From Experimental Wireless Research for IoT to ChatGPT

Date: 1 Aug, 2023 (Tue.)

Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AM HKT

Language: English


In this talk, I will discuss my belief that academic wireless communications research can benefit greatly from more investigations on the experimental and prototyping sides. I will highlight how healthy synergistic and check-and-balance interactions between theoreticians and experimentalists can lead to more effective scientific pursuits. To illustrate this, I will present several works from my group that exemplify the iterative process of building experimental prototypes to inspire new theories and vice versa. These examples include a project to build an optical ether fabric to circumvent the bottleneck and enhance the coverage of optical wireless networks, a project for vertical integration of wireless networks and robotic mobiles to improve end-to-end performance gain, and a project on parallel networking to ensure reliable communication among IoTs and between IoTs and human operators. Finally, I will conclude my talk by reflecting on the rarity of a 10x gain in communication research today and how ChatGPT is already producing a greater than 10x effect in our FPGA prototyping efforts for wireless IoT. The implications of this for the future of wireless communications research will be discussed.



Prof. Soung Liew

the Department of Information Engineering

The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Professor Soung Liew received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During his time at the MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, he conducted fundamental research on Fiber-Optic Communications Networks from 1984 to 1988. Following that, he joined Bellcore in New Jersey, where he worked on Broadband Network Research from March 1988 to July 1993. Since 1993, Professor Liew has been a Professor in the Department of Information Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), where he has held many leadership positions such as Department Chairman from 2006 to 2009, Associate Dean of Engineering (Research) from 2004 to 2006, and Co-Director of the Institute of Network Coding from 2014 to the present day. In recognition of his commitment to teaching excellence, Professor Liew received the first CUHK Vice Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award in 2000. Professor Liew’s research interests revolve around wireless networks, Internet protocols, and blockchain, with a current focus on the impact of AI in these fields. His group’s original paper on physical-layer network coding was recognized by Google Scholar as one of the ten classic papers in Computer Networks and Wireless Communications in 2017. Professor Liew is a Fellow of IEEE, IET, HKIE, and the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences.


Webinar/Seminar Info

Offline Venue

E1-101, GZ Campus


Online Zoom

Meeting ID: 886 2711 1662

Passcode: iott