The Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus cordially invites you to the Colloquium entitled:

On the Roots of Wireless Communications


Speaker: Prof. Andreas Antoniou
Affiliation: University of Victoria, Canada
Category: Colloquium
Location: Room 148, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences (FST-01), 1 University Avenue, 2109 Nicosia, Cyprus (directions)
Date: Friday, May 11, 2012
Time: 15.00-16:00 EET
Host: Costas Pattichis (pattichi AT

Soon after the discovery and characterization of electromagnetic fields by Faraday and Thomson, the prediction by Maxwell that changing electrical fields will produce electromagnetic waves and, the experimental verification of their existence by Hertz, four enterprising innovators, namely, Tesla, Marconi, Fessenden, and De Forrest, and many others, designed the first generation of wireless communication systems. This presentation deals with some of the highlights of the key discoveries and inventions as well as the key players involved with the emergence of wireless communications.

Short Bio:
Andreas Antoniou received the B.Sc.(Eng.) and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of London in 1963 and 1966, respectively, and is a Fellow of the IET and IEEE. He taught at Concordia University from 1970 to 1983, was the founding Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Victoria, B.C., Canada, from 1983 to 1990, and is now Professor Emeritus. His teaching and research interests are in the area of digital signal processing. He is the author of Digital Signal Processing: Signals, Systems, and Filters, McGraw-Hill, 2005, and the co-author with Wu-Sheng Lu of Practical Optimization: Algorithms and Engineering Applications, Springer, 2007. Dr. Antoniou served as Associate/Chief Editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems (CAS) from 1983 to 1987, as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing and the Circuits and Systems Societies during 2003-2004 and 2006-2007, respectively, and as General Chair of the 2004 International Symposium on Circuits and Systems. He was awarded the CAS Golden Jubilee Medal by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, the B.C. Science Council Chairman’s Award for Career Achievement for 2000, the Doctor Honoris Causa degree by the National Technical University, Athens, Greece, in 2002, the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Technical Achievement Award for 2005, the 2008 IEEE Canada Outstanding Engineering Educator Silver Medal, the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Education Award for 2009, the 2011 Craigdarroch Gold Medal for Career Achievement and the 2011 Legacy Award for Research both from the University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada. <br/><br/> The slides of the presentation are available at: <a target=_blank href=""></a>.

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