Welcome Message from the General Co-Chairs

Welcome to the website for the IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN) 2017. This unique conference mixes technology and policy issues to make it the premier meeting for discussing and exploring advanced spectrum technologies.

With the push to “5G” cellular, the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), the growing popularity and utility of aerial drones, and numerous innovative radio-based services, the already crowded airwaves are becoming more congested.  So it is critical not only that more spectrum be made available but also that existing spectrum use become more efficient. Compounding both of these issues is the trend that governments around the world are concluding that the approach of clearing spectrum for exclusive use is not viable, and that “sharing” must become the norm.  For example, the U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report in 2006 that found “clearing and reallocation of Federal spectrum is not a sustainable basis for spectrum policy due to the high cost, lengthy time to implement, and disruption to the Federal mission.” Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA), Cognitive Radio, and related technologies are crucial components to making more spectrum available and more efficiently utilizing this vital resource.

As the PCAST report suggests a new paradigm in spectrum management, there must also be an evolution in spectrum policy that reflects the technological advances made in wireless communications so that the full benefits can be reaped.  Our hope is that DySPAN 2017 continues the effort of being a forum for presentations, papers, and discussions that entwines technology and policy more closely. Doing so will provide policymakers with a better understanding of the technical implications of existing and proposed public policy, and hopefully, provide a clearer path to sound policy.

DySPAN was founded over ten years ago to promote multi-disciplinary discussion of emerging spectrum access technologies.  Although a lot has been discussed over those ten years, there is certainly no shortage of issues to tackle.  We look forward to robust discussions at this DySPAN to help move DSA and other sharing technologies into the mainstream of public policy.

Welcome to Baltimore, Maryland in March 2017!

J. Nicholas Laneman & Matthew Hussey
General Co-Chairs