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Projects Synopsis, Publications and Summary


As part of BWAC's activities, our faculty, with the sponsorship of our affiliates, engage in multiple educational and outreach activities throughout the year. Below is a brief overview of our faculty and affiliates, and their contributions to the BWAC community.


Dr. Jerry Park, Site Director

Dr. Carl Dietrich

Dr. Michael Buehrer, Director of Wireless @ Virginia Tech

Dr. Luiz DaSilva

Dr. Harpreet Dhillon

Dr. Walid Saad

Dr. Vuk Marojevic

Dr. Jeff Reed

Dr. Allen MacKenzie


Office of the Secretary of Defense


L3 Communications

Educational Outreach/Academic Partners/Collaborations

BWAC contributing faculty Dr. Carl Dietrich in collaboration and partnership with Weber State University, Gonzaga University, Liberty University, Naval Postgraduate School and North Carolina A&T, has received a National Science Foundation grant to develop new educational materials geared towards reinforcing STEM learning. The new initiative is called Wireless Communications Testbeds for Authentic STEM Learning and is geared towards undergraduates. The teaching materials and tutorials developed for this initiative are available for colleges and universities nationwide. More information can be found on their new website, In addition, there is a proposal pending similar in scope that is being developed for a target audience of graduate level students and professionals called Hands-on Learning for Novel Solutions to Radio Spectrum Problems.

Dr. Dietrich, in cooperation with our affiliates, and with Wireless @ Virginia Tech, is also organizing a new student-only "Spectrum Sharing Radio Contest (Spectrum-ShaRC)" for the 2015 - 2016 academic year. This contest is being sponsored in part by Mitre Corporation, our affiliates, and the Virginia Tech Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  The contest will use the cognitive radio test system (CRTS), a framework developed for cognitive radio experimentation and performance measurement, and Virginia Tech’s Internet-accessible CORNET cognitive radio testbed to measure performance of student-designed cognitive / dynamic spectrum access radios in challenging operational environments.  Teams will be given reference waveforms, implemented in SDR software such as liquid-dsp and / or GNU Radio, that are ready to run and interface to CRTS.  By providing this ready-to run reference waveform software, we will substantially lower the barrier to entry.  The waveforms can be modified in any way desired by the participating teams to improve the waveforms’ performance.  Teams will also have access to CORNET and CRTS throughout the academic year to enable them to test their waveforms at every step.  The final round of the competition will be held at the 2016 Wireless Symposium and Summer School in May of 206.

Industry Outreach

The annual Wireless Symposium & Summer School is held every year the last week of May. This past year, BWAC faculty participated in panel sessions, tutorials, and hosted the affiliates' board meeting. Tutorials presented by BWAC faculty included REDHAWK, wireless network security, game theory, practical approaches for small antennas, and the economic impact and opportunities in emerging wireless technologies. During this past year's symposium, BWAC faculty and staff also organized and hosted a Vintage Equipment Exhibition that was sponsored in part by our Industry Affiliates that was held in Newman Library at Virginia Tech. This exhibit featured hands-on tutorials in Morse Code, ham radios, and charted the development of wireless technology throughout the last 100 years. This exhibit was organized with the help of the local Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association as well as the New River Amateur Radio Club and several retired Virginia Tech professors. The exhibit was open to the general public as well as students and symposium attendees at no charge.

In addition BWAC faculty members and doctoral students have participated in a new weekly seminar series that presents research currently being conducted in their respective fields. The seminars are posted on a new YouTube channel which is open to the general public, as well as on the Wireless @ Virginia Tech website and Google+.

List of Publications by BWAC Faculty & Students

V. Kumar, H. Li, J. Park, K. Bian, and Y. Yang, “Group signatures with probabilistic revocation: A computationally-scalable approach for providing privacy-preserving authentication,” 2015 ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), Denver, USA, Oct. 2015.

