SMART Hub and NSF SpectrumX Researchers Organize Radio Spectrum Workshop at IEEE International Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 17

Provided by SMART Hub

Spectrum Innovation Centers SMART Hub and U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) SpectrumX are teaming up to present a workshop entitled “Radio Spectrum for Microwave Practitioners” at the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium in Washington, D.C., on Monday, June 17. Organizers are Charles Baylis, director of SMART Hub, Baylor University, and Andrew Clegg, spectrum engineering lead, Google.

During the workshop, Bobby Weikle, of NSF SpectrumX and professor at the University of Virginia, will present “Millimeter-Wave Devices to Expand Spectrum Usage,” and Monisha Ghosh, NSF SpectrumX’s Policy Outreach Director and professor at the University of Notre Dame, will present “Current Spectrum Sharing Deployments and Plans.”

The workshop is designed to educate microwave practitioners on spectrum issues and how they intersect with microwave engineering and design. Speakers from both academic centers will be joined by experts from industry and government in detailing topics including spectrum policy, industry needs, government needs, technologies, and workforce development. The full-day workshop will conclude with a panel discussion with all speakers involved.    

Those interested in attending the workshop can register through the International Microwave Symposium website at The workshop will be held in the Walter Washington Convention Center, Room 144C, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The agenda is as follows:

2024 IMS Workshop WMC:  Radio Spectrum for Microwave Practitioners

Organizers: Charlie Baylis, Director of SMART Hub, Baylor University

Andy Clegg, Spectrum Engineering Lead, Google

8:00      Opening Discussion:  Challenges in Wireless Spectrum Use (Attendees)

8:20      Introduction to the Electromagnetic Spectrum:  Andy Clegg, Google

9:00      Spectrum Regulation:  As Real as Maxwell’s Equations:  Ira Keltz, Federal Communications Commission

9:40      Coffee Break

9:50      Current Spectrum Sharing Deployments and Plans:  Monisha Ghosh, SpectrumX/University of Notre Dame

10:30    Commercial Wireless Challenges for Microwave Designers:  Tom Willis, AT&T Labs

11:10    Millimeter-Wave Devices to Expand Spectrum Usage:  Bobby Weikle, SpectrumX/University of Virginia

11:50    Lunch

12:50    Spectrum Needs and Challenges for Defense:  Benjamin Kirk, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

1:30      Reconfigurable Circuitry for Adaptive Microwave Spectrum Sharing Systems:  Charlie Baylis, SMART Hub/Baylor University

2:10      The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Radio Spectrum:  Robert J. Marks, SMART Hub/Baylor University

2:50      Coffee Break

3:00      Test and Measurement in the Changing Spectrum Environment:  Nizar Messaoudi, Keysight Technologies

3:40      Workforce Development in the Changing Spectral Environment:  Rashaunda Henderson, SMART Hub/University of Texas at Dallas

4:20      Closing Panel:  Answering Today’s Challenges and Addressing Future Considerations: All Speakers

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Charles Baylis, Ph.D., is director of SMART Hub at Baylor University and professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, where he has served since 2008. His research interests include real-time, reconfigurable microwave circuitry and waveform optimization for spectral coexistence, efficiency and linearity in power amplifier design, spectrum engineering and policy, nonlinear microwave measurements, and related system applications. He is founding chair of the Texas Symposium on Wireless and Microwave Circuits and Systems. He was a member of the  North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) SET-182 Research Task Group on Spectrum Engineering. Baylis holds a PhD, Electrical Engineering, an MSEE, Electrical Engineering, and a BSEE, Electrical Engineering with Minor in Mathematics all from the University of South Florida.

Andrew Clegg, Ph.D., is the spectrum engineering lead for Google. He is presently focused primarily on identifying spectrum sharing opportunities for wireless broadband networks. Prior to joining Alphabet and Google, he served as the electromagnetic spectrum manager for the U.S. National Science Foundation. Prior to NSF, he was a Lead Member of Technical Staff at what is now AT&T Mobility, and senior engineer at Comsearch. Andy has over 25 years’ experience in national and international spectrum management for both government and commercial applications. He was a member of the U.S. delegation to two World Radiocommunication Conferences (2007 and 2012). He holds a PhD in radio astronomy and electrical engineering from Cornell University. At SMART Hub, Clegg is a Senior Research Scientist and Team Lead of Passive Systems.