Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Content Description

1 online resource (xiv, 138 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Hany Elgala

Committee Members

Gary J. Saulnier, Dola Saha, Thomas D. C. Little


MIMO systems, Visual communication, Wireless communication systems, Internet of things, Radio frequency modulation, Broadband communication systems

Subject Categories

Computer Engineering | Electrical and Electronics


A key challenge for future wireless networks is to come upon a riveting compromise between spectral efficiency, complexity, and energy efficiency. The challenge is also intensified due to the pace at which the Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology is arriving, causing an upheaval to pre-existing network infrastructures in terms of elevating spectrum scarcity. To keep pace with the exploding data demand forecasts, a circumvention is required. One realization is by utilizing the high-band spectrum and the rich body of knowledge on multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technologies. One of the prominent high frequency technologies is visible light communications (VLC). VLC provide a large unregulated bandwidth and can be considered an energy efficient technology, as the transmitting elements are serving both their illumination and communication functionalities. Yet, adopting MIMO in VLC imposes challenges, as it lacks the rich scattering nature of radio frequency systems.