Advances in telecommunications and the issue of whether they are moving fast enough to service the emerging wireless Internet will be addressed by Professor Lajos Hanzo tonight in a lecture to The Royal Academy of Engineering. Professor Hanzo, Chair of Telecommunications at the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) will deliver Genetics and Evolution in Wireless Multimedia Communications: A one-to-one with anyone – or the dawn of the “world wide wait”? this evening, Tuesday 1 May.

In his lecture, the fifth in a series in Mobile Telecommunications and Networks, supported by VODAFONE, Professor Hanzo, who has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading authorities on adaptive wireless communication systems, will begin with a light-hearted historical perspective on the generations of wireless systems and contrast some of them with the practical constraints imposed on state-of-the-art multimedia communicators.

He will go on to examine the research challenges which will need to be met if the wireless Internet is to become a reality.

He will claim that, in the face of adverse wireless channel conditions, it is unrealistic to expect that any fixed-mode wireless system remains capable of maintaining a constant quality-of-service. This motivates the design of cutting-edge near-instantaneously adaptive wireless transceivers which offer capabilities beyond those of currently operational systems. For example, ‘roaming’ base stations in trains or buses would not only provide better service to users on public transport, but would also provide radio coverage to surrounding cars and pedestrians, in a traffic jam, for example.

‘These advances can be further augmented by quantifying the benefits of sophisticated adaptive antenna arrays, before demonstrating their system-level benefits – for example, their ability to circumvent the threat of the “world-wide wait” in the emerging wireless Internet …,’ he will say.

Notes for editors

  1. Professor Lajos Hanzo, FREng, received his degree in electronics in 1976 and his doctorate in 1983. During his 30-year career in telecommunications, he has held various research and academic posts in Hungary, Germany and the UK. Since 1986, he has been with ECS, where he holds the chair in telecommunications. He is an enthusiastic supporter of industrial and academic liaison and in his capacity as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of both the Communications Society and the Vehicular Technology Society (VTS), he lectures globally both for industry and academia. Since 2005, he has been a Governor of the IEEE VTS. Further information about the work of the ECS Communications group is at:
  2. The lecture is part of the Royal Academy of Engineering Lecture Series in Mobile Telecommunications and Networks, sponsored by Vodafone, and takes place at 4.30 pm at the Royal Academy of Engineering, 29 Great Peter Street, London SW1P 3LW.
  3. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Professor Lajos Hanzo, ECS tel. 023 8059 3125

Joyce Lewis, Communications Manager, School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton tel. 023 8059 5453

Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering