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                                        Tuesday 14 October 2008


T1:    Morning Session    08:30  -  12:00     Room:  Tower East


Title:  Experimentation I: Conducting Successful Wireless Experiments and A Survey of Available Platforms
Presenters: David Taubenheim,  Motorola Labs; Jeffrey Reed, Virginia Tech and Richard Rachwalski, Motorola

Abstract.  With the increasing variety and capabilities of radio platforms including programmable systems, there are increasing opportunities to conduct wireless experiments to explore theoretical concepts in the academic community and to rapidly prototype industry products.  This tutorial provides an in-depth overview of these available radio and programmable platforms and outlines the key elements for conducting successful experimental wireless projects.  To supplement the overview material and practical advice gained through years of experimentation, this tutorial will also feature a review of example projects and available platforms.  Two leading practitioners from industry will lead this tutorial.  An afternoon tutorial complements this morning tutorial by providing direct hands-on experience with a programmable platform, the GNU/USPR, for experimentation.

David Taubenheim (BSEE 1996, MSEE 2000) has been with Motorola for twelve years and works in the company's Applied Technology Department in Plantation, Florida.  Previously a researcher of ad-hoc wireless networks and cognitive radio systems at Motorola Labs, Mr. Taubenheim currently focuses on the design and implementation of signal processing algorithms for cognitive radio products.  Mr. Taubenheim has been issued 10 patents to date, and also teaches FPGA-based digital signal processing design for Xilinx, Inc. 

Jeffrey Reed is the Willis G. Worcester professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the director of Wireless at Virginia Tech.  Dr. Reed received his BSEE in 1979, MSEE in 1980, and Ph.D. in 1987, all from the University of California, Davis. His areas of expertise are in software radios, cognitive radio, smart antennas, and ultra wideband.  Dr. Reed has authored, co-authored, or co-edited 20 books, most recently "Software Radio: A Modern Approach to Radio Engineering" and "An Introduction to Ultra Wideband Communication Systems".  Dr. Reed is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Richard Rachwalski (BSEE '85, MSEE '87) is an RF systems engineer with Motorola Corporation in Schaumburg, IL.  Since joining Motorola in 1990, he has worked in a variety of wireless technology areas, including antenna design, cellular handset and wireless LAN product development, RF identification system design, millimeter-wave communications, and RF propagation research.  He holds 11 issued patents and is currently involved with the design of RF platforms for cognitive radio application development


T2:   Morning Session    08:30  - 12:00       Room:  Tower West


Title:   Networking Cognitive Radios for Dynamic Spectrum Access
Presenters:    Qing Zhao, UC Davis and Ananthram Swami, ARL

Abstract.  The tutorial will elucidate key issues and challenges, and the state-of-the-art theories and techniques for cognitive radio networks. This tutorial will also cover a number of newly obtained results on the design of opportunistic spectrum access networks within a decision theoretic framework.   This tutorial will provide attendees with a critical understanding of the current research and provide linkages between signal processing and networking aspects of DSA.   The tutorial will cover cognitive radio for DSA with both breadth and depth. The tutorial will discuss PHY, MAC, and Networking Layer issues, in the context of Cognitive Networks.

Qing Zhao received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2001 from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. In August 2004, she joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Davis where she is currently an associate professor. Prior to that, she was a communications system engineer with Aware, Inc., Bedford, MA.  Qing Zhao is an Associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, and an elected member of IEEE Signal Processing Society SP-COM Technical Committee.  She is the Principal Investigator for several NSF and DoD projects on cognitive radio networks. She received the 2000 Young Author Best Paper Award from IEEE Signal Processing Society and the 2008 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from the UC Davis College of Engineering.

Ananthram Swami received the B.Tech. degree from IIT, Bombay; the M.S. degree from Rice University, Houston; and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California (USC), all in Electrical Engineering.   He has held positions with Unocal Corporation, USC, CS-3 and Malgudi Systems.   He was a Statistical Consultant to the California Lottery, developed a Matlab-based toolbox for non-Gaussian signal processing, and has held visiting faculty positions at INP, Toulouse.   He is currently with the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) where his work is in the broad area of signal processing, wireless communications and networking, including both sensor networks and MANETs. Swami is an ARL Fellow and a Fellow of the IEEE.   He has served as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, IEEE Transactions on Circuits & Systems-II, and IEEE Signal Processing Magazine.


T3:   Afternoon Session   13:00  -  16:30   Room:  Tower East


Title:   Experimentation II: Working with Programmable Platforms Including the GNU/USRP
Presenter: Johnathan Corgan, Corgan Enterprises, LLC
Abstract.  This hands-on tutorial provides an opportunity for attendees to learn the key elements for conducting wireless experiments using a programmable platform, specifically the GNU/USRP.  Although using the GNU/USRP, this tutorial will show attendees the possibilities in exploiting capabilities of programmable platforms that are applicable to many different systems.  Taught by a leading developer of wireless applications, this tutorial will discuss real-world case studies and guide participants through the steps of developing wireless applications leading to end-of-the-day demonstrations.  This tutorial does not require previous experience with the GNU/USRP, but general principles of programming and waveform development is expected.

