Dear Shanghai Haas (& Berkeley) Alumni,

Continuing our professional events theme, we are having another “Dinner Connect” this month in Shanghai. We welcome all Berkeley alumni, no matter in which school you studied (Haas, Engineering, Econ, etc.)

This month we will have Professor Anant Sahai, an EECS professor at Berkeley specializing in wireless communications, to speak to us about a new approach to wireless spectrum regulation that’s gaining momentum worldwide. Abstract:

“Wireless communication is one of the most successful technologies in history, especially cellular telephony. Not only is it a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide, it also has managed to reach and connect people who are so poor that they lack access to fully functioning toilets. Telecom companies routinely find themselves paying billions to secure access to the wireless spectrum they need for competitive survival. The immense demand for cellular service, and especially cellular data service, is forcing government regulators around the world to finally confront the crisis in wireless spectrum. The current approach (worldwide) to spectrum regulation, however, is outdated — the basic philosophy behind it dates from before the digital revolution, before modern integrated circuits, before the Internet, and most importantly, before cellular connectivity had become ubiquitous. Recently, the outlines of what might become the new approach have begun to become clear. I will share the outlines of this new view and speculate a bit on what that might mean.”

Space is very limited (12 max), so reply early. Details are:

Event: Berkeley-Haas Alumni Dinner Connect
Theme: The Slow-Moving Revolution in Wireless Spectrum
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
— 6:30 – 7:00 PM – networking
— 7:00 PM – dinner is served
— 7:00 – 7:10 PM – brief self introductions
— 7:10 – 7:20 PM – Berkeley in China update (what kinds of Berkeley related activities are going on in China, by Ann Hsu)
— 7:30 – 8:15 PM – Prof. Sahai speaks, followed by Q&A
— 8:15 – 8:30 PM – “Berkeley Voices”: 3 alumni can have the floor to speak for 5 minutes each on whatever they like (advertise their company, hiring, etc.); contact Ann prior

Place: TBD and notified to confirmed attendees
Cost: TBD (range 140-180 RMB)
Contact: Ann Hsu ( 13816570600)
RSVP: by May 9th to No shows will still be responsible for the payment (or find someone else to take your place).


About Prof. Anant Sahai:

Anant did his undergraduate work in EECS at UC Berkeley from 1990-1994. From 1994-2000 he was a graduate student at MIT studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Course 6 in MIT-speak) and was based in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems. In 2001 he was on the theoretical/algorithmic side of a team at the startup Enuvis, Inc. developing new adaptive software radio techniques for GPS in very low SNR environments (such as those encountered indoors in urban areas). He joined the Berkeley faculty in 2002. He currently serves also as faculty adviser to UC Berkeley’s chapter of Eta Kappa Nu. He has previously served as the Treasurer for the IEEE Information Theory Society. (’07-’09 inclusive) His research interests span information theory, decentralized control, and wireless communication — with a particular interest at the intersections of these fields. Within wireless communication, he is particularly interested in Spectrum Sharing and Cognitive Radio.

Looking forward to seeing you there! Go bears!

Ann Hsu
on behalf of HAN-Shanghai, with support from HAN-Beijing & Berkeley Clubs of Shanghai & Beijing