Advances in Wireless Communication: 5G and LI-FI

Date: May 8, 2019 (Wednesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (registration at 6:30PM)

Venue: ITRI Int’l, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA

The speaker will present the technology behind 5G and Light Fidelity. Come and learn about them!


5G is the next generation wireless communication technology and it promises a whole suite of dramatic improvements. It can achieve speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G, 100 times more connected devices, 100x energy efficiency,  and10x latency reduction. It will help kick-start the Internet of Things, since it was designed to connect billions of machines, appliances, and sensors at low cost without draining their batteries.

Li-Fi is a new technology that uses light to transmit data. It offers several advantages like working across higher bandwidth, working in areas susceptible to electromagnetic interference (e.g. aircraft cabins, hospitals) and offering higher transmission speeds.

This two hour seminar will present an overview of 5G (technology, new capabilities, applications) and also present Li-FI technology (how it works, Li-Fi vs Wi-Fi, advantages, disadvantages, and applications)

Speaker Bio: Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, Cadence Design Systems.

 Dr. Kao has authored more than 50 technical papers at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.

Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter.

Dr. Kao teaches Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Business Sustainability courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension. 

Dr. Kao current interests include the subjects of Energy, Environment and Education.

He teaches and is a frequent lecturer on various Emerging Technologies including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy,  Big Data and Data Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Robotics, AI / Machine Learning, AR/VR  and 3D Printing.

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