IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks
13-15 December 2021 // Virtual Conference


The IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN) is a premier conference on diverse issues related to spectrum sensing, access, sharing, coexistence and utilization within current and emerging wireless tracks. DySPAN 2021 will be held on Dec 13-15, 2021 in an all-online format. The conference welcomes papers on both technology and policy issues that pertain to all aspects of advanced spectrum technologies.

This year’s DySPAN will emphasize topics related to the application of machine learning and dataset creation within the wireless domain; systems aspects of wireless research, including small- and large-scale emulation/experimental results; and spectrum usage beyond the classical microwave bands. The conference aims to bring together both industry and academic papers in a common forum for sharing experiences and accelerating the state of the art in wireless technologies.

Topics of interest to the conference include but are not limited to:

  • Application of AI and ML in spectrum access and management
  • Experiences with small/large experimental and emulation platforms, including PAWR platforms and Colosseum
  • Community-use datasets
  • Simulator design for spectrum access
  • Systems and radio front-ends for spectrum sensing/access
  • Massive MIMO
  • Spectrum usage in mobile environments, such as land vehicles, UAVs and submersibles 
  • Channel models for emerging bands
  • Smartphone-driven wireless research
  • Mobile edge computing for wireless spectrum optimization
  • Security and privacy issues in spectrum access and management
  • Information-theoretic aspects of spectrum sharing
  • Energy-efficient dynamic spectrum access (DSA)
  • MAC and routing protocols for DSA
  • DSA, spectrum sensing, sharing in mmWave and THz spectrum
  • Spectrum management for the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Energy harvesting in dynamic spectrum access regimes
  • Coexistence of heterogeneous technologies
  • Business models and pricing for DSA
  • Market and regulatory approaches and trends to facilitate DSA
  • Software regulation/standardization and equipment certification
  • Industry and government roles in enabling dynamic spectrum access
  • Dynamic spectrum auctions and economics with focus on incentive auctions
  • Spectrum sharing versus infrastructure sharing
  • Defining/enforcing rights and responsibilities of spectrum licensees and easement
  • Standardization of DSA technology

Accepted and presented papers will be published in the IEEE DySPAN 2021 Conference Proceedings and IEEEXplore. DySPAN 2021 will accept full length main track papers of up to 8 pages, and for the first time since its inception, special session papers of 6 pages. The special sessions are designed for more focused dissemination of ideas on emerging topics, and will be organized by core domain experts in these respective fields. Potential authors are requested to submit their papers via the open call to the main track or the special sessions, and both submission types will be given full and equal consideration towards inclusion in the conference proceedings. Information about the submission links to the main track and the special sessions is available on the DySPAN 2021 website:

Selected high quality technical papers will be fast tracked to the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking ( and Elsevier Computer Networks Journal (


Special session proposal deadline: September 10, 2021
Special session acceptance decision: September 15, 2021
Full paper submission deadline:  October 1, 2021
Notification of acceptance:  November 15, 2021
Camera-ready submission and registration deadline: December 1, 2021
Upload of video recording of presentations: December 7, 2021
Conference Dates: December 13-15, 2021


IEEE DySPAN welcomes submissions of upto 8 pages in the main track. A comprehensive list of topics is provided in the CFP.

Submission deadline is October 1, 2021.


Prospective organizers of Special Sessions should submit 1 page proposals with the following information:

Proposals should be sent to the TPC Chairs as PDF email attachments: by September 10, 2021

Proposals will be evaluated based on the timeliness of the topic and on the qualifications of the organizers and of the authors of the contributed papers as well. Upon acceptance of the proposal by September 15, 2021, the contributed 6 papers must be submitted before the deadline: October 15, 2021.

The papers in each accepted Special Session will undergo a review process, similar to the other regular papers. The review process will be organized by the Special Session organizers, different from the main track submissions. 


Authors will need to follow the IEEE conference paper style. Details about the format can be found here:

The maximum page limits for main track papers are 8 pages and for special session papers, 6 pages, respectively, including references and appendices.

To submit your paper, visit the following link:


Papers submitted to IEEE DySPAN 2021 need not exclude author names and affiliations. Each paper will receive three reviews. The TPC Chairs will manage the review process for the submissions to the main track. The special session organizers will similarly manage the review process for their individual sessions. All papers accepted to IEEE DySPAN 2021 that are registered and comply with submission guidelines will be published in IEEE Xplore.


Full papers are considered for best paper awards and journal special issue invitation as follows. Two Best Paper Awards, each from the technology and policy programs, will be presented based on the evaluation of the technical program committee. Extended versions of selected full papers will be invited for fast track review and possible publication in a special issue of major journals.