RECAP - The Wireless @ Virginia Tech 2011 Symposium & Wireless Summer School was held June 1-3 at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. More than 160 attendees representing a wide array of companies, universities, and government agencies were present. The quality of this year’s symposium continues the rich tradition of previous years.
Keynote speakers included Dr. Andrew Clegg of the National Science Foundation, who provided insight into “Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS): A New National Science Foundation Initiative;” Mr. Russell Housley of Vigil Security, LLC & Chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), speaking on “Emerging Wireless Internet Standards;” and Dr. K. J. Ray Liu of the University of Maryland, with a presentation on “Cognitive Radio Games.”
A total of 10 oral presentations of technical papers in the areas of networks, cognitive radio, and multi-antenna systems were presented. This year’s symposium featured 7 invited posters ranging from time and frequency synchronization to roadside wireless security. The students of Wireless@VT were in the spotlight with 41 poster presentations. Further information was facilitated by one-on-one technical discussions during the poster sessions and refreshment breaks.
This year’s summer school offered 12 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 areas of networks, space communications, and cloud computing. Sessions on wireless security, GNU radio, and SDR were featured. Other tutorials included antennas for wireless communications and position location techniques.
As usual, the symposium party on Thursday evening provided excellent opportunities to mingle with other wireless professionals and to catch up with old friends and alumni. In addition to relaxing with friends, we enjoyed a buffet meal from the Holiday Inn and lively music provided by local DJ Earl Brown. Several rounds of dancing including a dance instructor that taught the steps to the famous line dance from Alan Jackson’s “Good Time,” were also a part of the evening. A special treat was the singing of “Wild Thing” led by our very own Dr. Mike Buehrer, Dr. Charles Clancy, and Dr. Bob McGwier. There were also numerous drawings for door prizes that included gift certificates to The Inn at Virginia Tech, the Holiday Inn, Hotel Roanoke, and numerous bottles of wine including the locally famous Hokie vintage.
Please mark your calendars for May 30 – June 2, 2012, the dates of our next symposium and summer school. We look forward to seeing you!