Terahertz wireless Communications -6G and beyond autonomous vehicles

by Idelfonso Tafur Monroy, Professor Terahertz Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology

The talk introduces the growing neeed and importance of photonic integrated circuits to support Terahertz wireless communications and sensing for autonomous vehicles.

It has been estimated by people like Dr. Joy Laskar, co-founder and CTO of Maja Systems, that the self-driving car will generate approximately two petabits of data per week – the equivalent of two-million gigabits.

To put this in perspective, even with an advanced 4G connection, it will take 200 days to transfer a week’s-worth of data from a single self-driving car. That explains why we need much faster data processing technology and products.

Next generation chips and large 5G wireless connectivity will turn cars into “data centers on wheels”, thus enabling self-driving cars to make in-situ, complex, real time decisions. For a massive roll-out of autonomous cars that will be driven by artificial intelligence as well as being securely connected to the mobile network, not even 5G speeds will be enough.

There will need to be lots of smaller mmWave and THz antennas located close to each other. Terahertz wireless communications with terabit capacities go beyond supporting autonomous driving cars. It will transform the infrastructure needed to become a network of not only cars, drones, robots co-operating with each other but also interacting with (vulnerable) road users and even sensing the surroundings for environmental protection and safety.

The talk presents a vision and insights on how integrated photonics can play a role int his development.

program: https://www.automotivephotonicsconference.com/program/

Interview

What drives you?
The fascination for contributing to solve grand societal challenges thought technology developments made possible by multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
Autonomous cars is a clear case of bigdata for whose transport, analysis and storage, photonic technologies will find applications.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Terahertz remote sensing, in-vehicle data transmission networks, car-to-car and car-to infrastructure communications links.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Truly enablers for massive deployment of autonomous cars.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Scaling production and yields as well as efforts in standardizations.

“Special quote”
The large volume of data that will be generated from autonomous driving requires high-capacity data links with extreme low-latency where photonic and THz technologies can play an important role.

About Idelfonso Tafur Monroy

Idelfonso Tafur Monroy is since July 2017, Professor in photonic Terahertz systems at the department of Electrical Engineering of the Eindhoven University of Technology, and since November 2018 director of the Photonic Integration Technology Center (PITC).

He coordinates the 5G PPP BLUESPACE project on technologies for 5G wireless systems and the ITN CELTA project with 15 PhD students working convergence of electronics and photonics technologies for applications such as THz communications, sensing and imaging.

His research interests are in the area photonics technologies for Terahertz systems, converged electronic-photonic integrated circuits for applications in secure communications, sensing and computing. He is co-author of over 500 journal and conference papers and has graduated 22 PhD students. He is co-founder of the start-up Bifrost Communications on optical fiber access solutions.

About Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology TU/e educates students and advances knowledge in science & technology for the benefit of humanity. We integrate education and research to enable our students and scientists to become thought leaders and to design and achieve the unimaginable. In close collaboration with our public and private partners, we translate our basic research into meaningful solutions.

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