NSF Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC):
Broadband Wireless Access & Applications Center (BWAC)
The Broadband Wireless Access & Applications Center ( BWAC ) is a multi- university research center sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under its Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) program. BWAC partner universities (sites) include University of Arizona, Auburn University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and the University of Notre Dame. The primary mission of BWAC is to work with industry and academic partners to pursue large-scale research projects, address challenging spectrum access problems through novel broadband technologies, and create new visions for the wireless industry.
BWAC researchers work closely with industrial partners through its Industrial Affiliates Program for the purpose of furthering research and developing new and innovative wireless technologies and applications. Each university has an in-house department or “center”, dedicated to the further development of wireless applications and technology, with each department serving as a part of the overall center. Virginia Tech is now accepting sponsorships of its center.
Research Thrust Areas of BWAC
The research thrusts of the Center include opportunistic spectrum access and allocation, spectrum trading and auctions, wireless cyber security, cognitive sensor networks of heterogeneous devices, image and video compression technologies, and integrated circuit and low-power design for broadband. Each university site has its own unique set of research thrusts, which leverages its areas of expertise and contributes to the overall mission of BWAC. The Virginia Tech site is currently focusing its research efforts in the following areas:
- spectrum enforcement, security, and privacy in spectrum sharing
- mobility support for opportunistic spectrum access
- co-design and coexistence of heterogeneous wireless systems including coexistence of radar and communication systems
- security issues in cognitive radio networks
- wireless healthcare
- application of cognitive radio technologies in LTE
- prototyping and testing via large-scale cognitive radio testbeds
- Security and privacy in wireless systems and networks
BWAC Virginia Tech Site 2014 Board Meeting Wrap Up! CHECK OUT THE POSTER WINNERS AND PHOTOS!
Additional information on the BWAC mission and structure is available at the BWAC at Arizona website.
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Dr. Jerry Park & Dr. Jeff Reed working with the NTIA and NSF to Organize a Wireless Spectrum R&D Senior Steering Group Workshop
Dr. Jerry Park & Dr. Marwan Krunz receive NSF grant to study the coexistence of heterogeneous secondary networks
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Dr. Jerry Park presents at the FCC Workshop on Spectrum Access System in Washington, DC. on January 14, 2014.
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