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Navigating 3GPP Standards 1/22/19

January 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm

319 DeBartolo Hall

J. Nicholas Laneman

Co-Director of the Wireless Institute


University of Notre Dame



Several generations of worldwide technical standards for wireless cellular communications have been created by an organization called 3GPP, which stands for Third Generation Partnership Project. What is this organization, and which companies are involved? What are the goals of the standards? How does the standards process work? How can one navigate and understand the standards with dozens of “releases”, hundreds of “technical specifications”, and thousands of acronyms? How does the standards process related to patents and the many patent litigation battles we read about in the news? In addition to providing some high-level answers to these questions, this talk will offer suggestions for how students and faculty can leverage the standards process to enhance their careers in the wireless industry.   



Dr. Laneman is Founding Director and currently Co-Director of the Wireless Institute in the College of Engineering, a Professor of Electrical Engineering, and a Fellow of the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame. He joined the faculty in August 2002 shortly after earning a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research and teaching interests are in communications architecture—a blend of information theory, error-control coding, signal processing for communications, network protocols, and hardware design—with current emphasis on wireless systems.

In addition to three conference best paper awards, Laneman has received a 2006 Presidential Early-Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a 2006 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, a 2003 Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, and the 2001 MIT EECS Harold L. Hazen Graduate Teaching Award. He is an IEEE Fellow and has served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications and a Guest Editor for Special Issues of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. He was also the first Online Editor for the IEEE Information Theory Society and currently serves on its Board of Governors.

Laneman is author or co-author of over 120 publications, including 40 journal articles and 3 invited book chapters, and has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher (2010, 2015). He is co-inventor on six U.S. patents and has several patents pending. He currently advises four Ph.D. students; ten Ph.D. degrees, thirteen M.S. degrees, and one B.S. honors degree have been earned under his supervision. All of these research efforts have been supported in part by over $10.5M in research funding, with Laneman serving as principal investigator on just over $3.7M.

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