The Wireless Spectrum R&D (WSRD) Interagency Working Group (IWG) coordinates Federal spectrum-related R&D activities to facilitate efficient, effective R&D investments that promote efficient use of wireless spectrum through advanced technologies and systems. The WSRD IWG reports investments to the Advanced Communication Networks and Systems (ACNS) [formerly LSN – Large Scale Networking] Program Component Area.
The Wireless Spectrum Interagency Working Group (WSRD IWG) was formed in 2011 to coordinate Federal R&D across 18 participating agencies and to inventory, coordinate, and make recommendations that promote efficient use of wireless spectrum through advanced technologies and systems. In addition, WSRD works with academic and the private sectors to help develop priorities, encourage private investment, and develop public/private partnerships when appropriate.
- Increase spectrum efficiency, flexibility, and adaptability through the development of new methods, models, and measurements, including for 5G systems.
- Design robust, secure, and dependable wireless spectrum systems and networks including the exploration of trust and coexistence between different types of systems and networks.
- Build devices that can monitor their spectrum environment and adapt in real time using methods such as machine learning, visualization, collaborative planning and decentralized decision-making.
- Expand communications capacity using higher-frequency bands (>20 GHz) and optical links to enable capabilities such as air-to-air communications and movement of data into and out of space.
- Accelerate the development of usable spectrum tools by providing testing, modeling, and simulation programs and facilities such as the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research.
Division of Innovation and Technology Ecosystems (ITE)
Directorate of Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
|Michael (Mike) DiFrancisco
Senior Technical Advisor
Office of Spectrum Management (OSM)
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
- Advanced Wireless Test Platforms Team Information Request Report, February 18, 2022
- Artificial Intelligence & Wireless Spectrum: Opportunities and Challenges Workshop, Rome, NY; August 28-29, 2019.
- Security from a Wireless Spectrum Perspective: Technology Innovation and Policy Research Needs Workshop, Washington D.C; September 13, 2018.
- Artificial Intelligence and Wireless Spectrum: Opportunities and Challenges, November 2020.
- Security from a Wireless Spectrum Perspective: Technology Innovation and Policy Research Needs, September 2019.
- WSRD Radio Receiver Systems: R&D Innovation Needs and Impacts on Technology and Policy Workshop Summary, July 2018.
- Radio Receiver Systems R&D Innovation Needs: Recommendations of the WSRD IWG, July 2018.
Resources and Reference Documents
- Ensuring America Reaches Its 5G Potential, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), May 30, 2019.
- Research and Development Priorities for American Leadership in Wireless Communications, The White House, OSTP, May 30, 2019.
- Emerging Technologies and their Expected Impact on Non-Federal Spectrum Demand, The White House, OSTP, May 30, 2019.
- America Will Win the Global Race to 5G, Michael Kratsios, OSTP, October 25, 2018.
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