KEYNOTE: "Dynamic Spectrum Access: From Connecting Rural Africa to Finding the Next White Space Opportunity"
To reach the remaining billions of unconnected people, we need additional 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 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.
Keynote Speaker: Ranveer Chandra
Ranveer Chandra is a Senior Researcher in the Mobility & Networking Research Group at Microsoft Research. His research is focused on mobile devices, with particular emphasis on wireless communications and energy efficiency. Ranveer's research has shipped as part of multiple Microsoft products, including Windows 7, Windows 8, Visual Studio, Windows Phone, and XBOX. He is active in the networking and systems research community, and most recently served as Program Committee Chair of IEEE DySPAN 2012, and ACM MobiCom 2013. Ranveer has published more than 45 papers, and filed over 70 patents, 20 of which have been granted. His research has been cited by the popular press, such as CNET, MIT Technology Review, Scientific American, New York Times, WSJ, among others. He has won several awards, including best paper awards at ACM CoNext 2008 and ACM SIGCOMM 2009, the Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship, the Microsoft Gold Star Award, the MIT Technology Review's Top Innovators Under 35, TR35 (2010) and Fellow in Communications, World Technology Network (2012). Ranveer has an undergraduate degree from IIT Kharagpur, India and a PhD from Cornell University.As part of his doctoral dissertation, Ranveer developed VirtualWiFi. The software has been downloaded more than 150,000 times and is among the top 5 downloaded software released by Microsoft Research. It is also shipping as a feature in Windows 7. Ranveer is also leading the white space networking project at Microsoft Research. He was invited to the FCC to present his work, and spectrum regulators from India, China, Brazil, Singapore and US (including the FCC chairman) have visited the Microsoft campus to see his deployment of the world's first urban white space network.