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Demonstrations and Experimentation at IEEE DySPAN 2008

IEEE DySPAN 2008 Demonstrations Schedule
Location: Continental Room
Tuesday, 14 October 2008 13:00 - 16:30
Wednesday, 15 October 2008 10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:00
17:00 - 18:00
Thursday, 16 October 2008 10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:00
17:00 - 18:30

A short tour of some of the IEEE DySPAN 2008 demonstrations:

Download the 2008 IEEE demonstrations summary presentation by co-chairs Keith Nolan and Thomas Rondeau. (1.4MB)

Four days of IEEE DySPAN demonstrations in just over two minutes:

IEEE DySPAN 2008 will provide the opportunity to conduct live demonstrations of dynamic spectrum systems and networks. This year's event will build on the huge success of the demonstrations at IEEE DySPAN 2007 by offering an invaluable opportunity to demonstrate, experiment, and interact with other world-leading researchers. This year's demonstrations will feature dynamic spectrum access, cognitive radio, and policy-based systems, prototypes, and critical technology components and algorithms.
In addition to pre-planned demonstrations, unique opportunities exist for experimentation by participants. These opportunities include general measurements of spectral activity during the demonstration and experimentation sessions; the interaction of various, independently-developed systems and networks; and the coexistence of systems using different spectrum adaptation algorithms.

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    Webpage updates:
    1. The demonstrations layout has been published here.
    2. An information pack for demonstrators has been published here.
    3. The demonstrations schedule has been published.
    4. A demonstrations spectrum measurement pack containing over 4000 spectrum measurements and a Matlab script has been added and may be found here
    5. The special temporary authority license for the DySPAN 2008 demonstrations has been issued by the FCC. Information regarding this license is available here.
    6. A synopsis of each demonstration may be found here.
    7.   Learn more about the behind-the-scenes preparatory work for the DySPAN 2008 demonstrations by subscribing to the blog.

    Demonstrations Layout:

    Information for Demonstrators and FAQ:

    1. Where do we ship our equipment to DySPAN?
      Equipment should be shipped directly to the Knickerbocker Hotel. The address and details of the contact person are:

      Jennifer A. Hartnett
      Director of Catering & Conference Planning
      Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
      163 East Walton Place
      Chicago, IL 60611, USA
      Tel: +1 312.867.7513 | Fax: +1 312.751.0370

      When you have shipped your equipment to the hotel, please send an email to Jennifer A. Hartnett (jhartnett [AT] mill-usa DOT com) stating that equipment has been shipped and include both your company/organisation name and your expected arrival date at the hotel.

