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*IEEE DySPAN'17 Workshops*
6 March 2017
Baltimore, MD, USA

*Battle of the ModRecs*

*March 6th, 2017, 8am-12pm (Noon)*

“Battle of the ModRecs” is a live competition-like event. A single open-air
transmit system based on, but not identical to, the Entrance Hurdles for
the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge ( will be set up to
generate and cycle through various modulations. Each participant will set
up their system to receive the signals over the air and perform their
modulation recognition (“ModRec”) algorithms. The Battle of the ModRecs
seeks to explore the field of modulation recognition to better understand
how to approach these problems and, most importantly, to compare results.

The Battle is separated into a workshop and a live over-the-air event. The
workshop will take place during the DySPAN workshop day of March 6. The
Battle will take place between March 7 and 8 during the technical
conference. During conference hours, the transmitter will operate on a
pre-set frequency and bandwidth which will be dictated by an experimental
FCC license. The competition signal generator will transmit certain types
of modulated signals among a frequency-time grid with defined channel
bandwidths and time slot durations. Battle participants will capture the
signals and identify the modulation for as many signals as possible in the
established grid.

*Important dates:*
Paper submission deadline (via EDAS): January 13, 2017
Notification of acceptance: February 8, 2017
Camera-ready deadline: February 15, 2017
Workshop: March 6, 2017
Battle: March 7 – 8, 2017

*Workshop organizers:*
Thomas Rondeau, DARPA
Paul Tilghman, DARPA

*Workshop website: *

*Virtualized Wireless: Business Models, Institutional Structures, and
Technical Implementation for Dynamic Spectrum Access*
*March 6th, 2017, 8:00am-12:00pm (Noon)*

This workshop will focus on virtual wireless networks that offer the
ability to combine spectrum and infrastructure deployed by multiple
entities to meet a set of service goals. These entities may include
traditional mobile operators using 2G/3G/4G technology, local operators of
WiFi networks, and universities, businesses, and households that support
wireless connectivity through small cell deployment. However, such networks
must also incorporate 5G technologies and utilize millimeter-wave spectrum
as soon as the supporting infrastructure becomes available. Such virtual
networks will potentially utilize licensed spectrum in the cellular bands;
unlicensed spectrum in the Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) bands;
newly available spectrum in millimeter wave bands; and spectrum available
on an opportunistic, non-interfering basis in frequency bands currently
being considered for shared use, such as TV and radar bands.

The workshop will bridge policy, economic, and technical discussion of
these topics by inviting papers and discussion regarding: the business
models enabled by virtualized wireless networks, the institutional
structures required to support such networks, and the technical challenges
that must be overcome to deploy and operate such heterogeneous networks.
Virtualized wireless networks present opportunities for incumbents such as
traditional mobile operators to create new revenue streams by participating
in heterogeneous virtualized networks and opportunities for new types of
businesses such as intermediaries that assemble networks from disparate
resources to create networks that meet the coverage and capacity goals of
particular service providers. Issues of institutional structure include
challenging enforcement issues associated with dynamic spectrum access as
well as a need for appropriate mechanisms to establish and maintain trust
between entities participating in a virtualized wireless networks. Finally,
technical issues also abound and include issues such as integration of SDR
and SDN technologies, resource allocation challenges, and exploiting new
physical-layer technologies.

*Important dates:*
Paper submission deadline (via EDAS): January 13, 2017
Notification of acceptance: February 8, 2017
Camera-ready deadline: February 15, 2017
Workshop: March 6, 2017

*Workshop organizers:*
Allen B. MacKenzie, Virginia Tech
Luiz A. DaSilva, Trinity College Dublin
Martin Weiss, University of Pittsburg

*Workshop website: *

*The Blockchain Bandwagon - The Spectrum Perspective*

*March 6th, 2017, 8:00am-5:30pm*

Blockchain can be considered as much an ideology as it is a technology. The
venture capitalist and software developer Marc Andreesen considers
blockchain to be as important and revolutionary as the Internet. It is
therefore reasonable to expect that aspects of this technology and the
ideology have the potential to underpin concepts, frameworks, regulations,
and economics in the world of dynamic spectrum access.

This workshop will focus on the role of the blockchain in the spectrum
world. We see this workshop as a mixture of tutorial, workshop and
brainstorm for future DySPAN conferences – hence it can in principle be
consider as a dual function submission.

*Important dates:*
Paper submission deadline (via EDAS): January 13, 2017
Notification of acceptance: February 8, 2017
Camera-ready deadline: February 15, 2017
Workshop: March 6, 2017

*Workshop organizers:*
Linda Doyle, Trinity College Dublin
Martin Weiss, University of Pittsburg

*Workshop website: *

*DSA and Affordable Broadband in Underserved Areas & 5G*

*March 6th, 2017, 1:30pm-5:30pm*

The new 5th generation of mobile standard is being criticised for being an
urban standard and lacking features such as affordable broadband to support
the broadband connectivity of underserved rural communities. As broadband
connectivity is now closely linked to GDP growth, there is a compelling
societal argument towards testing new innovative and disruptive network
technologies to provide broadband internet connectivity of urban and rural
communities in emerging markets. Dynamic spectrum access (DSA) networks are
one such network technologies that are being tested and expected to extend
the reach of broadband and 5G standards for rural broadband connectivity.
One such successful example is the Cape Town TVWS broadband network
test-bed, where 10 underserved schools are connected to broadband internet
using spectrum sharing TVWS. The workshop forum will provide a platform to
such demonstrations and presentation of quality papers to discuss such
emerging technologies such as Spectrum sharing techniques (Licensed shared
access (LSA), Cooperative Spectrum Access (CSA), Opportunistic Spectrum
access (OSA),...), LTE_unlicensed, television white spaces (TVWS) that have
been tested in several trials. Furthermore, enabling and co-existence
technologies such as white space spectrum databases (WSDB) that have been
standardised recently with the Office of communications OFCOM UK, and the
concept of white space communications networks (WSCN) which are ushered
alongside these DSA network technologies will be discussed, with a view to
provide insight on the co-existence issues and its impact on future
wireless networks such as the emerging 5G mobile standard. The workshop
will also provide a forum for quality papers on DSA and panel discussion on
technological and regulatory innovations to enable affordable broadband for
underserved communities using DSA based TVWS networks, in support of the
ITU and UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). The workshop is
significant for creation of opportunities enabled by 5G and DSA
technologies for socio-economic improvement of broadband ICT based service
provision in sectors such as education, healthcare, banking, agriculture
and transportation, etc., in underserved global communities.

*Important dates:*
Paper submission deadline (via EDAS): January 13, 2017
Notification of acceptance: February 8, 2017
Camera-ready deadline: February 15, 2017
Workshop: March 6, 2017

*Workshop Chair:*
F. Mekuria, Chief Researcher, CSIR, South Africa

*Co-Chairs: *
E. Belding, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
O. Holland, Research fellow, King’s College London
E. Mutafungwa, Staff Scientist, Aalto, Finland
J. Zander, KTH, Sweden
A. Mody, Chair White Space Alliance, USA

*Workshop website:*

Mariya Zheleva
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
University at Albany, SUNY <>

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