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21 April 2022

Research into smart radio environments wins 'outstanding paper' award

Research into 6G recognised

Simeone, Osvaldo
Professor Osvaldo Simeone

King’s Professor Osvaldo Simeone, Professor of Information Engineering, is one of the co-authors of the winning paper in the IEEE Communications Society Outstanding Paper Award for 2022.

The research is an international collaboration between universities and industry in several countries. It looks at how reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RISs) can enable the development of ‘smart’ radio environments that can provide uninterrupted wireless connectivity, and transmit data by recycling existing radio waves, comparing this to established methods of installing smaller-scale relay stations.

Previous generations of wireless communication systems treated the radio propagation environment, created by the specific configurations of objects between transmitter and receiver, as fixed. In contrast, 6G will aim at shaping the propagation medium via the introduction of reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RISs) to realize the concept of "smart" radio environments. This will be done by leveraging the unique properties of metamaterials and inexpensive antennas, which will be installed on buildings, vehicles, and other stationary or moving objects.

King’s has established expertise in the development of 6G through the Centre for Telecommunications Research and played a key role in defining theoretical tools and metrics used in the study. Commenting on the award, Osvaldo said:

The award recognises an international collaboration -- spanning Europe, the UK, Israel, and Singapore and involving both academic and industry researchers -- which addresses a timely fundamental technological question of relevance for 6G. I am honoured to have been selected, and I look forward to a continued collaboration with my co-authors.”

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Osvaldo Simeone

Professor of Information Engineering