Ask Me Anything with Alex Wyglinski

Thursday, September 03, 2020
6:30 pm

Wireless communications technology has grown increasingly more important over time, and during 2020, the capabilities of and access to wireless technology became even more critical as companies took their businesses and schools took their classrooms almost completely online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout its evolution, wireless technology has primarily been referred to within the context of cellular phones. Today, experts are claiming that 5G wireless technology will usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, “a way of describing the blurring of boundaries between the physical, digital, and biological worlds… a fusion of advances in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, genetic engineering, quantum computing, and other technologies,” according to Because 5G isn’t just about making our smartphones faster – it’s about making life better.

With faster speeds and the ability to handle significantly more traffic and bandwidth than its 3G and 4G predecessors, 5G technology promises internet connections so fast they could support an entirely new way of life, providing increased access to information and facilitating improvements in the economy, communication, business, education, safety, health, security, and technology around the world.

In this special event, we invite you to join WPI’s Alex Wyglinski, professor of electrical engineering and robotics engineering – an internationally recognized as an expert in the field of wireless communications –  for a discussion about what’s ahead for 5G technology, and how the technology will impact the ways you learn, work, and engage with each other and our world.

Date: September 3, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM ET

Location: Virtual on Zoom

A Zoom account is needed to attend this event. Registrants will be emailed the Zoom event URL to attend the event at the time of registration.


About Alex Wyglinski

Dr. Alexander M. Wyglinski is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of wireless communications, cognitive radio, connected vehicles, software-defined radio, dynamic spectrum access, electromagnetic security, vehicular technology, wireless system optimization and adaptation, autonomous vehicles, and cyber-physical systems. In addition to his teaching duties at WPI, Alex is the Director of the Wireless Innovation Laboratory (WI Lab).

Alex is very active in the technical community, serving on the organizing committees of numerous technical conferences and several journal editorial boards. These activities include serving as the General Co-Chair for both the 2013 IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference and the 82nd IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference in Fall 2015. Alex’s previous and current editorial board commitments include the IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and IEEE Transactions on Communications. In January 2018, Alex became President of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, an applications-oriented society of approximately 4600 members that focuses on the theoretical, experimental and operational aspects of electrical and electronics engineering in mobile radio, motor vehicles and land transportation.

Throughout his academic career, Alex has published approximately 40 journal papers, over 80 conference papers, nine book chapters, and three textbooks. He is currently being or has been sponsored by organizations such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Naval Research Laboratory, the MITRE Corporation, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate, The MathWorks, Toyota InfoTechnology Center U.S.A., and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Wyglinski is a Senior Member of the IEEE, as well as a member of Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, and the ASEE.

Alex received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from McGill University, his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada, and his PhD in electrical engineering from McGill University.

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