WPI Professors Actively Involved in International Wireless Conference in Boston

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Worcester, Mass. -- Several WPI professors are actively involved in the planning of the Ninth IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC 98) scheduled for Boston from Sept. 8-11. Professor Kaveh Pahlavan of WPI's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and head of the WPI Center for Wireless Information Network Studies (CWINS) is the organizer and technical program chairman. Professor John Orr, head of the WPI Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, is the events chair, while Professor Peter Lanyon serves as the registration chair and Postdoctoral Fellow Jacques Beneat as the general conference secretary.

The conference provides a high level scientific forum for the exchange of information on new research results and commercial innovations from the international community of wireless communications researchers, equipment manufacturers, and service providers.

This major international conference, previously held in the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Taiwan and Finland, covers all areas of wireless and personal communications systems. Last year's conference, held in Helsinki, attracted 500 top professionals from 40 countries.

"PIMRC 98 offers an outstanding program of technical papers, tutorials, invited lectures, and panel discussions that reflect the truly global view of emerging third-generation wireless networks in the mobile life of the third millennium," says Pahlavan. "We have tried to strike a balance between the diverse interests of academia and industry and added panels on the future of technology and marketing. And to encourage young researchers we've allocated several prizes for selected papers written and presented by students."

Topics covered during the conference will include wireless internetworking, wireless data networks, satellite networks, spectrum allocation and regulatory issues, deployment of wireless networks, fixed wireless access, smart antennas, wireless ATM and global issues facing the wireless communications industry.

A unique feature during the conference, held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, will be a wireless Internet access for participants. Several laptops equipped with wireless LAN network cards will be distributed. Wireless access points will be deployed in the Marriott to ensure proper coverage. With this setup, one will be able to access the Internet and the World Wide Web, telnet and ftp while sitting in the conference room during a presentation, or while roaming in the corridors or in the exhibition areas.

Additional information can be obtained from the PIMRC 98 World Wide Web site at http://www.pimrc98.wpi.edu.