The founding Director of UCSD's Center for Wireless Communications (CWC), Professor Acampora works on bridging gaps in America's digital infrastructure. His research has spanned most of modern telecommunications major challenges including broadband packet networks, network management and control, quality of service maintenance, multiwavelength optical networks, universal wireless access, packet switching, wireless media access protocols, mobility management, wireless local area networks, smart antennae, and wireless sensor networks. He has detailed how hybrid systems based on radio and free-space optics can economically fix the "last-mile problem." Fiber-optic backbones can move vast data quantities, but most buildings access the Internet via copper wires and coaxial cables, akin to draining a reservoir through straws. Acampora is an expert on IEEE 802.11, having developed strategies to make this so-called "Wi-Fi" standard as reliable as Ethernet for LANs. He can discuss Wi-Fi and IEEE 802.11's evolution beyond the LAN into the public domain. Using unlicensed spectrum, Wi-Fi and 802.11 can provide wireless capacity in dense traffic environments to complement services otherwise handled by cellular base stations using licensed spectrum. A keen industry observer, Acampora can provide perspective on the technological and economic forces shaping telecommunications.
Anthony Acampora is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Emeritus, Recalled to Research, at the University of California, San Diego, and has been involved in teaching and numerous research projects at the leading edge of modern telecommunications. From 1995 through 1999, he was Director of UCSD’s Center for Wireless Communications, responsible for an industrially funded research effort which included circuits, signal processing, smart antennas, basic communication theory, wireless telecommunications networks, infrastructure for wireless communications, and software for mobility. From 2000-2007, he was Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSD, involved in teaching and various research projects, including the Internet, ATM, broadband wireless access, network management and dense wavelength division multiplexing. Prior to joining the faculty at UCSD in 1995, he was Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University and Director of the Center for Telecommunications Research, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center. He joined the faculty at Columbia in 1988 following a 20-year career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, most of which was spent in basic research where his interests included radio and satellite communications, local and metropolitan area networks, packet switching, wireless access systems, and lightwave networks. His most recent position at Bell Labs was Director of the Transmission Technology Laboratory where he was responsible for a wide range of projects, including broadband networks, image communications, and digital signal processing. At Columbia, he was involved in research and education programs concerning broadband networks, wireless access networks, network management, optical networks and multimedia applications. He received his PhD. in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and is Fellow of the IEEE and a former member of the IEEE Communication Society Board of Governors. Professor Acampora has published over 170 papers, holds 40 patents, and has authored a textbook entitled “An Introduction to Broadband Networks: MANs, ATM, B-ISDN, Self Routing Switches, Optical Networks, and Network Control for Voice, Data, Image and HDTV Telecommunications.” He has often served as a member of various telecommunications advisory committees and as a consultant to government and industry.