S. Bhattarai, A. Ullah, J. Park, J. Reed, D. Gurney, and B. Gao, “Defining incumbent protection zones on the fly: Dynamic boundaries for spectrum sharing,” 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN), Sweden, Sep.­–Oct. 2015

K. Bian, J. Park, L. Chen, and X. Li, “Addressing the hidden terminal problem for heterogeneous coexistence between TDM and CSMA networks in white space,” IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 63, No. 9, Nov. 2014, pp. 4450–4463.

B. Bahrak and J. Park, “Coexistence decision making for spectrum sharing among heterogeneous wireless systems,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 13, Issue 3, 2014, pp. 1298–1307.

J. Park, J. Reed, A. A. L. Beex, T. C. Clancy, V. Kumar, and B. Bahrak, “Security and enforcement in spectrum sharing (invited paper),” Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 102, Issue 3, 2014, pp. 270–281.

A. Ullah, S. Bhattarai, J. Park, J. Reed, D. Gurney, and B. Bahrak, “Multi-tier exclusion zones for dynamic spectrum sharing,” 2015 IEEE Int’l Conference on Communications (ICC), London, UK, June 2015.

S. Kim, J. Park, and K. Bian, “PSUN: An OFDM Scheme for Coexistence with Pulsed Radar,” 2015 Int’l Conference on Computing, Networking, and Communications (ICNC), California, USA, Feb. 2015, 5 pp.

J. S. Hiller and J. Park, “Spectrum sharing and privacy: A research agenda,” 42nd Research Conference on Communication, Information, and Internet Policy (TPRC), Arlington, VA, Sep. 2014, 12 pp.

V. Kumar, J. Park, and K. Bian, “Blind transmitter authentication for spectrum security and enforcement,” 2014 ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), Arizona, USA, Nov. 2014, 12 pp. 

B. Gao, J. Park, and Y. Yang, “Supporting mobile users in database-driven opportunistic spectrum access,” 2014 ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc), Aug. 2014, pp. 215–224.   

L. Chen, K. Bian, L. Chen, C. Liu, J. Park, and X. Li, “A group-theoretic framework for rendezvous in heterogeneous cognitive radio networks,” 2014 ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc), Aug. 2014, pp. 165–174. 

Max Robert, Yu Sun, Thomas Goodwin, Hamilton Turner, Jeff Reed, Jules White, “Software Frameworks for SDR," Proceeding of the IEEE, Special Issue on Reconfigurable Systems, March 2015.

M. Sohul, M. Yao, T. Yang, J. H. Reed, “Spectrum Access System for the Citizen Broadband Radio Service,” IEEE Communication Magazine, 2015, to appear.

X. Ma, T. Czauski, T. Yang, and J. H. Reed, “Demonstration Paper: Wirelessly Sensing Medication Administration: Cyber-Physical Event Detection and Notification Utilizing Multi-Element Chipless RFID”, Proceedings of the Wireless Health, pp. 1-8, 2014.

M. M. Sohul, X. Ma, T. Yang, J. H. Reed, “Quality of Service Assurance for Shared Spectrum Systems”, IEEE Military Communications Conference, pp. 1471-1476, 2014.

M. Lichtman, T. Czauski, S. Ha, P. David, J. H. Reed, “Detection and Mitigation of Uplink Control Channel Jamming in LTE,” IEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM), Oct. 2014.

J. Kakar, K. McDermott, V. Garg, M. Lichtman, V. Marojevic, J. H. Reed, “Analysis and Mitigation of Interference to the LTE Physical Control Format Indicator Channel,” IEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM), Oct. 2014.

M. Lichtman, J. Peck, V. Arellano, J. H. Reed, T. C. Clancy, “An Electronic Warfare Perspective of LTE” IEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM) ITAR/FOUO Program, Oct. 2014.

M. Lichtman, J. H. Reed, “Analysis of Reactive Jamming against Satellite Communications,” International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking, May 2015.

M. Lichtman, J. Poston, S. Amuru, C. Shahriar, T. C. Clancy, R. M. Buehrer, J. H. Reed, “A Communications Jamming Taxonomy,” IEEE Security & Privacy, to appear.;

Additional publications by Dr. Jerry Park is available on his ARIAS Lab website.

Additonal publications by other BWAC associated faculty members are available here.