Digital Wireless in an Analog World

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Digital Wireless in an Analog World
Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Huang 18
Roger Nichols - Keysight
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With plenty of work left to do to realize the vision of 5G, global research community is already working on 6G.  Visions of how this system will move us beyond the aggressive objectives of 5G are also accompanied by a list of significant technical challenges. And as 5G and 6G will drive mobile communications deeper into our societal fabric, the technology required spans not only all disciplines within electrical and computer engineering, but also disciplines like social psychology, cognitive and sensory function, and even political science. Coming from the perspective of what it takes to make tools to design and measure such systems, this talk will explore the breadth of opportunity for innovation and contribution.


Roger Nichols’ 37 years of engineering and management experience in wireless test and measurement at Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, and Keysight spans roles in marketing, manufacturing, and R&D. He has managed projects, programs, and departments beginning with analog cellular radio, evolving to 6G, and on every standard in between.  He has been directing Keysight’s 5G program since 2014, and Keysight’s 6G program since 2019. He is also the director of Keysight’s work in wireless standards.

Roger holds a BSEE from the University of Colorado, Boulder.