Welcome to BWAC


BWAC Renewed 5 More Years

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

BWAC Phase-II effectively starts on Oct 1st, 2018 and will be lead by the University of Arizona under the directorship of Professor Marwan Krunz.

Upcoming BWAC Fall Meeting: Join us for the Fall 2018 BWAC Semi-Annual Meeting at the University of Arizona, Tucson, November 8-9, 2018.

Registration: Click here to register for the meeting.

Agenda: Click here for the tentative agenda.

Meeting Location: The meeting will take place in the Kachina Room, Student Union. Please see map below.

Hotel Reservation: We reserved several blocks of rooms at three hotels. The Marriott and Aloft hotels are within walking distance from campus. Homewood Suites is a 10-minute drive from campus, but the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to campus. To receive the group rate, click on the appropriate link below:

  • Marriott Tucson University Park (located at 880 East 2nd St., Tucson, AZ 85719, minutes from the Student Union): Group rate is $155/night plus tax. Click here for reservation.
  • Aloft Tucson University  (1900 East Speedway Boulevard. Tucson, AZ 85719, 15-minute walk from the Student Union): Group rate is $129/night plus tax. Click here for reservation.
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton (located at 4250 North Campbell Avenue, Tucson, Arizona, 85718): Group rate is $139/night plus tax. Click here for reservation.

Please make your reservation soon. The above rates are available for a limited time only.

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 Fall 2018 BWAC Semi-Annual IAB Meeting at the University of Arizona, November 8-9, 2018. Click here to register for the meeting. Click here for the tentative agenda.

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.