A morning tutorial complements this afternoon tutorial by providing an overview of all of the elements necessary for conducting successful wireless experiments and a survey of the many available radio and programmable platforms in addition to the GNU/USRP.

Johnathan Corgan is an open source developer and one of the principal authors of the GNU Software Radio toolkit.  He has 18 years experience in the fields of computer networking, security, software development, and embedded systems. Prior to founding Corgan Enterprises LLC, Johnathan held a variety of product management and technical positions at several Fortune 500 companies, including six years with Intel Corporation in its communications and networking division.


T4:  Afternoon Session  13:00  -  16:30     Room:  Tower West      


Title:   Policy & Technology Intersections: Recent Developments in Flexible and Dynamic Spectrum Use
Presenters: Simon Pike, Vodafone;  Reza Karimi, OFCOM; Jean-Philippe Kermoal, European Radiocommunications Office and Andy Gowans, OFCOM 

Abstract.  This tutorial will present recent policy developments concerning the flexible and dynamic use of the electromagnetic spectrum with a special focus on the European regulatory and technical framework.  The tutorial will present several case studies illustrating important recent developments, from the policy, technical, and economic perspectives.  One important example is the Wireless Access Policy for Electronic Communications Services (WAPECS) which aims to develop a method to make frequency bands, such as 2.6 GHz and 3.4 GHz, available for fixed, mobile, and broadcasting services.  Another important example was the implementation of Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) in frequency bands near 5 GHz that enables sharing between wireless access networks and radiolocation systems.  There have also been significant advances in unlicensed applications (called licence-exempt in Europe), and in particular techniques for dynamic spectrum sharing with primary services.

Simon Pike has worked for Vodafone for eight years as Chief Engineer Regulatory and Spectrum, where he leads Vodafone's representation in international meetings on spectrum in Europe and at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).  Prior to this, Mr. Pike worked for Lucent Technologies and Motorola, representing these companies in standards meetings.  He chaired two standards committees within the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and chaired a group at the ITU 2003 World Radiocommunication Conference that was responsible for two of the agenda items.  Mr. Pike gained a BA(hons) degree in physics in 1981 from the University of Oxford, and is a Chartered Engineer and member of the IET and IEEE.

Reza Karimi is Technical Policy Project Director at the UK communication regulator, Ofcom, with responsibility for a range of spectrum management initiatives. Previously, Reza was with Bell Laboratories at Lucent Technologies for eight years, where he researched in the field of advanced space-time coding, modulation and signal processing, medium access control, and radio resource management for cellular and WLAN systems. Prior to that, he was with the Research Group at Motorola GSM Products Division, active in the field of software-definable radios, wideband digital radio transceivers, and advanced detection algorithms for GSM and 3G cellular systems.  Reza received a first class honours degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Surrey, UK. He also holds a MSc/DIC degree in Digital Communications, and a PhD in Adaptive Array Signal Processing, both from Imperial College, University of London, UK. Reza is the author of over fifty publications in international conferences and peer-reviewed journals, and is co-inventor in over thirty patents.

Jean-Philippe Kermoal managed the SEAMCAT project at ERO. He received his PhD from Aalborg University in 2002. During his PhD work, he was involved in the EU project METRA. In 2002, he joined Nokia Research Centre in Finland. He has been involved in 3GPP standardisation work and he has worked on spectrum related topics for 4G. He was involved in the EU project WINNER II where he was leading the "technologies for spectrum usage" team. In August 2007, he joined the European Radiocommunications Office as spectrum engineer.

Andy Gowans is head of the Exempt Technology Team in the Spectrum Policy Group of the UK regulator, OFCOM. This team represents Ofcom in international fora addressing spectrum allocation issues for UWB, ITS, short range devices, WLAN and BFWA in the 5.8GHz band.  Andy has also contributed to recent developments in WAPECS and Flexible bands within the ECC.   Andy joined the Radiocommunications Agency (predecessor body to OFCOM) in September 1995 and worked as Senior Engineer, providing engineering advice, strategic direction and radio planning on Maritime/Aeronautical, Fixed Terrestrial/Satellite Links and Private Business Systems. He represents the UK at CEPT, ETSI, EU, IEEE and ITU meetings, and represented the UK at the 2003 World Radio Conference on the successful allocation of 455MHz of Spectrum world-wide in the 5GHz band for wireless access systems (including RLANs). Previously, he joined the Ministry of Defence in 1986, where he worked on many communications and radar projects. During this period he gained a Higher National Diploma and became a Project Manager/Design Engineer on projects for the Trident submarine and European Fighter Aircraft.