The Broadband Wireless Access & Applications Center (BWAC) is a multi-university research center sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under its Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) program. BWAC partner universities (sites) include University of Arizona, Virginia TechUniversity of Notre DameUniversity of Mississippi, and Catholic University of America.  The primary mission of BWAC is to work with industry and academic partners to pursue large-scale research projects, address challenging spectrum access problems through novel broadband technologies, and create new visions for the wireless industry. BWAC researchers work closely with industrial partners, through its Industry Affiliates Program, to develop novel and innovative wireless technologies and applications. Please visit the BWAC website for up-to-date information on the Center’s research projects and outreach activities.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Phase II grants to the BWAC partner university sites, including Virginia Tech.  Phase II of the Center officially started on October 1, 2018.  The Virginia Tech Site is led by its Site Director,  Dr. Jerry Park.  In Phase II, BWAC will expand its research footprint to address timely and industry-relevant challenges in wireless communications and networking. The research thrusts of the Virginia Tech site include spectrum sharing among heterogeneous wireless technologies, security and privacy in emerging wireless technologies, and medium access control for emerging wireless technologies. The researchers at Virginia Tech will investigate challenging problems in the aforementioned thrusts with a particular focus on problems that are critical to emerging technologies and applications, such as autonomous or connected vehicles, Internet-of-Things (IoT), automated spectrum management systems for federal-commercial spectrum sharing, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

The results of this collaborative industry-university Center will have a direct effect on public welfare, enabling applications such as remote health, smart transportation, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and high speed broadband access in rural areas, to name a few. The partnering universities are committed to broadening participation in BWAC’s activities. This is achieved through REU site programs, participation of under-represented minority students and faculty in research projects, and involvement of multidisciplinary projects. With its research, established partnerships, and long history of collaboration between its members, BWAC will likely create intellectual property and spin-off companies, leading to job growth.

The lead site, University of Arizona, manages the central BWAC project website.  This website contains various information about the center including the overview of the Center, mission, industry membership, projects, meeting announcements and technical data.  Center proprietary documents are managed through secure internal pages requiring access credentials. The data repository will be managed at the main website with links to the other university sites.  The repository will contain technical papers, project descriptions, relevant software, testbed details, etc.  The repository will be maintained during the project and for an additional five years beyond its termination.

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