In a past life I worked with RF engineers in the defense industry that took it as a matter of fact that RF communications would not advance significantly in terms of spectral efficiency, range, or speed. I have always suspected that they were wrong, but their argument was that they were bumping up against the physics and that there was nothing new that could be done. Most of them are retired now, and it looks like the next generation has their own ideas about what can be done. As a systems and software guy, I look forward to working with them and their work. Congratulations!
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.