An Introduction to Wireless Information and Power Transfer

Professor Rui Zhang
Lecturer's institute: 
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore
11.1.2021 09:00 to 14.1.2021 12:00

More information: Assistant Professor Hirley Alves 


This course gives an introductory overview of the basics as well as state-of-the-art results in the new area of wireless information and power transfer. In particular, it unveils the fundamental differences in wireless information versus power transfer, and focuses on how to achieve their optimal performance/trade-off in a hybrid system. In addition, it presents new signal processing and communication techniques applied to significantly improve the efficiency of wireless power transfer by taking into account its unique characteristics and practical constraints. Promising directions for future research are also discussed.



Objectives: This course aims to provide an intense training to post-graduate/PhD students who already have a firm background in wireless communication and are eager to learn/pursue research in the new frontier of wireless information and power transfer. The students taking this course will learn          

  • Basic system models and main applications of wireless information and power transfer
  • Essential techniques/tools to model, design and optimize such systems
  • Their fundamental performance limits and trade-offs
  • State-of-the-art results and promising directions for future work       



  • Overview of wireless information and power transfer systems (WPT, WPCN, SWIPT) - (1 hr)
  • Communications and signals design for far-field Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) - (2 hrs)  
  • Design and Optimization for Wireless Powered Communication Network (WPCN) - (2 hrs)
  • Simultaneous Wireless Information and Power Transfer (SWIPT): rate-energy trade-off and optimal design - (2 hrs)
  • Other recent topics: near-field WPT, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) meets WPT/WPCN/SWIPT, Intelligent Reflecting Surface (IRS) aided WPT/WPCN/SWIPT - (2 hrs)               

Last updated: 7.1.2021