance wireless networking solutions. Dr. Meng was named one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurs by Red Herring in 2001, and was one of the three finalists for the Innovator of the Year Award in 2000. She returned to Stanford in 2000 to continue her research and teaching at the University.

Dr. Meng's current research activities include low-power circuit design, wireless communication, and bio-signal processing. She has given many plenary talks at major conferences in the areas of signal processing and wireless communications. She is the author of one book, numerous book chapters, and over 200 technical articles in journals and conferences. Dr. Meng is a Fellow of the IEEE.