Third Workshop, Jan 2018


The 3rd workshop of the mmW RCN will be held on Jan 18-19, 2018 in Tucson, AZ, on the campus of the University of Arizona. Steering committee member Marwan Krunz is the local host.

University of Arizona, Student Union Memorial Center
Level 3, South Ballroom
1303 E. University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85721
Student Union Map, and Campus Map with Directions from University Park Hotel to the Union
Youtube Live Stream (day 2 keynotes, panel)
Youtube livestream link 1 ( day 1, keynotes, panels)
Youtube livestream link 2 (day 1, posters, demos)

Required Registration Link (12.3.17): $100 for academic attendees without accepted white paper (or additional attendees for accepted white papers beyond the reimbursed author), and $150 for non-academic attendees to cover the catering costs.

Logistics (11.7.17) (including hotel information and location)

Agenda (updated 1.16.18, 12.27.17, 11.9.17)

Hands-on Session (NI): Day 2, Jan 19, 2018, 1-4pm

Parking: Parking on campus can be challenging. If you are staying at the Tucson University Park or Aloft Tucson University hotels, we highly recommend that you take the short walk from the hotel to the Student Union. If you are staying at the Homewood Suites, the hotel has its own complimentary shuttle to the UA campus (check with the hotel for details). Participants who still prefer to drive to campus can park at the 2nd St. Parking Garage close to the Student Union (see the campus map). Parking fee is $2/hour. Please note that visitors are not guaranteed to find parking space.


Call for Participation (10.24.17)

Important Deadlines:

  • Nov 13, 2017: Extended deadline – Nov 17, 2017: one-page white paper submission
  • Nov 24, 2017: notification of white paper selection (Nov 29 – delayed notification)
  • Dec 1, 2017:  Dec 4, 2017: workshop registration deadline (for accepted white papers)
  • Dec 19, 2017: travel (air and hotel) reservation deadline (for reimbursed attendees)

Description: The NSF-sponsored research coordination network (RCN) aims to spur research and development of mmW wireless, driven by innovations in three key areas: 1) CSP: communication and signal processing techniques;  2) HW: mmW hardware, circuits, antennas, and digital hardware; and 3) NET: wireless networking; along with mmW prototypes and testbeds. The kickoff workshop, held in Dec 2016, generated several exciting ideas for cross-disciplinary collaborations. The second workshop, held in July 2017, further developed the research and technology roadmap at the intersection of HW-CSP and CSP-NET areas, and prototypes and testbeds. Building on the 2nd workshop, the third workshop will emphasize the following areas:

  • Research ideas and demonstration concepts at the interface of CSP-HW and CSP-NET areas, including new channel and measurement models.
  • Integration of channel models into system-level and network-level design and simulation.
  • Combining measurements and ray tracing for accurate channel models.
  • Research issues driven by mmW standards, including 5G NR (new radio), WiGig, and 802.11ay.
  • Spectrum sensing, sharing, and access issues.
  • Innovations in prototype and testbed development (especially lower cost approaches).
  • Research ideas and challenges for mmW wireless at frequencies above 40 GHz (40-300GHz).
  • The role of machine learning techniques in system design and optimization.
  • System- and network-level analysis of integrated fixed wireless, backhaul, and access networks.
  • New and emerging use cases, including AR/VR and drone-based networks.
  • Synergistic approaches from other applications such as imaging, radar and sensing.
  • “Moonshot” problems (5-year and 10-year timeframe) for active academic-industrial collaboration.

Participation & White Papers: Prospective participants are invited to submit a one-page white paper outlining their research plans and/or demonstration concepts relevant to mmW wireless, including a brief description of their background in the area. The authors are encouraged to consult the agenda, posters and reports from the first two workshops at The white papers (pdf) should be emailed to Postdoctoral and early-career researchers as well as researchers from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged. Limited funding is available to support the travel cost for academic researchers, including a few international participants, for selected white papers. Please indicate in your white paper if you will be unable to attend without travel support. Accepted white papers will be presented as posters/demos at the workshop. Attendees without white papers, especially from industry, are encouraged to attend, subject to space availability.