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San Francisco, CA. IMS 2016 kicked off here this week with a quote, not from James Clerk Maxwell, but, unexpectedly, from Dylan Thomas: “But oh, San Francisco! It is and has everything—you wouldn't think that such a place as San Francisco could exist.” Indeed, as plenary session chair Dr. Jin Bains pointed out, the more than 3,000 expected registered technical attendees must enjoy the charms of the city while avoiding distraction from the main theme of the event: “Gateway to the Wireless Future.” Passing through that gateway will require a...
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