Research Interests

My current research focuses on developing new methods for analyzing and implementing wireless broadband and portable internet access. My students and I have pursued the potential of millimeter wave wireless communications as a way to meet the growing global demand for bandwidth in both personal and cellular applications. Using smart antennas, integrated on chip antennas, and much greater spectrum than ever available before, we envision the ability to offer unprecedented bandwidths to mobile devices, while completely transforming the form factors and mechanical design of appliances and electronics. See (mmWAVE page) for more information. This exciting world was first made possible by Moore's law, and the first unlicensed 60 GHz millimeter wave band[1]. Other applications include the concept of an "information shower" where people walk from room to room, and massive amounts of content is downloaded or exchanged with devices on an as-needed basis[2],[3]. This interdisciplinary research vision combines RFIC design and semiconductor research capabilities with MAC and Network layer research, as well as radio propagation channel measurements and modeling, at frequencies of 60 GHz and greater. We believe this work will pave the way for single chip data transceivers that reliably transfer more than 5 GB/s data for more than 5 meters in a vast number of military or commercial applications. A recent interdisciplinary NSF research project involved 4 undergraduate students and 2 graduate students and developed new methods for analyzing mobile IP throughput and large scale wireless network behavior.

My research goal is to make the wireless channel understood as well as a copper wire, and to design and fabricate devices that support massive data transmission rates or enable new applications of wireless, such as for biosensors, medical, or paperless office technologies. My research has also developed site-specific network modeling and management tools that are now routinely used by industry for study, simulation, and deployment of wireless systems.

A Sampling of Recent Publications and Talks (Click on the citation for the document):

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  • [1] T. S. Rappaport, Keynote Presentation at 2009 Virginia Tech Wireless Symposium: "The Emerging World of Massively Broadband Devices: 60 GHz and Above."
  • [2] F. Gutierrez, K. Parrish, T. S. Rappaport, "On-Chip Integrated Antenna Structures in CMOS for 60 GHz WPAN Systems," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Vol. 27, Issue 8, October 2009, pp. 1367-1378.
  • [3] T. S. Rappaport, F. Gutierrez, T. Al-Attar, "Millimeter-Wave and Terahertz Wireless RFIC and On-Chip Antenna Design: Tools and Layout Techniques," invited conference paper, IEEE First Workshop on Millimeter Wave and Terahertz Communications, in conjunction with IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom), Honolulu, HI, November 30-December 4, 2009.
  • [4] F. Gutierrez, T. S. Rappaport, J. Murdock, "Millimeter-Wave CMOS Antennas and RFIC Parameter Extraction for Vehicular Applications,"IEEE 72nd Vehicular Technology Conference Fall (VTC), Ottawa, Canada, Sept. 6-9, 2010, pp.1-6
  • [5] R. C. Daniels, J. N. Murdock, T. S. Rappaport, R. W. Heath, "60 GHz Wireless: Up Close and Personal," IEEE Microwave Magazine, Vol. 11, No. 7, December 2010, pp.44-50. view
  • [6] J. Murdock, E. Ben-Dor, F. Gutierrez, Jr., T.S. Rappaport, "Challenges and Approaches to On-chip Millimeter Wave Antenna Measurements," to appear n the "2011 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (ISM)", Baltimore, MD, June 5-10.
  • [7] T.S. Rappaport, J.Murdock, F.Gutierrez, Jr., "State-of-the-art in 60 GHz Integrated Circuits and Systems for Wireless Communications," to appear in the "Proceedings of the IEEE"
  • [8] T. S. Rappaport, J. N. Murdock, D. G. Michelson, and R. Shapiro, "An open-source archiving system for RF propagation measurements and radio channel modeling and simulation," to appear in, IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, 2011.

 

Papers on Millimeter Wave Wireless by T.S. Rappaport's Team

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T.S. Rappaport, J.N.Murdock, F. Gutierrez, Jr., "State-of-the-art in 60 GHz Integrated Circuits and Systems for Wireless Communications,"  Proceedings of the IEEE,, August 2011, Vol. 99, No. 8, pp   1390-1436.  THIS PAPER IS ONE OF THE FIRST JOURNAL PAPERS TO PROMOTE MMWAVE CELLULAR AND USE OF THE SUB – THZ SPECTRUM

H. Xu, V. Kukshya, T. S. Rappaport, “Spatial and Temporal Characteristics of 60 GHz Indoor Channels,” IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Vol. 20, No. 3, April 2002, pp. 620-630.   FIRST PAPER TO EXPLORE ANGLE OF ARRIVAL AND CHARACTERISTICS AND DIRECTIONAL WIDEBAND COMMUNICATIONS AT MMWAVE INSIDE BUILDINGS.

