Dynamic Spectrum Access: From Connecting Rural Africa to Finding the Next White Space Opportunity

Date: 
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 3:30pm
Location: 
Harold Frank Hall 1132
Title: 
Dynamic Spectrum Access: From Connecting Rural Africa to Finding the Next White Space Opportunity
Speaker: 
Ranveer Chandra, Microsoft
Host: 
Elizabeth Belding

Abstract

To meet the growing wireless demand for bandwidth we need more spectrum. However, most of the prime spectrum has been allocated by the regulatory agencies. For the past 10 years, we have been exploring the use of Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) as a paradigm to operate in unused portions of the allocated spectrum. In this talk, I will present two aspects of our work, First, on the TV white spaces, and how we are currently using the technology to connect villages and universities in Africa, and second, on a measurement framework to study spectrum occupancy from 30 MHz to 5 GHz, and how this framework can help unlock several new portions of spectrum for DSA, similar to the TV white spaces.

Bio

Ranveer Chandra is a senior researcher in Microsoft Research’s Mobility & Networking Research Group. His research focuses on mobile devices, with particular emphasis on wireless communications and energy efficiency. He has published over 50 papers and filed over 80 patents, over 35 of which have been granted. Ranveer is responsible for research that has shipped in multiple Microsoft products, including Windows 7, Windows 8, Visual Studio, Windows Phone, and Xbox. He has earned numerous awards, including best paper awards at ACM SIGCOMM and ACM CoNeXT, highlighted as a Microsoft Research Luminary, and he was honored as one of MIT Technology Review’s 2010 “35 Innovators Under 35” for his work on large-scale white-space networks.

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