Robot-Augmented Sensing and Localization for 6G Networks(March 21, 2023)

Speaker: Prof. David Gesbert, Director EURECOM, France.

Abstract: The use of terrestrial or flying robots carrying radio equipment is the new promising frontier in our quest towards ever more flexible, adaptable wireless networks. Interestingly, robot-augmented networks are not only useful towards connectivity: They provide unique sensing capabilities. The ultimate selling point of in-network robots lies in their ability to self-navigate in 2D or 3D so as to optimize their data collection and consequently their sensing performance. In this talk we review recent progress on robot-augmented wireless sensing and localization based on tools lying at the cross-roads between machine learning, signal processing and optimization. Early-stage practical realizations are demonstrated

Speakers Bio: Prof. David Gesbert (Fellow, IEEE) is serving as Director of EURECOM, Sophia Antipolis, France ( He received the Ph.D. degree from TelecomParis, France, in 1997. From 1997 to 1999, he was with the Information Systems Laboratory, Stanford University. He was a founding engineer of Iospan Wireless Inc., a Stanford spin off pioneering MIMO-OFDM (currently Intel). Before joining EURECOM in 2004, he was with the Department of Informatics, University of Oslo. He has published about 350 articles and 25 patents, 7 of them winning IEEE Best paper awards. He has been the Technical Program Co-Chair for ICC2017 and has been named a Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Researchers in computer science. He is a Board Member for the OpenAirInterface (OAI) Software Alliance. He was a previous awardee of an ERC Advanced Grant in the area of future networks. In 2020, he was also awarded funding by the French Interdisciplinary Institute on Artificial Intelligence for a Chair in the area of AI for the future IoT. In 2021, he received the Grand Prix in Research jointly from IMT and the French Academy of Sciences.