Trends in Wireless Communications and Role of AI

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Trends in Wireless Communications and Role of AI
Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Durga Malladi - Qualcomm
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5G already represents the fastest technology transition in wireless communications. The new cellular standard is poised to keep augmenting capabilities and expand its reach well beyond phones – into PCs, fixed wireless access, vehicles, VR/AR glasses and more. AI is not integral part of 5G evolution, with applications in areas such as connection management, sensing and localization which help improve data speeds, coverage and power-efficiency. In this presentation, Dr. Durga Malladi provides an overview of the state of 5G and offers a glimpse into the future of wireless technology powered by machine learning.


Durga Malladi is Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cellular Modems & Infrastructure in Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Durga joined Qualcomm in 1998 as a Senior Engineer. Over the past 24 years, he has worked on SatCom, 3G, 4G and 5G technologies in various R&D and Business roles.

He led 4G LTE / LTE-Advanced Research in Qualcomm from 2004-14, working on features such as Carrier Aggregation, Voice over LTE (VoLTE), Small cells, HetNets, Relays, Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), Internet of Things (eMTC, NB-IoT), Broadcast and Cellular V2X.

From 2014-18, he led 5G Research in Qualcomm across Sub6 and Millimeter Wave bands, focusing on enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), Industrial IoT, Vehicular Communications (C-V2X), Integrated Access & Backhaul (IAB) systems, Unlicensed / Shared Spectrum and Massive IoT (mIoT) and Low/High Power Millimeter Wave systems. The responsibilities spanned system design, standardization, prototype testbeds, pre- commercial vendor inter-operability tests and trials.

Since 2018, as Senior VP & General Manager for Cellular Modems and Infrastructure, he drives the overall 5G Modem-RF technology roadmap across business units, spanning Mobile Handset, Compute, XR, Wearables, Infrastructure, Wireless Fiber, IoT and Automotive segments. In addition, he is responsible for Cellular Mobile Broadband, vRAN based Infrastructure (RU, DU) and Position Location businesses.

He is the recipient of Qualcomm’s IP Excellence Award, Qualcomm Distinguished Contributor Award for Project Leadership and Upendra Patel Achievement Awards for Outstanding Contributions to 3G HSPA and 4G LTE.

Durga holds a B.Tech. (’93) from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and an M.S (’95) and Ph.D. (’98) from UCLA. His Ph.D. dissertation is on Sequential Detection and Adaptive Estimation techniques, and his research interests include Digital Signal Processing, Wireless Communication Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and holds 564 U.S. patents in Wireless Communications.