Hao Xu, Lijun Qian, Abdullah Eroglu, and Binbin Yang


Most complicated and coordinated manufacturing tasks performed by the next generation of smart factories require huge information exchange between the distributed sensors and machines. This restricts the manufacturing productivity due to the limited communication capability and induces an interplay between the total size of the manufacturing plant and the complexity of industrial communication network. To overcome these challenges, a team of researchers with complementary expertise from three universities develop a novel framework that can address the interplay necessary to facilitate the optimal design of the industrial wireless network. The goal of this research is to develop solid and feasible methods that can break the industrial data exchange bottleneck by adopting emerging Reconfigurable Intelligent Surface (RIS) techniques and further optimize RIS-assisted industrial wireless networks in practice considering hardware constraints.