Texas Symposium on Wireless & Microwave Circuits & Systems  





 "Evolving Spectrum Policy and Radio Technology"

Dr. Douglas C. Sicker

Department Head and Professor of Engineering and Public Policy

School of Computer Science

Carnegie Mellon University


When we see headlines like, “FCC auction nets $44.9 billion for radio spectrum,” it is easy to recognize that spectrum is a valuable resource for the cellular industry.  However, radio spectrum is also the key component in GPS, broadcast TV, radar, and a whole host of military, scientific and other applications, and the continued growth of these services demands access to additional spectrum.  Unfortunately, spectrum (at least spectrum in a useful range of frequencies) is a finite resource and, as the aforementioned revenues suggest, a very valuable resource.  Therefore, as our society becomes ever more dependent on the use of spectrum, we face the dilemma of how to access this scarce resource.  In this talk, I will discuss work in promoting new spectrum policy and technology. The goal of this work is to move from the static analysis and subsequent use of the spectrum to a model of dynamic analysis and use.  Of particular interest is coexistence with legacy systems, including interoperability and compatibility between federal and non-federal systems, and what role new radio technology brings to the table.

Bio: Dr. Douglas C. Sicker is currently the Department Head and Professor of Engineering and Public Policy with a joint appointment in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.  He is also the Executive Director of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG) and Chief Strategy Officer for CMMB Vision.  Previously, Doug was the DBC Endowed Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder with a joint appointment in, and Director of, the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program.  Doug recently served as the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Advisor for Spectrum at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).  Doug also served as the Chief Technology Officer of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and prior to this he served as a senior advisor on the FCC National Broadband Plan.  Earlier he was Director of Global Architecture at Level 3 Communications, Inc.  In the late 1990s, Doug served as Chief of the Network Technology Division at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Over the years, Doug has served on various federal advisory committees and chaired several technical conferences.  He has published extensively in the fields of wireless systems, security and network policy and has maintained a well-funded research program through NSF, DARPA, FAA and other sources.  For additional details please see http://spot.colorado.edu/~sicker.