T11: Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces: Electromagnetic models, design, and future directions
Co-organizer: Alessio Zappone, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy
Co-organizer: Marco Di Renzo, CNRS – CentraleSupelec – Univ. Paris-Sud, Paris, France
Abstract: As 5G networks take their final form, connectivity demands continue to increase exponentially and new services pose more constraints on the performance that end-users expect. A recent technological breakthrough that holds the potential to meet these demands is that of reconfigurable intelligent surfaces.
A tutorial on the principles and latest approaches of reconfigurable intelligent surfaces for beyond 5G wireless communications will be of great value for both academics and industry practitioners.
Bio: Prof. Alessio Zappone obtained his Ph.D. degree in elec- trical engineering in 2011 from the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Cassino, Italy. His Ph.D. studies were focused on distributed algorithms for energy-efficient resource allocation in wireless networks. After obtaining his Ph.D. Alessio has been with the Technische Universita ̈t Dresden, Germany, managing the project CEMRIN on energy-efficient resource al- location in wireless networks, funded by the German Research Foundation. From 2017 to 2019 he has been the recipient of the H2020 Individual Marie Curie fellowship for experienced researchers BESMART, carried out in the LANEAS group of CentraleSupelec, Paris, France. He is now a tenured professor at the university of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy. He received the Marconi Prize paper award of the IEEE communication society with a paper on resource allocation for RIS-based networks. He was appointed exemplary reviewer for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS and IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS in 2017. Alessio is an IEEE Senior Member, serves as senior area editor for the IEEE SIGNAL PROCESSING LETTERS, and Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and as guest editor for the IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS ON COMMUNICATIONS (Special Issues on Energy-Efficient Techniques for 5G Wireless Communication Systems and on Wireless Networks Empowered by RIS).
Alessio is a co-founder and chair of the special interest group “REFLECTIONS”, activated within the Signal Processing and Computing for Communications Technical Committee of the IEEE Communications Society, which focuses on the use of RIS for signal processing and communications. He is also a co-founder and vice-chair of the IEEE emerging technology initiative (ETI) on RIS, activated by the IEEE communication society.
Marco Di Renzo
Bio: Prof. Marco Di Renzo Marco Di Renzo (Fellow, IEEE) received the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of L’Aquila, Italy, in 2007. Since 2010, he has been with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), where he is a CNRS Research Director (CNRS Professor) in the Laboratory of Signals and Systems (L2S) of Paris-Saclay University – CNRS and CentraleSupelec, Paris, France. He served as an Editor and the Associate Editor-in- Chief of IEEE Communications Letters, and as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications and IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. Also, he serves as the Founding Chair of the Special Interest Group “RISE” on Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces of the Wireless Technical Committee of the IEEE Communications Society, and is the Founding Lead Editor of the IEEE Communications Society Best Readings in Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces. In addition, he is a Co-Founder and the Emerging Technology Committee Liaison Officer of the Special Interest Group “REFLECTIONS” on Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces of the Signal Processing and Computing for Communications Technical Committee of the IEEE Communications Society and a Co-Founder and the Emerging Technology Committee Liaison Officer of the Emerging Technology Initiative on Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces. He is a Highly Cited Researcher (Clarivate Analytics, Web of Science), a World?s Top 2% Scientist from Stan- ford University, a Fellow of IEEE and IET. He has received the IEEE Communications Society Best Young Researcher Award for Europe, Middle East and Africa, the Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, the IEEE Jack Neubauer Memorial Best System Paper Award, the IEEE Communications Society Young Professional in Academia Award, the SEE-IEEE Alain Glavieux Award, and a 2019 IEEE ICC Best Paper Award. In 2019, he was a recipient of a Nokia Foundation Visiting Professorship for conducting research on metamaterial-assisted wireless communications at Aalto University, Finland, and in 2021 the Fulbright Fellowship to work on metamaterial-based wireless CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, USA. He received the 2021 EURASIP Best Paper Award for a paper on Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces and Smart Radio Environments.
Finally, Marco Di Renzo has served as a Guest Editor of several special issues on Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces, which include the first Special Issue on the topic published in November 2020 in the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, as well as a Guest Editor IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Signal Processing, IEEE Access, IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, IET Communications, China Communica- tions, and a Workshop Organizer on Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces at 2020 IEEE GLOBECOM, 2021 IEEE WCNC, and 2021 IEEE ICC. Finally, Marco Di Renzo is the Vice-Chair of the Industry Specification Group on Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces within the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.