      For non-US-based demonstrators, we strongly advise that you allow for at least three days for customs clearance and that you avail of a temporary importation merchandise passport for a non-commercial conference. More information is available here
    2. What are the arrangements for shipping equipment when the conference is over?
      You will need to arrange to ship your equipment directly from the Knickerbocker Hotel before 6pm on Friday Oct. 17. It will be your responsibility to ensure that all of your equipment leaves the storage area before that deadline and that you have a contact person in place to liase with your chosen shipping company.
    3. What will the expected demonstration room facilities be?
      The demonstration room is the Continental Room that attaches to the Crystal Ballroom balcony through two doors. This is a large room that has direct freight elevator access for ease of equipment transportation. The demonstrations area will be a central point of the conference, and the balcony, which will host the posters, will provide excellent visibility and access to the conference attendees. The tables used for the demonstrations are 6ft (1.8288m) long trestle tables with covers and side skirts
    4. Do we need to register for the conference?
    5. What power will be available?
      120V, 60Hz AC power will be provided throughout the room. We will be providing a limited number of power strips and extension cables coming from a high-capacity three-phase supply in addition to the room ring supply for smaller loads. It it advisable that demonstrators include powerstrips in their shipment where possible due to the expected high-demand for the supplied powerstrips. These should be clearly labelled as the property of the company or organization. Demonstrators should keep track of any equipment loans or substitutions during the week.
    6. What internet and Ethernet facilities will be available?
      We expect that wireless internet will be available. We will have a number of 10/100/1GB switches, CAT-5E cable and RJ45 connectors for the creation of a room local area network.
    7. What test equipment will be available for the demonstrations?
      Anritsu Company is kindly sponsoring test and analysis equipment for IEEE DySPAN 2008. The current list includes
      • Two MS2781B 100Hz-8GHz Signature analysers
      • Four MS2724B 9kHz-20GHz handheld Spectrum Master analysers
      • One MG3700 250kHz - 3GHz (6 GHz option) vector signal generator
      • Two HP8568B RF signal generators 0.1-990 MHz
      • Two HP8904A multifunction signal syntheziers, DC-600KHz
      We will also have a digital oscilloscope, multimeters, a soldering iron, and various other tools/raw materials for use by the demonstrators. Further information regarding these will be added when available.
    8. Where will our allocated demonstration space be?
      The demonstrations layout has been published here. Each allocated block is a 6ft (1.8288m) long trestle table with a cover and side skirts. Due to space restrictions and to ensure ease of access and movement, extra tables or space that may be required by the demonstrators will have to be negotiated on site. We shall do our best to accommodate extra space requirements or layout changes.
    9. Where will we store our equipment over night and will security be provided?
      Security will be provided. The demonstration room will be secured with a security guard posted throughout the night. It will not be necessary to move demonstrations equipment from the demonstrations area for overnight storage unless you wish to do so. Please contact Tom or Keith for after-hours access if required; no entry will be allowed during the night otherwise.
    10. Will poster stands be available for us?
      Yes. Each demonstration will be allocated one A0 poster display stand
    11. Can I get more than one poster stand?
      Additional poster display stands can only be allocated when all of the other demonstrators have one, if we have surplus boards remaining, and if space allows. Please note that we do not expect to have any spare poster stands at the moment. We recommend that you use one or two A1 posters. You will be able to fit two A1 posters on one A0 poster display stand for the demonstrations.
    12. Where can we set up our demonstration in the demo room?
      Spaces within the Continental Room have been allocated. The demonstrations layout has been published here. The allocation procedure was based on your estimated requirements from the demonstration submission form, to ensure that we have a suitable mix of transmit-only, receive-only, and transceiver-based demonstrations so that all of the demonstrations will be within radio/interference range, to maximise visibility for all demonstrations, and to allow for the free flow of conference participants throughout the demonstrations.
    13. We are planning to hand-carry our booth and gear. Is that a problem?
      Carrying equipment by hand as part of your luggage should be fine. For larger shipments or where the hotel staff may be required to aid you, a charge will be applied by the hotel for receiving and dispatching shipments directly to the hotel or transporting equipment to the demonstrations area.
    14. Who do we contact for issues concerning the demonstrations?
      Keith Nolan and Tom Rondeau are the IEEE DySPAN 2008 demonstration chairs and will be your primary point of contact for all queries relating to the demonstrations. They can be reached at: dyspandemos [AT] ctvr.ie and will be in the Knickerbocker Hotel from Saturday Oct. 11.
      Cell numbers and alternative contact information will be sent to the demonstrations participants by email.

    Demonstrations Proposal Submission and Evaluation Information

    Applicants completed the demonstrations proposal form to provide a description of the proposed demonstration and/or experimentation. The proposals were then evaluated by the DySPAN demonstration committee based on the following criteria:

    • Technical Significance: the extent to which the demonstration illustrates advances in dynamic spectrum access technologies.
    • Demonstration Maturity: the demonstration must be mature enough to leave the lab. Demonstrations involving RF transmissions must include a priori or in situ risk mitigation measures to ensure regulatory compliance and coexistence with other spectrum users.
    • Demonstration Supportability: the demonstration must be performed within the capabilities and resources of the DySPAN symposium. Demonstrations systems should ideally coexist with other potential demonstrations on a coordinated or uncoordinated basis.