C. R. Anderson and T. S. Rappaport, “In-Building Wideband Partition Loss Measurements at 2.5 and 60 GHz,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 3, No. 3, May 2004, pp. 922-928. LEAD CONTRIBUTION FOR PARTITION LOSS VALUES IN MMWAVE INDOOR CHANNELS.

C. H. Park, T. S. Rappaport, “Short-Range Wireless Communications for Next-Generation Networks: UWB, 60 GHz Millimeter Wave PAN, and Zigbee,”IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, Vol. 14, Issue 4, August 2007, pp. 70-78. TUTORIAL ON THE COMING WORLD OF MMWAVE COMMUNICATIONS.

F. Gutierrez, S. Agarwal, K. Parrish, T. S. Rappaport, “On-Chip Integrated Antenna Structures in CMOS for 60 GHz WPAN Systems,” IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Vol. 27, Issue 8,  October 2009, pp. 1367-1378.

R. Daniels, J. Murdock, T. S. Rappaport, R. Heath “60 GHz Wireless: Up Close and Personal,” IEEE Microwave Magazine,Vol. 11, No. 7, December 2010, pp.44-50.

 

Shorter Papers or Conference Papers related to Millimeter Wave wireless:

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 L. Ragan, A. Hassibi, T. S. Rappaport, C. L. Christianson, “Novel On-Chip Antenna Structures and Frequency Selective Surface (FSS) Approaches for Millimeter Wave Devices,” IEEE 66th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC), Baltimore, MD, Oct. 1-3, 2007, pp. 2051-2055.

F. Gutierrez, K. Parrish, T. S. Rappaport, “On-Chip Integrated Antenna Structures in CMOS for 60 GHz WPAN Systems,” IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom), Honolulu, HI, Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2009.

T. S. Rappaport, F. Gutierrez, T. Al-Attar, “Millimeter-Wave and Terahertz Wireless RFIC and On-Chip Antenna Design: Tools and Layout Techniques,” IEEE First Workshop on Millimeter Wave and Terahertz Communications, in conjunction with IEEE Global Communications Conference(Globecom), Honolulu, HI, Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2009.

 F. Gutierrez, T. S. Rappaport, J. Murdock, “Millimeter-wave CMOS On-Chip Antennas for Vehicular Electronic Applications,” IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, Ottawa, Canada, September 6-9, 2010, 5 pp.

K. Hassan, T. S. Rappaport, J. G. Andrews, “Analog Equalization and Analog to Digital Converter Considerations for Low Power 60 GHz Receivers in Realistic Multipath Channels,” IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (Globecom), December 2010, 5 pp.

J. Murdock, E. Ben-Dor, F. Gutierrez, Jr., T.S. Rappaport, "Challenges and Approaches to On-chip Millimeter Wave Antenna Measurements," 2011 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS), Baltimore, MD, June 5-10, 2011, 5 pp.

J. N. Murdock, T. S. Rappaport, "Consumption Factor:  A Figure of Merit for Power Consumption and Energy Efficiency in Broadband Wireless Communications,"  IEEE  Global Communications Conference (Globecom), Broadband Wireless Workshop, December 2011, Houston, TX

E. Ben-Dor, T.S. Rappaport, Y Qiao, S. Lauffenberger, “Millimeter-wave 60 GHz Outdoor and Vehicle AOA Propagation Measurements  using a Broadband Channel Sounder,”  2011 IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom),  December 2011, Houston, TX,  6 pp.

T.S. Rappaport, E. Ben-Dor, J.N. Murdock, Y. Qiao, J. Tamir, “Cellular and Peer-to-Peer Broadband Millimeter Wave Outdoor  propagation measurements and Angle of Arrival characteristics  using adaptive beam steering,” invited paper and presentation,  IEEE Radio and Wireless Week (RWW) 2012, Santa Clara, CA, Jan. 15, 2012.

T. S. Rappaport, E. Ben-Dor, J. N. Murdock, Y. Qiao, "38 GHz and 60 GHz Angle-Dependent Propagation for Cellular & Peer-to-Peer Wireless Communications,"  IEEE International Conference on Communications, June 2012, Ottawa, Canada.

J. N. Murdock, E. Ben-Dor, Y. Qiao, J. I. Tamir, T. S. Rappaport, "A 38 GHz Cellular Outage Study for an Urban Outdoor Campus Environment," to be published, Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, April 2012, Paris, France.

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