Smart Radio Empowered by Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces

Presenter: Marco Di Renzo

CNRS Research Director (CNRS Professor)

Laboratory of Signals and Systems

CentraleSupelec, Paris-Saclay University

Paris, France                   

Date: October 28, 2020

Time:     11 am Central Time  (5pm Paris Time)

Location:  Zoom (Dial-in information will be provided shortly)

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Austin Chapters of ComSoc, Signal Processing, Consumer Electronics and EMBS and Computer

Galveston Bay ComSoc Chapter


Reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RISs) are an emerging transmission technology for application to wireless communications.

RISs constitute a promising software-defined architecture that can be realized at reduced cost, size, weight, and power (C-SWaP design), and are regarded as an enabling technology for realizing the emerging concept of smart radio environments (SREs).

In this talk, the speaker will

  • introduce the emerging research field of RIS-empowered SREs;
  • overview the most suitable applications of RISs in wireless networks;
  • present an electromagnetic-based communication-theoretic framework for analyzing and optimizing met material-based RISs;
  • provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of research;
  • discuss the most important research issues to tackle.

Owing to the interdisciplinary essence of RIS-empowered SREs, finally, the speaker will put forth the need of reconciling and reuniting C. E. Shannon’s mathematical theory of communication with G. Green’s and J. C. Maxwell’s mathematical theories of electromagnetism for appropriately modeling, analyzing, optimizing, and deploying future wireless networks empowered by RISs.


Marco Di Renzo

Marco Di Renzo received the Laurea (cum laude) and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of L’Aquila, Italy, in 2003 and 2007, respectively, and the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (Doctor of Science) degree from University Paris-Sud, France, in 2013. Since 2010, he has been the Director of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). He is a Nokia Foundation Visiting Professor at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, and an Honorary Professor at University Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia. Details of Di Renzo can be found at


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