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WInnForum now accepting Presentation Proposals for SDR-WInnComm 2014 Workshop: SSPARC- Technologies And Opportunities for Sharing with Radar

DARPA has recently launched the SSPARC program (Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications). This workshop, chaired by John Chapin (DARPA)and  Vince Kovarik (PrismTech), will bring together the Wireless Innovation Forum community and current SSPARC participants to exchange ideas and build future collaborations. One of the goals of the workshop is to provide an international forum to exchange concepts, plans and discuss on-going work in this area.

In keeping with the objective of promoting idea exchange and collaborative discussions, participants are encouraged to provide input for the workshop. Input may consist of any or all of: a brief paper (optional, no more than 4 pages), a presentation, or suggestions of topics for panel discussions. The goal is to provide a rich and diverse set of ideas to foster discussion and promote interaction among participants.

Inputs are sought covering results, components, approaches or concepts that have the potential to significantly improve spectrum sharing between radar and communication systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Approaches for avoiding interference including those exploiting the following areas:
    • o   Spatial - Techniques for coordinating operational characteristics that govern the spatial extent over which RF energy is present.
    • o   Temporal - Coordination between multiple systems based on time-oriented factors such as coordinated scheduling, synchronous burst transmissions, and cross-system coordinated frequency hopping.
    • o   Spectral - Pre-planned and ad hoc control of frequencies used, coding, modulation, out of band emissions and other aspects.
  • Waveform and Device Design - Fundamental design changes in the waveform and in radar and communications devices that help to minimize or eliminate interference when sharing spectrum.
  • Machine-to-machine communications - Cooperative operations will require radar systems and other users to exchange information and plans dynamically. Topics of interest include system architecture, communications mechanisms and protocols, and higher layer design issues such as relevant metadata or ontology structures.
  • Databases - Use of databases and other information repositories to maintain a reference source for systems within an area of interoperability coordination.
  • International perspectives
    • Challenges and opportunities for radar/communications spectrum sharing arising from the geographic, regulatory, economic and technical environments of different countries or regions of the world.
    • Descriptions of relevant ongoing or planned projects.

The SSPARC program manager, Dr. John Chapin, will present the program's vision and status at the start of the workshop, followed by presentations and discussion. A similar workshop will be held at IEEE DYSPAN in April 2014; authors should not submit the same input to both workshops.

Submit your presentation proposal here: If you are not currently active in the Forum's member's only groups collaboration portal, you will need to create a guest account to submit your proposal. If you have any questions during the proposal submission, just email Stephanie Hamill at for assistance.

What to expect at SDR-WInnComm 2014: 

  • Networking opportunities with leaders in the advanced wireless community who can help you in advancing your organizations objectives
  • Access to  papers, presentations and tutorials providing updates on the latest advances in software defined radio (SDR), cognitive radio (CR) and dynamic spectrum access (DSA) technologies
  • Insight into new products and services being offered at all levels of the wireless value chain to address your specific requirements 
  • Updates on market requirements and changes in regulation that could impact your organization in the next 12 months and beyond 


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