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This research coordination network (RCN) spans the important and timely area of millimeter-wave (mmW) wireless networks that is the focus of intense current research in academia and industry for achieving multi-Gigabit data rates and low latency as part of the emerging vision for 5G wireless networks. Due to its very nature, the research and development of mmW wireless networks is driven by innovations in three key areas:
1. CSP: communication and signal processing techniques,
2. HW: mmW hardware, circuits, and antennas, and digital hardware,
3. NET: wireless networking protocols,
including prototypes and testbeds. While there is significant ongoing research in all these areas, it is happening in relative isolation in the respective domains. However, there is a growing realization that harnessing the full potential of mmW wireless technology will require a coordinated approach that facilitates cross-fertilization of research advances in the various areas as well as across industry and academia. This RCN project is aimed at filling this gap and will bring academic and industrial researchers from all three areas, including international representatives, to facilitate cross-fertilization of ideas, and to guide and accelerate the development of mmW wireless technology and standards.
Steering Committee: The RCN includes a steering committee of sixteen leading researchers from industry and academia involved in mmW research and development, including representatives from the European mmMAGIC project and the NIST 5G Channel Modeling Alliance.
Workshops: A key mechanism for interaction between RCN participants will be through two annual workshops, tentatively in the Fall and the Spring (or Summer). The location of the meetings will rotate through home institutions of the SC members who will host the meetings. The SC members are expected to attend the meetings. Every meeting will be widely publicized to provide opportunities for new researchers to participate in the meetings and the project. New and junior researchers entering this field, as well as researchers from under-represented groups, are especially encouraged to participate in the workshops and the RCN activities.
Expected Contributions and Impact: We expect this RCN to greatly facilitate research and development in the timely and important area of mmW wireless by:
By coordinating research across various critical dimensions, this RCN project will enhance the collective impact of a number of research and development efforts in the US and around the globe anchored on mmW wireless technology. We expect the results of this project to play a leading role in advancing the state-of-the-art, shape the future directions in mmW research, influence the evolution and development of mmW wireless standards, and accelerate technology translation in this area.