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


DECEMBER 13TH, 2021 - 10:00 AM EST

TITLE: AI-EDGE: An Institute for Future Edge Networks and Distributed Intelligence

Dr. Ness Shroff, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ohio Eminent Scholar, Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State  University


Networking and AI are two of the most transformative information technologies. These technologies have help improve the quality of the human condition, contributed to national economic competitiveness, national security, and national defense. The Institute is aimed at leveraging the synergies between both networking and AI to (i) design the next generation of edge network. Here the goal will be to distributed intelligence plane will be developed to ensure that these networks are self-healing, adaptive, and self-optimized. (ii) The future of AI is distributed AI and these intelligent and adaptive networks will in turn unleash the power of collaboration to solve long-standing distributed AI challenges, making AI more efficient, interactive, and privacy preserving. The Institute plans to develop the key underlying technologies for distributed and networked intelligence to enable a host of future transformative applications such as intelligent transportation, remote healthcare, distributed robotics, and smart aerospace. Going beyond research, the Institute recognizes that it is a national priority to educate students, professionals, and practitioners in AI and networks, and substantially grow and diversify the workforce. The Institute will develop novel, efficient, and modular ways of creating and delivering education content and curricula at scale, and to spearhead a program that helps build a large diverse workforce in AI and networks spanning K-12 to university students and faculty. In this talk, we will overview the key components of the Institute, identifying a set of interesting research directions. Further, we will also describe through a case study involving caching, why the edge is so different from the core of the network, and how ML tools and techniques can be developed to improve performance.


DECEMBER 14TH, 2021 - 10:00 AM EST

TITLE: Bi-Directional Spectrum Sharing: From Spectrum Agility to Network Agility

Dr. Apurva N. Mody, Founder and CEO, AiRANACULUS


Dr. Apurva N. Mody is a world recognized expert on Spectrum Sharing and Spectrum Exploitation Technologies. Dr. Mody received his Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in December 2004. In the recent past, Dr. Mody has served as the Vice Chair and Chairman of the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC). As a Member of the Executive Committee, Dr. Mody is acting as the Working Groups Chairman to create interoperable specifications, recommended practices, white papers and study reports in the area of Spectrum and 5G.

Dr. Mody has more than 20 years of experience in Research and Development (R&D) of wireless communications, radars, Electronic Warfare (EW) and systems related to Spectrum Dominance Awareness and Sharing. Dr. Mody has worked on countless Department of Defense (DoD) Programs as a Principal Investigator, Program Manager and as a Capture Team Lead. These programs have resulted in development of potential solutions for radar and communications spectrum sharing, development of spectrum sensing chip, anti-jam wireless communications solutions, co-existence between communications and electronic warfare systems, as well as implementation of low-cost techniques to make any radio cognitive. Dr. Mody was one of the first researchers to talk about the effective use of not only the White Space, but also the Gray Space.

Dr. Mody recently founded AiRANACULUS, which is at the forefront in Intelligent RF and Networking Solutions for applications ranging from Space to Smart Cities. The company has assembled the world’s leading experts to provide algorithms, reference architectures and products in signal processing, cross-layer analysis, cybersecurity and networking to create spectrum aware technologies capable of re-configuring radio and sensor systems for optimal performance in congested and contested environments. AiRANACULUS is working on wide variety of Projects including creation of Cognitive Control Plane and Network Slicing for NASA’ s Moon Mission, 5G Dynamic Spectrum Sharing at Hill Air Force Base, Army Waveform Agnostic learning-enhanced Decision Engine and Navy Program to add Multi-User Detection to Advanced Tactical Networking Waveform.

Dr. Mody is also the founding Chairman of the WhiteSpace Alliance™ (WSA) as well as the Chairman Emeritus of IEEE 802.22 Working Group (WG) for Wireless Regional Area Networks (WRANs). Dr. Mody has been recently awarded the IEEE SA Medal for creating spectrum sharing technologies to reduce the global problem of Digital Divide. Under his leadership, the IEEE 802.22 WG is the recipient of the IEEE Emerging Technology Award.  Dr. Mody, also led the IEEE 802.22.3 / 802.15.22.3 Task Group on Spectrum Characterization and Occupancy Sensing. Dr. Mody has access to regulators and Government officials all over the world. He has worked with many Government organizations including United States DoD, NTIA, FCC, Department of State, USAID, United Nations, International Telecommunications Union as well as Ministries of many countries around the world. 

Dr. Mody is the Fellow of the IEEE, he was President’s Fellow while at Georgia Tech, he is a member of IEEE Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi honor societies. His research work has been published in three book chapters and more than 50 Conference and Journal Papers. Dr. Mody has been awarded more than 25 patents.


DECEMBER 15TH, 2021 - 10:00 AM EST

TITLE: Advancing Spectrum Sensing, Big Data, and Coexistence through SpectrumX (and ND Wireless)

Dr. Nick Laneman, Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame


Wide-band, wide-area sensing and data-driven management of the precious radio frequency spectrum have been envisioned from both technology and policy perspectives for years. SpectrumX - An NSF Spectrum Innovation Center has been launched to conduct interdisciplinary research, workforce development, industry and government collaborations, and policy outreach to help bring this vision closer to reality, as well as enhance dynamic coexistence and sharing among growing commercial, scientific, and government uses of spectrum. Following an overview of SpectrumX and opportunities for community members to engage with the center, this talk will highlight recent results on low-cost spectrum sensors, distributed spectrum sensing, and related projects in ND Wireless, which is serving as the lead of SpectrumX. Bio:

Dr. Nick Laneman is Director of SpectrumX - An NSF Spectrum Innovation Center, Founding Director and currently Co-Director of the Wireless Institute in the College of Engineering, and Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He joined the faculty in August 2002 shortly after earning a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research and teaching interests are in wireless system design, radio spectrum access, technology standards and intellectual property, and regulatory policy. Laneman is an IEEE Fellow, has received the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, the Presidential Early-Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the NSF CAREER Award, and has been recognized twice by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher. He is author or co-author on over 145 publications and is co-inventor on 8 U.S. patents.