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enlightened Upcoming Fall 2020 BWAC Semi-Annual Meeting 

Due to COVID-19, the semiannual BWAC IAB Meeting will take place virtually via Zoom, Nov 9-10, 2020.  A link to the meeting will be sent directly to IAB members and other participants. To help with the logistics, participants (IAB members, BWAC faculty and students, and other invited parties) are required to register at the following link:

Registration: Click here to register for the meeting.

A tentative agenda for the meeting can be found here.

Keynote5G-Era and Beyond: Small Cell Industry Perspective

Speaker: Dr. Prabhakar Chitrapu, Chair of Small Cell Forum 

Abstract: The mobile ecosystem is evolving and changing in very significant and disruptive manners. This talk will provide a broad overview of these developments, highlighting the new players, new relationships, and the new technologies entering the ecosystem. The talk will start by looking at the general evolution of cellular radio technology generations from 2G to 5G, introducing the notion of cellular Generational‐Era's, which include basic technologies defined for each generation by standards organizations (such as 3GPP) as well as deployments and service offerings. It will then address various dimensions of each generational‐era, namely basic radio technologies, spectrum, radio network architecture, end‐to‐end network architecture, network implementation, and network deployers/operators. Next we will focus on the specifics of the 5G‐Era, covering 3GPP defined 5G technologies, followed by densification & small cell networks, shared spectrum solutions, edge computing, private cellular networks, neutral host solutions, and multi‐radio‐access‐technology solutions. The speaker will conclude the presentation by sharing personal views of the current status of the 5G‐Era and speculate on the potential makeup of 6G.

Biography: Dr. Prabhakar Chitrapu is currently the Chair of Small Cell Forum, where he leads a vibrant community of operators, OEMs, Component Vendors & Infrastructure Providers to drive the Small Cell industry ecosystem. Previously, he worked for AT&T for 7 years in the Converged Access & Device Technology organization as a Lead MTS. He has also taught graduate-level courses in Wireless Communications, Signal processing & Computer Networks as an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University, Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. His work has greatly expanded the spectrum of work activity, member engagement & recruitment, cross-industry collaborations, and market traction. See more details here

BWAC Overview

Broadband Wireless Access and Applications Center (BWAC) is a multi-university NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC), led by the University of Arizona in partnership with University of Mississippi, Catholic University of America, and North Carolina State University. Along with NSF support, BWAC is funded by 20+ affiliate members from industry and DoD labs.

BWAC aims at advancing wireless technologies and providing cost-effective and practical solutions for next-generation (5G & beyond) wireless systems, millimeter-wave communications, wireless cybersecurity, shared-spectrum access systems, full-duplex transmissions, massive MIMO techniques, and others.

The mission of BWAC is to collaborate with industry research partners to create flexible, efficient, and secure wireless networks that satisfy broadband communication needs in businesses, in the home, and in the lives of individuals.

  • Address issues of spectrum through novel broadband technologies
  • Work with industry and academic partners to pursue large-scale research programs and create new visions for the wireless industry

BWAC Renewed 5 More Years 

NSF has made awards to the University of Arizona, Virginia Tech, University of Mississippi, and the Catholic University of America, renewing BWAC for another five years. 

BWAC Phase-II officially started on Oct. 1, 2018. It continues to be led by the University of Arizona under the directorship of Professor Marwan Krunz.