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2010 Wireless Symposium


Virginia Tech Symposium on Wireless Personal Communications June 2-4, 2010

 RECAP - The Wireless @ Virginia Tech 2010 Symposium & Wireless Summer School was held June 2-4 at The Inn at Virginia Tech. More than 200 attendees representing a wide array of companies, universities, and government agencies were present. We believe once again that – befitting its 20th anniversary – the quality of this year’s symposium continued to exceed that of previous years.

Keynote speakers included Dr. Bruce Fette, of DARPA, who delivered "DARPA Demonstrations of Cognitive Radio Capabilities;" Dr. Barry Horowitz, of the University of Virginia, speaking on "Adaptive Multi-scale Optimization for Enhancing the Performance of Wireless Systems;" and Dr. Linda Doyle, of the University of Dublin Ireland, presenting on “Fluid Networks & Cognitive Radios.”

A total of 12 oral presentations of technical papers, our strongest collection to date, in the areas of OFDM, CDMA, Sensing, and Networks were presented. This year’s symposium featured a capacity-filled single-track poster spotlight session with 14 presentations; to facilitate further one-on-one technical discussions during later refreshment breaks, these posters remained up for the duration. The Wireless @ VT research highlight session included 30 posters and 5 demos by student and faculty researchers, which discussed and demonstrated the latest breakthroughs in wireless communications and networks research.

This year’s summer school offered 14 morning or afternoon tutorials for wireless professionals to learn about the basics, specialties, and emerging technologies in various areas of wireless communications. Several of these were in the area of networks, to wit cognitive radio and cognitive networks, networks on the body and of the social, wireless, and sensor variety. Other tutorials were in the area of wireless communications, such as without batteries, using filter banks, for position location, and massively broadband. Rounding out the wealth of tutorials were those on LTE and emerging standards.

As usual, the symposium party on Thursday evening provided excellent opportunities to network with other wireless professionals and to catch up with old friends. A special anniversary feature was the historical and comedic entertainment provided by Dr. Ted Rappaport, a founding father of the symposium, and other pillars supporting the growth and reputation of the symposium in its formative years.  We were also honored with numerous wireless alumni and former faculty who returned to participate in the celebration of our 20th anniversary. In addition to relaxing with friends, we enjoyed a fantastic catered barbecue style meal from Professional Catering, lively music provided by local DJ Earl Brown, several rounds of dancing and gaming, and numerous drawings for door prizes.

A well-attended special panel session on national security took place on Friday morning, sponsored by the Virginia Tech/Howard University Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (IC CAE) program. Several titans from the IC community, such as Jim Schatz of Hopkins APL, former Director of NSA R&D, and Alan Wade of Wade Associates, retired CIO from CIA, were among the speakers on cyber security, cryptology, language and cultural analysis, science and technology, as well as employment opportunities. The prepared comments and the Q&A discussion afterwards were attentively taken in by students in the IC CAE program and a number of symposium attendants alike.

Please mark your calendars for June 1-3, 2011, the dates of our next Symposium. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

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Special Session

2010 Wireless Symposium and Summer School
June 2-4, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010 8:00 AM– 12:00 PM

Special Session on National Security

This session is sponsored by the Virginia Tech/Howard University Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (IC CAE) program and is designed to help inform and excite our students and faculty about the mission of the IC.  The program will consist of speakers and a round table discussion spanning a broad cross section of national security specialties including Cyber Security, Cryptology, Language and Cultural Analysis, and Science and Technology.  Currently, Jim Schatz of Johns Hopkins APL and a former Director of NSA R&D, along with Alan Wade of Wade Associates, and retired CIO from the Central Intelligence Agency, and Larry D. Cox, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Intelligence & Information Solutions Business Unit, Science Applications International Corporation, are confirmed on the schedule.  There will be no cost to attend this session. Updated information on the session can be found here:

Flyer - Special Session on National Security