Knowledge Representation for Dynamic Spectrum Policy
Posted on: May 2, 2018

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute News
May 1, 2018

By: Mary L. Martialay

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Tetherless World Professor of Computer Science Deborah McGuinnesshas received a three-year, $1.77 million award to develop digital knowledge infrastructure as part of the Dynamic Spectrum Access Policy Development project, initiated as part of a reallocation of sections of the federally controlled radio frequency spectrum. “When segments of broadcast airwaves are reallocated, new users can’t simply broadcast at will. There are policies that govern the area over which they may broadcast, the duration of the broadcast, and the volume of information transmitted, considerations that become particularly complex as the variety and volume of broadcast requests increase,” said McGuinness, an expert in digital knowledge representation and reasoning languages. “Our work makes it possible to consistently represent and reason with those policies.”

Earlier this year, the project agreement holder, LGS Innovations, a member of the National Spectrum Consortium, announced a three-year $14.5 million award for the Dynamic Spectrum Access Policy Development project. The project, working closely with the Airforce Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Rome, New York, as its government technical representative, will develop spectrum management policies for Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) radio networks.  Rensselaer will work with LGS Innovations and its partners on the project. As the agreement holder for the DSA Policy Development project, LGS Innovations is responsible for modeling, designing, developing, and running test beds for rule validation, verification, and integration of the entire system. LGS innovations also is the lead for the RF environmental awareness sub-system that provides real-time RF environmental awareness to dynamically adjust spectrum allocation policies and achieve improvements in radio networks. 

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