Allen B. MacKenzie

Professor MacKenzie appointed to CSMAC

In October 2016, Professor MacKenzie was appointed to the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) for a two-year term. This committee advises the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information on major spectrum policy issues for the benefit of the American people. Committee members offer expertise and perspectives on reforms to enable new technologies and services.

This committee is primarily advisory to the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), which is an agency of the Department of Commerce. In the United States, radio spectrum regulation is handled by two agencies: The NTIA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC is an independent agency of the U.S. government and manages the commercial use of the radio frequency spectrum; the NTIA, situated in the Department of Commerce, manages the radio frequency spectrum for U.S. Federal Government users.

Professor MacKenzie will attend his first CSMAC meeting in January, 2017.


E.T.S. Walton Visitor Award

Professor MacKenzie was awarded an E.T.S. Walton Visitor Award from the Science Foundation of Ireland for the 2012-2013 academic year. This award will enable him to spend the 2012-2013 academic year on study-research leave from Virginia Tech. During the year, he will be based at CTVR: the telecommunications research centre at Trinity College Dublin. Professor MacKenzie will be working, broadly, on technology and policy solutions for dynamic spectrum sharing in wireless networks and economic models of such solutions. More specifically, he will be studying automated spectrum negotiation between autonomous radio systems.

Congratulations Graduates, Welcome New Students

Congratulations to the graduates from the research group this Spring:

  • Mohammed Baidas, Ph.D. Mohammed will be a faculty member at Kuwait University.
  • Frank Bieberly, M.S. Frank has accepted a position at MIT Lincoln Laboratories.
  • Ryan Irwin, Ph.D. Ryan has accepted a position with Raytheon BBN Technologies.

And we welcome to two new students:

  • Varuni Katti Sastry, an M.S. student, joined the group this Spring. She is working on game theoretic models of network sharing between cellular and WiFi network operators. This is part of a collaborative research project with the Centre for Wireless Communications at the University of Oulu, Finland, where Varuni will spend two months this summer.
  • Gayathri Ramasubramanian, an M.S. student joined the group this Summer. She will be working on the FINS Framework project.

Summer 2011

My goal for the next academic year will be at least one roundup post each semester. But for now, a summer update. I have updated all of the pages on the site (linked from the tabs above) in the last week or so!

Several members of the group are visiting other places this summer:

  • Abdallah Abdallah is starting a six-month internship at Intel in Santa Clara, California in July.
  • Uchenna Anyanwu is spending another summer working with Luiz DaSilva and Linda Doyle at CTVR in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.  He is work on the implementation of medium access control in the IRIS software radio framework using the new USRP Embedded (E100) hardware.
  • Frank Bieberly is working on a summer internship at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

In addition, we have a couple of undergraduates working with our group in Blacksburg this summer:

  • Kevin Burns is a rising Senior in Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is working on an external control interface for the FINS Framework.
  • Mark Hutcheson is a rising Junior in Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is working on ICMP and TCP modules for the FINS Framework.

Two new graduate students will join the group in the Fall. More to come!

Summer Happenings

A better-late-than-never update from Summer 2010.

Several members of the group visited other places this summer:

  • Uchenna Anyanwu spent the summer working with Luiz DaSilva and Linda Doyle at CTVR in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.  He worked on the implementation of medium access control in the IRIS software radio platform.
  • Amr Hilal had a summer internship with Google.
  • Ryan Irwin had a summer internship with Raytheon/BBN Technologies.
  • Yongsheng Shi had a summer internship with Qualcomm.

In addition, we have several visitors to our group in Blacksburg this summer:

And, we have one new group member that joined this summer:

  • Frank Bieberly  has been working on heterogeneous computing in GNU Radio, using the DSP on a Beagle Board.  Frank earned his B.S. from Northwestern University and then spent five years in the US Navy.