VP Wireless Technologies
Communications Research Centre Canada
Mr. Stéphane Gagnon is Vice-President of the CRC’s Wireless Technologies branch, responsible for network technologies, propagation and antennas, and information processing research.
With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Gagnon has a strong background in leading research and development teams, pioneering innovations in wireless telecommunications. Former roles include Chief Operating Officer for POET Technologies and senior positions with Integrated Device Technology, Motorola, and Nortel. He was also chairman of the non-profit RapidIO Trade Association Steering Committee and has collaborated with NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense and many industry players.
Mr. Gagnon holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from Laval University.
Engineering Wireless 5G Propagation Environments using Printed Electronics Engineering Surfaces
The term ‘5G’ (‘fifth generation’) refers broadly to the next major step in the development of mobile broadband technology after existing 4G systems. The vision for 5G is to deliver a massive improvement in wireless capacity and services that support a seamless and ubiquitous user experience, one that is transparent to location, application, or mode of transport. Broadly, 5G is anticipated to provide unprecedented levels of mobile service that will shape not only recreation and business, but society as a whole.
In our research, Engineered Surfaces (ES) are defined as 2D or 3D surface that can be used to modify the electromagnetic characteristics of an environment. The emergence of printed electronics (PE) in the past decade has led to a paradigm shift in fabrication methods that can overcome the technical barriers of the deployment of ES at strategic locations within buildings and urban infrastructures. Up to now, indoor and outdoor environments have been treated as unchangeable and fixed entities. New possibilities arise by treating the propagation environment as a malleable entity that actively participates into the process of communication. As part of CRC’s Grand Challenges, work on ES is directed towards a key objective of enhancing the radio environment.
For instance, the inner and/or outer walls of a building can be configured as a frequency selective surface by using appropriate ES to control the coverage and interference. Or, ES can be used for the control of signal coverage in response to challenging propagation conditions in a new urban development or special event. This talk will showcase the work and demonstrations that CRC has performed using ES and discuss future business potential for such products.
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