ITTC Project

The Future of Spectrum: Technologies and Policies Workshop, May 28-29, 2003.

Project Award Date: 05-01-2003


The purpose of this National Science Foundation Workshop on The Future of Spectrum is to determine the state-of-the-art in radio hardware and software technologies, consider spectrum management policy alternatives and report to NSF on possible research directions, problem definition, community needs, necessary experiments, and research methodology.

The workshop will be held in Washington, DC and bring together approximately 75 participants from academia, government, and industry. The workshop will be one and one-half days in length to be held on May 28-29,2003.

The workshop will deal with spectrum management, the use of the radio frequency (RF) spectrum. It involves the interplay of technology, the physical world, economics and business, legislation and regulation, homeland security and national defense, national policy and international relationships. Recently, a number of themes have converged to cause significant reconsideration of how radio frequency spectrum is managed in the United States and elsewhere. These themes include:

Advances in radio frequency circuits, analog/digital conversion, digital signal processing, field programmable gate arrays, and computer aided design tools enable one to build flexible radios with significant software control and

End-user interest in mobile access to information resources and strong interest from the commercial sector to develop and deploy new services raises the demand for spectrum.

Requirements of national defense and homeland security place high demand on spectrum resources.

Recognition that spectrum is woefully under-utilized due to dated regulations and allocation/assignment processes and that treating spectrum as a scare resource leads to exorbitant license costs.

Proposals to dramatically re-architect the modes and mechanisms for using radio frequency spectrum for communications of multiple types promise higher utilization and enhanced services.


Faculty Investigator(s): Gary Minden (PI)

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): NSF

Partner with ITTC

The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas has developed several assistance policies that enhance interactions between the Center and local, Kansas, or national companies. 

ITTC assistance includes initial free consulting (normally one to five hours). If additional support is needed, ITTC will offer one of the following approaches: 

Sponsored Research Agreement

Individuals and organizations can enter into agreements with KUCR/ITTC and provide funds for sponsored research to be performed at ITTC with the assistance of faculty, staff and students.

Licensing and Royalty/Equity Agreement

An ITTC goal is the development of investment-grade technologies for transfer to, and marketing by, local, Kansas, and national businesses. To enhance this process, the Center has developed flexible policies that allow for licensing, royalty, and equity arrangements to meet both the needs of ITTC and the company.

Commercialization Development

Companies with a technology need that can be satisfied with ITTC's resources can look to us for assistance. We can develop a relationship with interested partners that will provide for the development of a technology suited for commercialization.

ITTC Resource Access

ITTC resources, including computers and software systems, may be made available to Kansas companies in accordance with the Center's mission and applicable Regents and University policies.

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