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Spectrum Economics

Event Date: July 6, 2017
Speaker: Prof. Randall Berry
Speaker Affiliation: Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Northwestern University
Time: 10:00am
Location: MSEE 239
Contact Name: Professor Shreyas Sundaram
Contact Phone: 765-49-60406
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School or Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Access to electromagnetic spectrum is the lifeblood of the wireless industry. This industry has seen rapid growth in demand for wireless data, which is projected to continue for the next several years. Meeting the demand will require that wireless data services have access to additional spectrum. It is widely recognized that this in turn will require new approaches for spectrum management. In particular various mechanisms for sharing spectrum  are attracting much interest.  These approaches raise not only technical challenges but also can fundamentally impact the economic interactions among wireless service providers. This talk will discuss several models that seek to understand the interaction between economics and spectrum sharing technologies.


Randall Berry joined Northwestern University in 2000, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He received the M.S. and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1996 and 2000, respectively. His undergraduate education was at the University of Missouri-Rolla, where he received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1993. In 1998 he was on the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Advanced Networks Group. 

Dr. Berry is the recipient of a 2003 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.  He is an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2013-14. He has served as an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications from 2006 to 2009, and an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory from 2009 to 2011, in the area of communication networks. He has served on the program and organizing committees of numerous conferences including serving as the co-chair of the 2012 IEEE Communication Theory Workshop and a technical co-chair of 2010 IEEE ICC Wireless Networking Symposium. He is an IEEE Fellow.