Welcome to Emerging Technology Initiative on Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces (ETI-RIS)

The aim of this Emerging Technology Initiative (ETI) is to inspire and nurture research initiatives on the novel concept of Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces (RISs). RISs are nearly passive surfaces of electromagnetic material that are electronically controlled with integrated electronics and equipped with unique wireless communication capabilities to enhance the classical communication channels within the novel concept of Smart Radio Environments. Such concept has been recently proposed for a variety of applications, ranging from secure communications, non-orthogonal multiple access, millimeter-wave and terahertz communications, vehicular/aerial communications, and over-the-air-computation to improving the energy efficiency and capacity of wireless networks.

This ETI will explore and support a wide variety of research directions and standardization opportunities that rely on RIS as groundbreaking technology that will have the potential of fundamentally changing how generic wireless networks are designed and optimized today and is expected to have a big impact on the future (6G and beyond) communication solutions’ design and implementation. Finally, the ETI will unify ongoing research efforts by providing the necessary platform for amalgamating current research activities in wireless communications, signal processing, computer science, electromagnetics, metamaterials, antennas and propagation.

Last Update: February 2022.