Emerging Tech SIG: White Space Networking & The Commoditization of Pervasive Internet Access



  • TITLE: White Space Networking & The Commoditization of Pervasive Internet Access

    We began our journey with the goal of commoditizing pervasive internet connectivity for the masses. Along the way, we championed neighborhood connectivity and  low-cost Internet access in developing and rural regions.  Businesses saw an opportunity and local government began to value blanket city-wide coverage.  Lots of capital flowed supporting the organic growth of many new companies, but success was not inevitable. Deployments failed and critics questioned the promises. Perhaps the technology and business models were not ready for prime time  So we began rethinking the technology issues, part of which required us “fix” the spectrum allocation policies. The US government listened and new white-space frequencies were opened up.

    In this talk, I will discuss the evolution of our thinking on how to achieve pervasive internet connectivity.  I will highlight promising new research directions that are full of interesting challenges.  I will describe technologies that researchers have developed and show their strengths and limitations.  My objective is to present what I believe is one of the most fascinating new frontier of wireless networking research-- at the intersection of white space networking, cognitive systems, and mesh networking. Developing solutions in this space will lead us to the success in our original goal of commoditizing pervasive connectivity for the masses.

    Victor Bahl is a Principal Researcher and founding Manager of the Networking Research Group in Microsoft Research Redmond . He is responsible for directing research activities that push the state-of-art in the networking of devices and systems. He and his group build proof-of-concept systems, engage with academia, publish papers in prestigious conferences and journals, publish software for the research community, and work with product groups to influence Microsoft’s products.  His personal research interests span a variety of topics in wireless systems design, mobile networking, and network management. He has built and deployed several seminal and highly cited networked systems, with total of over 6000 citations; he has authored over 80 papers and over 100 patent applications, 60 of which have issued;  he has delivered close to two dozen keynote talks; is the founder and past Chairperson of ACM SIGMOBILE ; the founder and past Editor-in-Chief of ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review , and the founder and steering committee chair of the Mobile Systems Conference (MobiSys);  He has served as the General Chair of SIGCOMM and MobiCom, and is serving on the steering committees of six  IEEE & ACM conferences;  he is served on the board of over half-a-dozen journals; on several NSF and NRC panels, and on over six dozen program committees.  Dr. Bahl received Digital's Doctoral Engineering Fellowship Award in 1995 and SIGMOBILE's Distinguished Service Award in 2001. In 2004, Microsoft nominated him for the innovator of the year award.  He became an ACM Fellow in 2003 and an IEEE Fellow
    in 2008. More on him at http://research.microsoft.com/~bahl/

    Pillsbury Winthrop
    2475 Hanover St.
    Palo Alto, CA 94304


    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza
    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation

    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
    No registration required

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