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Notice and Call for Papers

The Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the University of Texas at Austin is pleased to invite you to submit a paper to the 2nd annual Wireless Networking Symposium this October 20-22 in Austin, Texas. Last year's conference was very successful, with more than 300 academic and industrial leaders in attendance. This year the symposium will follow the same format, and it promises to be bigger and better.

The schedule of events includes plenary talks and panel discussions on October 20 and 21, and parallel technical sessions on Oct. 22. Papers will be presented during one of the Friday sessions, pending review of all abstracts.

Original abstracts will be accepted for consideration until JULY 15, 2004. If you are interested in submitting a paper for the 2004 WNCG Wireless Networking Symposium, please see the Call for Papers at http://www.ece.utexas.edu/wncg/events/symposium2004/cfp2004.php or in Adobe PDF format at http://www.ece.utexas.edu/wncg/events/symposium2004/cfp2004.pdf.

Many distinguished speakers for the 2004 symposium have already been confirmed, and the list promises interesting talks on many cutting-edge aspects of the wireless industry. Some of the speakers include:

  • Dr. Ahmad Bahai, Chief Technologist & Fellow, National Semiconductor. California, USA.
  • Stuart Benjamin, Professor of Law, Duke University, and an expert on spectrum policy. North Carolina, USA.
  • Dr. Joe Evans, Program Director, Programmable Wireless Networks, National Science Foundation. Virginia, USA.
  • Dr. David Goodman, Professor, Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, and former Head of Communications Research at Bell Labs. New York, USA.
  • Bill Gurley, Partner, Benchmark Capital, and author of the popular "Above The Crowd" telecommunications newsletter. California, USA.
  • Dr. Ki-Ho Kim, Vice President, I_Networking Lab, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology. Korea.
  • Dr. Lawrence Milstein, Professor, UCSD, and a pioneer on Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). California, USA.
  • Dr. Andrew Odlyzko, Professor and Director of the Digital Technology Center, University of Minnesota. Dr. Odlyzko is a renowned number theorist and famous for his predictions on the Internet growth rate, amongst other popular technology topics. Minnesota, USA.
  • Angelo Santinelli, General Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners. Massachusetts, USA.
  • Dr. Raj Singh, Founder, LCC International, Telcom Ventures, XM Satellite Radio, and Aether Systems. Virginia, USA.

Plan on joining this exciting conference to learn the latest happenings in wireless networking and communications!

Registration is now available online at https://lifelong.engr.utexas.edu/wncg/checkout.cfm?course_num=827&course_type=short.

Please contact Katherine White for Symposium sponsorship opportunities or potential speaking opportunities at kmwhite@mail.utexas.edu or 512 471 2602.

Check the WNCG website at www.wncg.org for the latest developments in this fantastic wireless event!


Wireless Forecast: Wireless Survey of Trends, Technologies, and Workforce Needs in Texas

We would like to include your opinion in the wireless forecast for the State of Texas. The report's purpose is to highlight important industry, market and technology trends as well as determining the workforce and curricula needs of the wireless industry in Texas.

To thank you for your time we will send you a free copy of the report. The first 50 participants who complete the 10 minute survey will receive a printed version of the report mailed as soon as copies are available.

Please follow this link to participate in this study and to register for your free report. Survey deadline is August 21st.

The Texas State Technical College System and the IC² Institute at UT-Austin thank you for your participation.

Sherry Holdridge
IC² Institute, The University of Texas at Austin

P.S. Please forward this email to your contacts in the wireless industry that would help us provide a comprehensive report.

P.S.S. If you would like to read the report we created for Austin's Wireless Future follow this link.


Statewide Internet 'Hotspots' Proposed By TxDOT

The Texas Department of Transportation piloted free wireless at a couple of rest areas in Donley and Hardeman counties. After positive feedback on the service, TxDot plans to expand the service to all of its 84 safety rest areas and 12 Travel Information Centers. [Link]


Wi-Fi: If Not Free, Then How?

Joanne Glasner in Wired Newsconsiders the business model for Wi-Fi. [Link]

"Wi-Fi wants to be free," said John Yunker, an analyst at Byte Level Research who follows wireless technology. He believes high-speed wireless access will evolve over the next several years into a freebie service, much like cable television or air-conditioning in hotel rooms, that customers come to expect at cafes, airports and conference centers.

For surviving Wi-Fi players to remain afloat, Yunker believes, they'll have to change their business models, offer more all-you-can-surf plans and cut prices. For those who do charge, he believes customers will be comfortable paying rates of about $4 a month for unlimited access to a network of hot spots.


Qualcomm to open Austin chip design center

Leader in wireless technology has posted 20 job categories on its Web site for the Austin center.

Qualcomm Inc., a leader in the wireless industry, said Friday that it will open a chip design center in Austin.

The company said it would start hiring at the end of the month for the center. (Full story at the Austin American-Statesman. Registration required.


Dell Joins WNCG Industrial Affiliates Program

AUSTIN, TEXAS – June 3, 2004 – The Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) announced today that Dell has joined WNCG as an Industrial Affiliate sponsor. WNCG, a leading academic research center at the University of Texas, involves more than 12 engineering professors and 70 graduate and undergraduate students who are pursuing cutting edge research in next generation wireless technologies for both licensed and unlicensed services. Dell joins a list of preeminent wireless companies that have committed multi-year funding for WNCG research and teaching initiatives.

"Dell sees strong alignment between our wireless integration strategy and WNCG’s leading-edge research in key areas such as embedded antenna design and wireless roaming," said Liam Quinn, director of communications technology strategy for Dell. "We are looking forward to this great opportunity to work with some of the top minds in wireless research."

Ted Rappaport, WNCG's founder, director, and the William and Bettye Nowlin Chaired professor in UT's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is equally enthusiastic about the partnership. Rappaport commented, "Dell is the world-wide leader in personal computers and mobility products that will increasingly demand wireless connectivity in the coming years. We are extremely pleased to be able to work closely with Dell and to provide research results that will enable them to create future computing devices that enable broadband communications worldwide."

Wireless Unleashed

Wireless Unleashed is a group weblog for Open Spectrum advocates, featuring Kevin Werbach, Andrew Odlyzko, David Isenberg, and Clay Shirky as contributors.


Austin in Newsweek's Top 10 Wireless City

Austin is listed in the current (June 7) Newsweek as one of the top 10 wireless cities in the USA. [Link]

Austin is only the fourth largest city in Texas, but it stands out in one category (besides being the state capital and the home of the Longhorns): it has more free hotspots per capita than anywhere else in the country. Users can pay to hook up to the Internet at Starbucks, Kinko's, Borders or Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Or they can hop online in any of the city's 50 free hotspots downtown parks such as Republic Square and small independent stores such as Flipnotics Coffeespace and the Lovejoy Tap Room.
Note: the report lists 50 free hotspots, but there's actually over 100, with more coming on every week.