Welcome to the Communication Theory Technical Committee

The Communication Theory Technical Committee (CTTC) of the IEEE Communications Society is primarily interested in fundamental problems associated with the transmission of information. Of special interest is the novel use of communication theory and/or information theory to solve problems in areas that include (but are not limited to) source and channel coding, storage, modulation, detection, estimation, synchronization, multiple access, interference mitigation, and networking. Communications through all media such as wireless media, wireline, fiber, infrared, optical, magnetic storage, etc. are of interest. Applications, such as wired/wireless/hybrid networks, multi-antenna communications, short range acoustical links, long-distance space communications, voice, data, image, and multimedia transmission, and storage channels are included.

Next Meeting: The TC meeting at ICC 2023 will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 10am EST/3pm UTC. The zoom meeting link is given below:


The passcode can be found in the official email announcement.

Announcement: Congratulations to the success of 2022 IEEE Communication Theory Workshop (CTW 2022) in Marbella, Spain. The CTW 2023 will be held July 2–5, in Hualien, Taiwan. Registration to the Workshop is now open. Further information can be found at the following link: https://ctw2023.ieee-ctw.org/

Award Announcement: Congratulations to Jia Ye for winning the first Andrea Goldsmith Young Scholars

The CTTC Awards Committee has decided to grant the 2022 Andrea Goldsmith Young Scholars Award award to Jia Ye, due to her thorough and extensive contributions in the multiple areas within communication  theory, such as reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RIS) and non-terrestrial communications. She has exhibited high productivity, created an impressive publication record during her PhD studies, demonstrated innovativeness through patents, and received multiple accolades.

Jia Ye has been pursuing her Ph.D. studies at KAUST, Saudi Arabia, since 2020, under the supervision of Abla Kammoun and Mohamed-Slim Alouini.


Coming up: The IEEE Communication Theory Technical Committee (CTTC) invites you to the “2+1” online event

Title: Joint Communications and Sensing for 6G

Date/Time: May 17, 2023 11.30am – 1pm ET / 15:30 – 17:00 UTC

To attend the event, register by filling out the following form (registration deadline May 15, 11:59pm ET): LINK

Question Collection Link before the seminar

Detailed Agenda (time in ET)

11:30-11:35 Welcome Speech, by Nicolò Michelusi
11:35-11:55 Invited Talk I by Sofie Pollin
12pm-12:20 Invited Talk II by Ahmed Alkhateeb
12:25-1pm Panel Discussions and Questions (Including the ones collected already). Moderator: Nicolò Michelusi

Invited Talk I: Indoor integrated communication and sensing, by Sofie Pollin (KU Leuven, Belgium)

We introduce the topic of integrated communication and radar sensing. Then, we show how an in-band full duplex communication radio can easily be extended with radar signal processing, almost for free. When extending the concept to MIMO, massive MIMO and cell-free networks, a range of opportunities arise for multi-static joint communication and sensing, even in scenarios with multipath and other non-idealities.

Sofie Pollin is Professor at KU Leuven focusing on wireless communication systems. Before that, she worked at imec and UC Berkeley. Her research centers around wireless networks that require networks that are ever more dense, heterogeneous, battery-powered, and spectrum constrained. Her research interests are cell-free networks, integrated communication and sensing, and non-terrestrial networks.


Invited Talk II: From Multimodal Sensing to Digital Twin-Assisted Communications, by Ahmed Alkhateeb (Arizona State University, USA)

Large-scale MIMO is a key enabler for 5G, 6G, and beyond. Scaling up MIMO systems, however, is subject to critical challenges, such as the large channel acquisition/beam training overhead and the sensitivity to blockages. These challenges make it difficult for MIMO systems to support applications with high mobility and strict reliability/latency constraints. In this talk, I will first motivate the use of multi-modal sensing data to address some of these challenges. Then, I will present a vision where multi-modal sensing, real-time ray-tracing, and machine learning can be integrated to construct real-time digital twins of the communication environments and comprehensively assist all the layers of the communication systems. I will discuss some of the open questions to realize this vision, present a research platform for investigating the digital twin problems, and highlight some initial results.

Ahmed Alkhateeb received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, in 2008 and 2012, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, USA, in 2016. After the Ph.D., he spent some time as a Wireless Communications Researcher at the Connectivity Lab, Facebook, before joining Arizona State University (ASU) in Spring 2018, where he is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering. His research interests are in the broad areas of wireless communications, signal processing, machine learning, and applied math. Dr. Alkhateeb is the recipient of the 2012 MCD Fellowship from The University of Texas at Austin, the 2016 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award, and the NSF CAREER Award in 2021.



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