Wireless, Spectrum & Innovation

May 27 & 28, 2020. Washington D.C.

Workshop Chair: Kaushik Chowdhury

Contact: Email Website

Workshop Overview

The purpose of this workshop is to collect community input and provide feedback to the NSF on several major research areas related to wireless communication, networking and spectrum use, looking ahead in a 5-10 year timeframe. The meeting will feature leading researchers with representation from academia, industry and federal agencies. There are no fees for attending the workshop. We expect to support travel for approximately 40 attendees from academia through NSF support. Participation is requested through the submission of one-page white papers with bold visions and challenges for the community to consider (see submission link below). At a minimum, the workshop will include technical discussions on the following thrusts:

  • The increasing role of machine learning (ML) in wireless spectrum sensing, sharing and access -[identifying problems that require ML over classical deterministic methods, addressing issues of trust and bias, model validation and robustness, need for wireless-centric models, creating, curating and sharing datasets, real time training/inference, transfer learning]
  • Ultra-low latency links -[ways to achieve sub-ms link delays, non-CSMA medium access methods, sensing-free medium access through sensor-information from weather reports, human activity patterns and smart city data, spectrum sharing models in 5G and future 6G standard]
  • Emerging spectrum uses -[Practical and theoretical challenges in mmWave and THz communications, spectrum studies and coexistence in newly released sub-mmWave bands, spectrum utilization for UAVs, autonomous vehicles and networked robotics]
  • Resources for reliable, repeatable, verifiable wireless research -[Datasets, experimentation, emulation, and simulation: topics include NSF PAWR platforms, Colosseum, ns-3 and other simulators, specific dataset needs and availabilities, available software resources like ORAN, ONAP and Open Air Interface]
  • Industry and government collaborations-[interactions with industry and government representatives, gap assessment, funding and collaboration opportunities beyond the NSF]


Interested participants are requested to submit a one page "vision" statement on an important problem that will drive the future of wireless research via the link below.

We would like to request attendees to commit to the complete program, spanning both days. We will start at 8.30am on day 1 and end by 3pm on day 2.

Important Dates

Workshop Announcement: February 3, 2020

Application Deadline: February 28, 2020

Acceptance Notification: March 6, 2020

Final Program Announced: April 2020