IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks
11-14 November 2019 // Newark, NJ, USA


Workshop on mmWave Communications and Networking
November 14th, 2019 (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Workshop welcome and introduction (8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.)

Presenter: Tingjun Chen, Aravind Nagulu, and Harish Krishnaswamy (Columbia University)

Keynote #1 (8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.)

Title: 100-300GHz Spatially Multiplexed Communications and Imaging: IC, Transceiver, and Link Design

Speaker: Prof. Mark Rodwell (Family Chair, University of California, Santa Barbara)

Abstract: We describe the opportunities and the research challenges, presented in the development of 100-300GHz wireless communications and imaging systems. In such links, short wavelengths permit massive spatial multiplexing both for network nodes and point-point links. 100-300GHz imaging systems can provide tens of thousands of image pixels and ~0.1 degree angular resolution from small apertures, supporting foul-weather driving and aviation. Challenges include the mm-wave IC designs, the physical design of the front-end modules, the complexity of the back-end digital beamformer required for spatial multiplexing, and, for imaging, the development of system architectures requiring far fewer RF channels than the number of image pixels.

Bio: Mark Rodwell holds the Doluca Family Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSB and directs the SRC/DARPA Center for Converged TeraHertz Communications and Sensing. His research group develops nm and THz transistors, and high-frequency integrated circuits and systems. Prof. Rodwell received the 2010 IEEE Sarnoff Award, the 2012 Marconi Prize Paper Award, the 1997 IEEE Microwave Prize, the 2009 IEEE IPRM Conference Award, and the 1998 European Microwave Conference Microwave Prize.

Paper Session 1 (09:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.)

Note: Each paper has 20 minutes of content presentation plus 5 minutes for Q&A.

1.1 Machine Learning Aided Hybrid Beamforming in Massive-MIMO Millimeter Wave Systems
Authors: Mustafa S. Aljumaily and Husheng Li (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

1.2 Software-defined Radios to Accelerate mmWave Wireless Innovation
Authors: Kai Zheng, Aditya Dhananjay, Marco Mezzavilla (New York University and Pi-Ra¬dio Inc.), Arjuna Madanayake, Shubhendu Bharadwaj, Viduneth Ariyarathna (Florida International University), Abhimanyu Gosain, Tommaso Melodia, Francesco Restuccia, Josep Jornet (Northeastern University), Michele Polese, Michele Zorzi (University of Padova), Jim Buckwalter, Mark Rodwell (UC Santa Barbara), Soumyajit Mandal (Case Western Reserve University), Xin Wang (SUNY Stony Brook), Jaakko Haarla (Aalto University), and Vasilii Semkin (VTT Research Center)

Coffee Break (10:20 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.)

Keynote #2 (10:40 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.)

Title: The COSMOS Testbed - a Platform for Advanced Wireless, mmWave, and Optical experimentation

Speaker: Gil Zussman (Professor of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University)

Abstract: This talk will provide an overview of the COSMOS testbed (, that is being deployed as part of the NSF Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program, and of a mmWave measurement campaign conducted in order to support the testbed deployment effort. COSMOS (Cloud-Enhanced Open Software-Defined Mobile-Wireless Testbed for City-Scale Deployment) is being deployed in West Harlem (New York City) by Rutgers, Columbia, and NYU in partnership with NYC, CCNY, U. Arizona, IBM, and Silicon Harlem. It targets the technology “sweet spot” of ultra-high bandwidth and ultra-low latency, a capability that will enable a broad new class of applications including augmented/virtual reality and cloud-based autonomous vehicles. Realization of such high bandwidth/low latency wireless applications involves research not only on faster radio links, but also on the system as a whole including aspects such as spectrum use, networking, and edge computing. Hence, the key enabling technologies will include mmWave radios, software-defined radios, optical/SDN x-haul network, edge cloud, and testbed control and management software. We will discuss the enabling technologies as well as the deployment and outreach efforts. Moreover, to inform the COSMOS testbed deployment process we recently conducted an extensive 28 GHz channel measurement campaign which included over 24 million power measurements collected from over 1,500 links on 13 sidewalks in 3 different sites and in different settings. The observations derived from this campaign will be briefly presented.

The COSMOS testbed design and deployment is joint work with the COSMOS team ( The mmWave measurement results are based on joint work with Tingjun Chen, Manav Kohli, Tianyi Dai, Angel Daniel Estigarribia (Columbia U.), Dmitry Chizhik, Jinfeng Du (Nokia Bell Labs), Rodolfo Feick (UTFSM), Reinaldo A. Valenzuela (Nokia Bell Labs).

Bio: Gil Zussman received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technion in 2004. Between 2004 and 2007 he was a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT. Since 2007 he has been with Columbia University where he is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (affiliated faculty), and member of Data Science Institute. His research interests are in the area of networking, and in particular in the areas of wireless, mobile, and resilient networks. Gil received two Marie Curie fellowships, the Fulbright Fellowship, the DTRA Young Investigator Award, and the NSF CAREER Award. He is a co-recipient of seven best paper awards, including the ACM SIGMETRICS’06 Best Paper Award, the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication, and the ACM CoNEXT’16 Best Paper Award.

Paper Session 2 (11:25 a.m.  – 12:15 p.m.)

Note: Each paper/talk has 20 minutes of content presentation plus 5 minutes for Q&A.

2.1. Wind Sensing by Millimeter Wave Communications
Authors: Zhiyang Zhang, Jingchao Bao, Yawen Fan, and Husheng Li (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

2.2. Software Defined Phased Array: A vehicle for developing spatio-spectral resource sharing algorithms
Authors: Bodhisatwa Sadhu, Arun Paidimarri, Xiaoxiong Gu, and Alberto Valdes-Garcia (IBM Research)

Ending Remarks (12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Presenter:  Tingjun Chen, Aravind Nagulu, and Harish Krishnaswamy (Columbia University)