    Selected demonstrations will undergo a final review approximately 45 days prior to the symposium to ensure their operational readiness. Demonstrators are also encouraged to submit a two to four page demonstration overview to help explain their demonstration.

    Important Dates

    Submission of completed proposal forms:                     29 February 2008 EXPIRED
    Notification of demonstration proposal acceptance:                                 1 April 2008  
    Submission deadline for demonstration paper:                            1 September 2008    
    DySPAN demonstrations and symposium:                                  14-17 October 2008

    Proposal Submission

    We are no longer accepting demonstrations proposals.


    Accepted Proposals

    All demonstrations applicants have been notified by email regarding the decision of the demonstrations committee. From these applicants, seventeen proposals from fourteen groups representing the US & Canada, Europe, and Asia have been selected. The current list of demonstration groups is:

    Demonstrations requiring the use of licenced frequency spectrum are subject to the conditions of the FCC demonstration licence. Further details regarding the demonstrations will be added in due course.

         Licence Information

    FCC STA licence for IEEE DySPAN 2008 (WD9XIB)
    Frequency (MHz) Emission Designator Authorized Power (ERP) Station Locations Effective Dates
    482-500 6M00D7W
    500mW Chicago, IL
    NL 41-53-59; WL 87-37-24
    Oct. 11 to
    Oct. 18, 2008
    (0300 EST)

    Omnidirectional antennas are to be used. The maximum effective radiated power (ERP) is 500mW; the maximum input power to an antenna with a gain of 3dBd (antenna gain with respect to a reference dipole antenna) should be 250mW therefore. Demonstrators should ensure that no out-of-band transmissions occur when operating near the band edges. This frequency range will be monitored continuously during the conference and if any interference occurs, the demonstration(s) and licensee will be subject to immediate shut down.

    6M00D7W: 6MHz, amplitude and angle-modulated either simultaneously or in a pre-established sequence, two or more channels containing quantized or digital information,all information types.
    25K0F3E: 25kHz, frequency modulation, a single channel containing analog information, telephony (including sound broadcasting).
    12K5F3E: 12.5kHz, frequency modulation, a single channel containing analog information, telephony (including sound broadcasting).
    1K00NON: 1kHz, unmodulated carrier.

         Demonstration Pack

    To help the demonstrators prepare for the demonstrations sessions, spectrum measurements and an example Matlab 3D plotting script have been made available. This information can be used to test systems using real measurement information from the conference venue prior to arriving in Chicago. In addition, this resource has been provided in the hope that if will also be of value to the research community in general.
    The following figure is a plot of spectrum usage in the 400MHz-500MHz frequency range measured inside the Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago (IEEE DySPAN 2008 conference venue) on March 23th and 24th, 2008. The frequency range licenced for demonstrations is highlighted on this figure between 482MHz-500MHz. Right-click and choose Save Target As or Open Link In New Tab or just simply click on this image to view the full-size version.

    A plot of spectrum usage in the 400MHz-500MHz frequency range measured inside the IEEE DySPAN 2008 conference venue on March 25th and 26th, 2008. The frequency range licenced for demonstrations is highlighted on this figure between 482MHz-500MHz

    The demonstration pack requires Matlab to use the 3D plot generation script and measurement trace files.

    • Download the demonstration pack as a .zip archive.
    • Download the demonstration pack as a .tar.gz archive.

    Contact Information

    For queries/information regarding the demonstrations only:
    IEEE DySPAN 2008 Demonstrations Chairs

    Keith E. Nolan Ph.D.   Thomas W. Rondeau Ph.D.

    Keith E. Nolan Ph.D., Thomas W. Rondeau Ph.D.
    Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research
    Room 2.08, Dunlop House
    Fenian Street
    Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2
    Rep. of Ireland
    Email: dyspandemos at ctvr DOT ie
    Telephone: +353 1-8968443
    Fax: +353 1-6772203

    For general queries/further information regarding IEEE DySPAN 2008:
    Diane Williams (d.williams at comsoc DOT org).