About the Brice Lecture Series
The Gene Brice Colloquium Series is supported by contributions to the Gene Brice Colloquium Fund. The fund was established in 1991 in memory of William E. (Gene) Brice, B.S.E.E. '37. Mr. Brice grew up in a succession of small east Texas towns. He matriculated to Rice in 1933, where he was elected to Tau Beta Pi and worked as a teaching assistant, graduating in 1937 with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. General Electric and Houston Lighting and Power employed him before he served as a U.S. naval officer in World War II. Gene married Marguerite Ayres Robins and had four children, two of whom are Rice alumni.
In 1948, Gene founded the W.E. Brice Company, a Houston-based company active in manufacturer's representation, fabrication, and distribution of switch-gear, industrial instrumentation, and controls. Today the business continues as Brice Company, under the direction of one of his sons. Gene Brice was a member of the Texas and National Societies of Professional Engineers, and a life member of the Houston Engineering and Scientific Society and IEEE. Brice was born in 1913, and passed away in 1991.
Upcoming Brice Lectures
April 10, 2019
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Title: "What’s beyond 5G?"
Abstract: Wireless technology has enormous potential to change the way we live, work, and play over the next several decades. Future wireless networks will support 100 Gbps communication between people, devices, and the “Internet of Things,” with high reliability and uniform coverage indoors and out. New architectures that incorporate “fog” optimization and edge computing will drastically enhance efficient resource allocation while also reducing latency for real-time control. The shortage of spectrum will be alleviated by advances in massive MIMO and mmW technology, and breakthrough energy-efficiency architectures, algorithms and hardware will allow wireless networks to be powered by tiny batteries, energy-harvesting, or over-the-air power transfer. There are many technical challenges that must be overcome in order to make this vision a reality. This talk will describe what the wireless future might look like along with some of the innovations and breakthroughs required to realize this vision.
About Andrea Goldsmith
Andrea Goldsmith is the Stephen Harris professor in the School of Engineering and a professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She co-founded and served as Chief Technical Officer of Plume WiFi and of Quantenna (QTNA), and she currently serves on the Corporate or Technical Advisory Boards of multiple public and private companies. She has also held industry positions at Maxim Technologies, Memorylink Corporation, and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Dr. Goldsmith is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the IEEE and of Stanford, and has received several awards for her work, including the IEEE Sumner Award, the ACM Athena Lecturer Award, the IEEE Comsoc Edwin H. Armstrong Achievement Award, the National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lecture Award, the Women in Communications Engineering Mentoring Award, and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award. She is author of the book ``Wireless Communications'' and co-author of the books ``MIMO Wireless Communications'' and “Principles of Cognitive Radio,” all published by Cambridge University Press, as well as an inventor on 29 patents. Her research interests are in information theory and communication theory, and their application to wireless communications and related fields. She received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.
Past Brice Lectures
April 10, 2019 - "What's Beyond 5G?"
Andrea Goldsmith, Stephen Harris Professor in School of Engineering, Stanford University
January 16, 2019 - "The Future of Computing: Domain-Specific Accelerators"
William Dally, Senior Vice President of Research, NVIDIA Corporation
May 1, 2018 - "Mentoring Technical Innovation”
James Truchard, Chairman of the Board, National Instruments
April 18, 2017 - "Novel Materials for Next Generation Photonic Devices"
Michal Lipson, Columbia University
March 9, 2016 - "On Computational Thinking, Inferential Thinking, and Data Science"
Michael Jordan, University of California, Berkeley
February 5, 2015 - "The Internet Trajectory and Technology"
Leonard Kleinrock, UCLA
January 23, 2013 - "Optics at the Nanoscale: Shedding new light on cross-cutting science and technologies"
Naomi J. Halas, Rice University
April 19, 2012 - "Challenges in Cyberphysical Systems"
P.R. Kumar, Texas A&M University
April 1, 2011 - "Statistical methods in cancer biology"
Mathukumalli Vidyasagar, The University of Texas at Dallas
April 9, 2009 - "The Communication Cost of Distributed Computing"
Abbas El Gamal, Stanford University
March 12, 2009 - "Forces out of Nothing: Vacuum Fluctuations, Quantum Levitation and the Future of Nanomachines"
Federico Capasso, Harvard University
January 26, 2006 - "Feedback, Erasures, Zero-Errors, and More"
James L. Massey, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
September 19, 2002 - " Signal Representations: From Fourier to Wavelets and Beyond"
Martin Vetterli, Department of Communications, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
February 8, 2001 - "Not-So-Secret Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurship"
Milton Chang, New Focus, Inc. and iNCUBiC LLP
April 29, 1999 - "The automation of computer architecture: Yet another consequence of Moore's Law"
B. Ramakrishna Rau, Hewlett-Packard Labs
March 10, 1998 - "DSPs, Gigachips & Internet Made for Each Other"
Pallab Chatterjee, Texas Instruments, Inc.
September 19, 1996 - "Approaching the Shannon Limit: Theorist's Dream and Practitioner's Challenge"
Andrew Viterbi, QUALCOMM Incorporated
April 12, 1994 - "Professor Katz Goes to Washington"
Randy H. Katz, Computer Science Division, EECS Dept., UC-Berkeley
April 6, 1993 - "The Photonics Revolution in Telecommunications"
Herwig Kogelnik, Director, Photonics Laboratory, AT&T Laboratory