Dr. Martin Cooper, known as “the father of the cellphone,” will deliver the plenary session address on Monday, May 23 at the IEEE MTT-S 2016 International Microwave Symposium (IMS), kicking off a week of more than 160 technical sessions focused on the latest RF and microwave innovations driving the wireless future.

Dr. Cooper’s opening keynote, “The Birth and Death of the Cellphone,” will focus on how personal wireless connectivity has the potential to revolutionize heath care and education. Dr. Cooper believes the biggest contribution of wireless will be improving the interaction between humans and machines.

"Dr. Cooper will offer perspective on the evolution of the industry and will spur stimulating discussion around the exciting future of wireless technology," said IMS2016 General Chair Dr. Amarpal Khanna.  "Furthermore, the demand for speed and the increasing enthusiasm for wireless gadgets are driving growth across the entire RF and microwave industry."

Closing IMS2016 on Thursday, May 26 is National Instruments’ President, CEO, and Co-Founder Dr. James Truchard and University of California, Berkeley Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professor Jan M. Rabaey. Truchard will discuss the vital role of a software-based approach to enable the explosion of wireless communications for high data rate voice, data, and video applications, from early prototyping and research all the way to fully deployed systems, in his talk, “Software’s Role in Next-Generation 5G RF and Microwave Systems.” In his keynote, "The Human Intranet- Where Swarms and Humans Meet,” Rabaey will discuss how the Internet of Things and Swarm concepts relate to how humans interact with the world and technology, and how advancements have altered interaction patterns.

“Dr. Truchard and Professor Rabaey provide two unique views from both a software and human-centric perspective when looking at the future of opportunities for RF and microwave engineers,” said Khanna.

IMS2016, the centerpiece of Microwave Week alongside the RFIC Symposiumand the ARFTG Conference,will be held May 22-27, 2016 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

About the Speakers

Dr. Martin Cooper

Dr. Martin Cooper conceived and led the effort to develop a personal portable cellular radio handset, which led to the first truly mobile telephone in 1973. He has contributed to most of the systems advances in personal communications, including formulating the Law of Spectral Efficiency (Cooper's Law), which asserts that the amount of information that can be transmitted in the useful radio spectrum has doubled every 30 months since the wireless telegraph was patented. An IEEE Life Fellow and recipient of the IEEE Centennial Medal, Cooper is widely published on wireless communications, health care, technological innovation, the Internet, and R&D management. He has received numerous awards, including the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, and is a member of the FCC Technology Advisory Council and the Department of Commerce Spectrum Advisory Committee. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees and an honorary doctorate degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Dr. James Truchard

As President, Co-Founder and CEO of National Instruments, Dr. James Truchard led the company from a three-man team to a multinational organization. Elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, Truchard was inducted into Electronic Design's Engineering Hall of Fame and earned the IEEE Fellow distinction. He received his doctorate in electrical engineering, as well as a master's degree and bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Professor Jan M. Rabaey

Jan M. Rabaey holds the Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professorship in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department of the University of California, Berkeley where he also serves as the scientific co-director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) as well as the founding director of the Berkeley Ubiquitous SwarmLab. Rabaey, who has made high-impact contributions to advanced wireless systems, sensor networks, configurable ICs and low-power design, is an IEEE Fellow and a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts of Belgium. He received his Ph.D. in applied sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.


Early Bird registration for IMS2016 is available until April 25 for the discounted rate. Online registration continues in the advance registration phase from April 26 until May 20, followed by onsite registration after that date. For more details on IMS2016 registration visit http://bit.ly/IMS2016Registration.

For more information, visit www.ims2016.org.