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Online Course

25 - 26 May 2022 - 10:00 am to 1:30 pm EDT

Registration closes on 23 May 2022 at 5:00pm EDT

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CEU Credits: 0.6 CEUs

Course Description

The Secure and High-Capacity Complement to Radio Frequency (RF)

6G research is on the way, and one element in 6G is ‘new spectrum’ in order to be able to cope with the ever-increasing mobile data traffic. The visible light and infrared spectrum is 2600 times larger than the entire radio frequency spectrum. Visible light communications and LiFi are therefore, target technologies in 6G. Crucially, the optical spectrum already underpins our data backbone through the massive deployment of core and metro networks. Consequently, there are optical devices that are optimized for high-speed communications. Although the step of taking this spectrum into the wireless world seems straightforward and logical, there are a few fundamental challenges that need to be overcome.

This course will describe these challenges and will offer solutions based on more than two decades of research in VLC, and even longer research in infrared optical wireless communications.

We will go on to provide a general background to the subject of optical wireless communications, followed by a brief summary of the history of visible light communication VLC and wireless infrared (IR) communication. We will discuss the relationship between VLC and LiFi (light fidelity), introducing the major advantages of VLC and LiFi and discuss existing challenges. Recent key advancements in physical layer techniques that led to transmission speeds greater than 100 Gbps will be discussed.

Moving on, we introduce channel modelling techniques, and show how this technology can be used to create fully-fledged cellular networks achieving orders of magnitude improvements of area spectral efficiency compared to current technologies. The challenges that arise from moving from a static point-to-point visible light link to a LiFi network that is capable of serving hundreds of mobile and fixed nodes will be discussed. We will also discuss the benefits of optical intelligent reflecting surfaces (IRSs).

Finally, an overview of recent standardization activities will be provided given that a new LiFi standard, IEEE 802.11bb, is expected to be fully ratified by the end of 2022. Lastly, we will discuss commercialization challenges of this disruptive technology and provide results of pilot studies.

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Register by 9 May and save 10% on your registration fee when you use promo code EARLYLBW during the checkout process or add this course to your shopping cart with the discount applied.

Who Should Attend

This advanced-beginner course is intended for a diverse audience including optical wireless system researchers and engineers as well as photonic device researchers and engineers and optical sub-system designers. The course may also be of interest to researchers and practitioners in fibre optic communication, wireless communication and lighting systems design. Some basic knowledge in optics and communication theory will be useful, but is not a prerequisite. The same applies to basic knowledge of wireless access networks.


Harald Haas

Harald Haas

Distinguished Professor of Mobile Communications


Learning Objectives

This course will enable you to:

  • Understand the potential of visible and infrared light as a candidate technology for 6G and secure high speed wireless networking
  • Understand existing technical challenges to unlock the full potential of this technology.
  • Explain practical limitations of light-based communication links
  • Explain the impact of strong sun light and non-line of sight conditions on data rate performance.
  • Explain physical layer security in LiFi attocell networks
  • Compare different digital modulation techniques used in intensity modulation / direct detection systems in terms of spectrum efficiency and energy efficiency as well as various environmental conditions.
  • Discuss pros and cons of angular diversity and multiple input multiple output techniques in VLC systems.
  • Summarize methods to achieve multiuser access and to support mobility in LiFi optical attocell networks.
  • List practical co-channel interference mitigation techniques in LiFi attocell networks.
  • Show downlink capacity of LiFi attocell networks.
  • Discuss practical limitations
  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of optical IRS augmented LiFi networks
  • Discuss how LiFi could lead to a merger of the lighting and wireless communication industries.
  • Understand commercialization challenges

Course Content

  1. Introduction and motivation (30 min)
  2. History of Visible Light Communication (VLC) (15 min)
  3. What is LiFi and differences to VLC (30 min)
  4. Advantages of LiFi (45 min)
  5. Common misconceptions (30 min)
  6. Channel modeling (15 min)
  7. Digital modulations techniques for LiFi (45 min)
  8. MIMO in LiFi (30 min)
  9. Multi-user access in LiFi (15)
  10. LiFi attocellular networks and performance (45 min)
  11. Standardization (15 min)
  12. Practical limitations (15 min)
  13. Commercialization (30 min)

Course Materials

Each registered participant receives a copy of instructor slides and access to the recording of the course for 20 business days after the live lecture. Earn 0.6 IEEE Continuing Education Units for participating.

Upon registration, you will automatically be emailed the WebEx invitation for the course session, but you will also be sent a reminder message to join the WebEx session prior to the start of the course. Course materials will be emailed to you and will be available for download from the WebEx session page for this course, the day prior to the scheduled course date.

Course Cancellation and Refund Policy: Requests for online course cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to the course date for a full refund. Once course materials have been shared with a participant, a cancellation request cannot be accommodated.

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For general inquiries and technical support, contact Tara McNally, Certification and Professional Education Manager.

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