Welcome to BWAC

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.


Upcoming BWAC Spring 2019 Meeting 

Join us for the Spring 2019 BWAC IAB Meeting May 23-24, 2019 at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Registration: Click here to register for the meeting.

Agenda: Click here to see the meeting agenda.

Meeting Location: The meeting will take place in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Rooms A and B, at The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Ave. N.E., Washington, DC 20064. Please see the instructions and maps below.

Campus Map & Meeting location

Metro System Map

Hotel Reservation: 

Hotel name: Courtyard Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol

Address: 1325 2nd Street NE Washington, District Of Columbia 20002

Note: a block of rooms have been reserved for the BWAC meeting at a discounted group rate of $234 per night.

Click here for online booking.

You may also call for reservations at 1-800-321-2211 and refer the group name to reserve rooms at the discounted rate (group name: Catholic University of America_Broadband Wireless Access & Application Center Meeting, M-FDWQRSU).

The cutoff date for the room block is April 24, 2019.  Please reserve your rooms prior to this date.

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 Virginia Tech, University of Notre Dame, University of Mississippi, and Catholic University of America. 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


News & Events

Join us for the Spring 2019 BWAC Semi-Annual IAB Meeting at the Catholic University of America, May 23-24, 2019. Click here to register for the meeting. Click here for the tentative agenda.

Upcoming BWAC Spring 2019 Meeting

Join us for the Fall 2015 BWAC IAB Meeting at Oxford, MS! Nov. 3-4, 2015

Save the date!

Our fall BWAC meeting is set to take place at the University of Mississippi in the town of Oxford, MS, from Tuesday, November 3, through Wednesday, November 4 (half-a-day).  

There is going to be an optional welcome reception on the evening of Monday, November 2.

For registration information please visit

Join us for the Spring 2015 BWAC IAB Meeting at Notre Dame, IN! April 19-21, 2015

WHAT: BWAC Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting

WHEN: Sunday, April 19 (optional evening reception) - Tuesday, April 21 (thru lunch)

WHERE: McKenna Conference Center, University of Notre Dame (

HOW: Airports - South Bend (SBN), Midway (MDW), O’Hare (ORD); Accommodations - Blocks of rooms to be established

More details and registration at:

Join us for the Fall 2014 BWAC IAB Meeting at Charlottesville, VA! Oct 28-30, 2014

The next Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) meeting for BWAC is going to be hosted by the University of Virginia on October 28th-30th. For registration details click here (PDF document.)

A draft agenda can be found below.

BWAC@University of Virginia Agenda Draft Agenda

Oct 28th Travel day; Optional welcome reception in the evening

Oct 29th

Start Time


8:00 AM

University of Virginia welcome

8:20 AM

State of the Center (Bose)

8:25 AM

Vision from IAB chair perspective

8:30 AM

Industry members

8:50 AM


9:20 AM


9:40 AM

Site presentation - University of Arizona

10:10 AM

Site presentation - Auburn University

10:40 AM

Site presentation - University of Notre Dame

11:10 AM


11:25 AM

Site presentation - University of Virginia

11:55 AM

Site presentation - Virginia Tech

12:25 PM


1:30 PM

Fundamental Research Proposal (FRP) Presentations

3:30 PM

Poster introductions: One minute per poster

4:00 PM

Poster session

5:00 PM

Free time

5:30 PM



Oct 30th

Start Time


8:00 AM

Company Presentations

9:00 AM

Parallel break-out sessions on collaborative proposal initiatives

9:45 AM

Report out

10:00 AM


10:15 AM

IAB Meeting (FRP Voting; Feedback on projects; and Life forms)

12:00 PM

Departure; Lunch boxes to go


The Spring 2014 IAB Meeting at Blacksburg, VA Successfully Completed!

The Spring 2014 IAB meeting, hosted by Virginia Tech, was a huge success!!! Several IAB members attended the board meeting and the Virginia Tech's Wireless Symposium that was collocated with the IAB meeting. The Fall 2014 IAB meeting will be at Charlottesville, VA, hosted by the University of Virginia. More information about the next meeting will be posted at the BWAC website late summer/early fall.

BWAC Researchers Awarded the Best Paper Award from 2014 IEEE DySPAN!

BWAC researchers from the Virginia Tech site, including Jerry Park (site director), Behnam Bahrak, and Sudeep Bhattarai, received the Best Paper Award at the 2014 IEEE Symposium on New Frontiers in Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN). The paper is titled "Protecting the Primary Users' Operational Privacy in Spectrum Sharing." IEEE DySPAN is the premier conference to discuss, publish, and present recent advancements in Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) and Cognitive Radio, including novel approaches and technologies enabling more efficient use of the radio spectrum.