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ECE Graduate Seminar Lecture

Science / Technology - Lecture/Discussion - WPI Only

Thursday, April 10, 2014
3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Atwater Kent Laboratories
AK 233

High Throughput Satellite Communications: A New Era in Fixed and Mobile Services

While wireline and other forms of wireless communications exploded in terms of usable data rates and consumer adoption, satellite communications proceeded at a much more leisurely place. Satellite communication was considered a niche market, suitable especially for rural areas, maritime, military in combat situations, etc., which lack access to other means of communications. This paradigm has shifted with the advent of high throughput satellites, pioneered by ViaSat.

In this talk Ill provide an overview of high throughput satellites, how high throughput satellites are a game-changer and the technological challenges in building communications infrastructure for high throughput satellite communications. I will also provide an overview of a number of exciting areas for research that high throughput satellites have opened up, from a theoretical as well as an implementation perspective.

Balasubramanian (Rama) Ramakrishnan
Communications Systems Engineer
ViaSat Inc., Marlboro, MA

Rama Ramakrishnan is a communications systems engineer and works for ViaSat Inc. in their Marlboro, MA office. He obtained his B.Tech in EE from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai in 1992 and his Ph.D from Purdue University, West Lafayette in 1997. He then joined COMSAT Laboratories in Clarksburg, MD, which was acquired by ViaSat in 2001. He worked for ViaSat in Carlsbad, CA till 2007 and then joined The MITRE Corporation, Bedford MA, where he worked will 2012. In 2012 he rejoined ViaSat, where he is currently working on their next generation of satellite broadband products. Rama has been a lead systems engineer on many products, for both military and commercial applications. His interests are in communication, information and coding theories, beamforming and implementation of signal processing algorithms on FPGAs and DSP chips.

Host: Professor Alex Wyglinski

Suggested Audiences: College


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