Mohamed-Slim Alouini was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1998. He served as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar before joining King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009. His current research interests include the modeling, design, and performance analysis of wireless communication systems.
Large Intelligent Surfaces Assisted MIMO – A Vision for 6G Wireless Communication Systems
(work in collaboration with Qurrat-Ul-Ain Nadeem, Abla Kammoun, Anas Chaabany, Merouane Debbah)
The explosive increase in the data rate requirements of beyond Fifth Generation (5G) wireless networks, which are expected to connect billions of wireless devices via dense deployments of multi-antenna base stations (BS)s, have raised critical concerns on the resulting network energy consumption. Large Intelligent Surface (LIS) is envisioned as a promising energy efficient technology for Sixth Generation (6G) networks that can offer unprecedented Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) gains. The LIS comprises of a large number of low-cost passive reflecting elements that can smartly reconfigure the signal propagation for performance enhancement. The resulting LIS can be readily integrated into the facades of the buildings surrounding the BS. In this talk, we introduce this new technology with its important modeling features as well as challenges and open questions.