SpectrumX leadership, researchers attend NASEM CORF at CU Boulder to present on center, pressing issues in spectrum policy, security

By Christina Clark

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU) hosted the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)’s Committee on Radio Frequencies (CORF) Fall meeting on October 3-4, 2023.  CORF considers the needs for radio frequency requirements and interference protection for scientific and engineering research, coordinates the views of U.S. scientists, and acts as a channel for representing the interests of U.S. scientists.

Phil Erickson, SpectrumX research partner and associate director at MIT’s Haystack Observatory, attended the meeting in a unique role both as a member of CORF and also SpectrumX.

“CORF’s extensive and long-standing work in protection of scientific and engineering research use of the radio spectrum continues to rely on a keen awareness of the rapidly evolving and complex trends in radio frequency spectrum usage, and also on high bandwidth discussions with the widely distributed and diverse users of this spectrum,” said Erickson. “These setpoints are very well aligned with SpectrumX’s projects and community efforts. Exchanges from SpectrumX partners during CORF panels were information-rich and thought provoking. Ultimately, this important event benefitted both groups, further advancing co-existence strategies and innovations for maintaining and expanding scientific progress on fundamental remote sensing of our planet and the universe.”

Scott Palo, associate director of SpectrumX and Victor Charles Schelke endowed professor at CU, was the local host for the meeting and gave an overview of SpectrumX on the first day of the session. Later, Keith Gremban, SpectrumX member and research professor at CU, gave an overview of Silicon Flatirons which focuses on the future of law, policy, and entrepreneurship in the digital age. Before the lunch break on Tuesday, SpectrumX research partner and CU professor Al Gasiewski gave a science talk titled “Perspectives on Preserving Passive EESS Capabilities” to the meeting.

The afternoon included a session titled “Protecting passive use of the spectrum – building on the current frequency-based approaches,” which hosted panelists from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Google, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and Starlink/SpaceX. 

After the sessions concluded, participants were able to visit National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) labs in the Boulder area.

Learn more and see the public meeting agenda here: https://www.nationalacademies.org/event/41005_10-2023_committee-on-radio-frequencies-2023-fall-meeting

About SpectrumX

SpectrumX is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of its Spectrum Innovation Initiative, under grant number AST 21-32700. SpectrumX is the world’s largest academic hub where all radio spectrum stakeholders can innovate, collaborate, and contribute to maximizing social welfare of this precious resource.

To learn more about SpectrumX, please visit spectrumx.org.

Christina Clark, Research Communications Specialist
SpectrumX / Notre Dame Research / University of Notre Dame
cclark26@nd.edu / 574.631.2665