IEEE Radio & Wireless Week

16 - 19 January 2022
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Joint RWW/ARFTG Plenary Session

Wednesday, 20 January 2021 8:00 - 9:45


Laying the Groundwork for 6G Communications

Speaker: Dr. Peter Gammel, CTO, MWI Business Unit, GlobalFoundries


With the deployment of 5G accelerating, it is essential to lay the groundwork for 6G now. In this talk we will explore some of the megatrends driving the need to 6G, as well as some of the unique opportunities that 6G will enable. We will also review the need for coordination between WLAN, 6G and LEO communication to create the seamless, ubiquitous and secure communications network of the future. As the spectrum for 6G data rates is likely to extend beyond 100GHz, we will also review semiconductor device performance for 100GHz-300GHz networks, with a focus on advance SiGe and fully-depleted SOI technologies.


Peter Gammel is vice president and CTO of the Mobile and Wireless Infrastructure BU at GlobalFoundries. He joined the company in 2019. Previously, he was the chief technology officer for Skyworks Solutions, Inc. and also served as chief technology officer and vice president of engineering at SiGe. Prior to this, he was vice president of engineering at Renaissance Wireless and chief technology officer at Advance Nanotech and for Agere Systems’ Analog Products Business. He was also a distinguished member of technical staff at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs.

Gammel received a bachelor of science in physics and mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University.


Quantum Computing with Microwaves

Speaker: Joseph Bardin, University of Amherst


Quantum computing offers the potential for an exponential speed-up of certain classes of computational problems, and, as such, the development of a practical quantum computer has been a field of intense research over the past two decades. Yet, it is still early in the development of these systems, as we have just reached the point at which laboratory experiments have shown that quantum computers can outperform classical computers at certain computational tasks. As such, it is an exciting time in the field, analogous to the early days of classical computer development. As microwave engineers there is a tremendous opportunity to contribute to the field, as the control and measurement of most quantum processors is carried-out using microwave techniques. In this talk, I will describe the use of microwaves in quantum computing, with a focus on the superconducting qubit technology which was used to show that a quantum computer is capable of post-classical computation. The talk will be geared toward microwave engineers with no background in quantum computing and will provide a glimpse into the fundamentals, contemporary system architectures, recent experiments, and, finally, major microwave challenges that must be overcome if fault tolerant quantum computing is to become a reality. 


Joseph Bardin received the PhD degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2009. In 2010, he joined the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Amherst, where he is currently a Full Professor. His research group currently focuses on low temperature integrated circuits with applications in radio astronomy and the quantum information sciences. In 2017, he joined the Google Quantum AI team as a visiting faculty researcher and, in addition to his university appointment, he currently serves as a staff research scientist with this team. Professor Bardin was a recipient of a 2011 DARPA Young Faculty Award, a 2014 NSF CAREER Award, a 2015 Office of Naval Research YIP Award, a 2016 UMass Amherst College of Engineering Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, a 2016 UMass Amherst Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity, and a 2020 IEEE MTT-S Outstanding Young Engineer Award.