Wireless AI: A New Sixth Sense to Deciphering our World

Dr.K. J. Ray Liu

Dr.K. J. Ray Liu is a Distinguished University Professor and a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher of the University of Maryland, college park, where he is Christine Kim Eminent Professor of Information Technology. He is the founder of Origin Wireless, Inc., a high-tech start-up pioneering wireless AI for smart life.

Dr. Liu is a recipient of two IEEE Technical Field Awards: the 2021 IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing and the 2016 IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award; IEEE Signal Processing Society 2014 Society Award for “influential technical contributions and profound leadership impact”, IEEE Signal Processing Society 2009 Technical Achievement Award, and more than a dozen best paper awards. Recognized by Web of Science as a Highly Cited Researcher, he is a Fellow of IEEE, AAAS, and US National Academy of Inventors. As the founder of Origin Wireless, his inventions won the 2017 CEATEC Grand Prix Award and CES 2020 Innovation Award, with products available in over 150 countries worldwide.

He also received teaching and research recognitions from the University of Maryland including university-level Invention of the Year Award (three times), and college-level Poole and Kent Senior Faculty Teaching Award, Outstanding Faculty Research Award, and Outstanding Faculty Service Award, all from A. James Clark School of Engineering (each award honors one faculty per year from the entire college).

Dr. Liu is a candidate for IEEE President-Elect. He was IEEE Vice President, Technical Activities, Division IX Director of IEEE Board of Director, President of IEEE Signal Processing Society, where he has served as Vice President – Publications and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine.

Wireless AI:

A New Sixth Sense to Deciphering our World

What smart impact will future 5G and IoT bring to our lives? Many may wonder, and even speculate, but do we really know? With more and more bandwidth readily available for the next generation of wireless applications, many more smart applications/services unimaginable today may be possible. In this talk, we will show that with more bandwidth, one can see many multi-paths, which can serve as hundreds of virtual antennas that can be leveraged as new degrees of freedom for smart life. Together with the fundamental physical principle of time-reversal to focus energy to some specific positions and the use of machine learning, a revolutionary wireless AI platform can be built to enable many cutting-edge IoT applications that have been envisioned for a long time but have never been achieved.

We will show the world’s first-ever centimeter-accuracy wireless indoor positioning systems that can offer indoor GPS-like capability to track humans or any indoor objects without any infrastructure, as long as WiFi/LTE/5G is available. Such a technology forms the core of a wireless AI platform that can be applied to device-free non-obtrusive home/office monitoring/security, radio human biometrics, vital signs detection, sleep monitoring, and fall detection. In essence, in the future of wireless world, communication, as we see it, will be just a small component of what’s possible. There are many more magic-like smart applications that can be made possible by the emerging field of wireless AI, allowing us to decipher our surrounding world with a new “sixth sense”. Some demo videos will be shown to illustrate the future of smart radios for smart life.