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Wireless Symposium and Summer School

12:00 AM - 8:00 AM on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Location: The Inn at Virginia Tech

The 2013 Wireless Symposium and Summer School will occur May 29-31. The event will feature two special panel sessions, eight technical presentations, numerous posters, and twelve half-day tutorials.


On behalf of the faculty, students, and staff of Wireless @ Virginia Tech, it is our pleasure to welcome you to our 23rd annual wireless symposium.

We are honored to have three distinguished speakers to highlight our symposium. “The Mobility Revolution” kick-off keynote address will be delivered by Mr. Russ McGuire, VP Strategy at Sprint. He will take us on an exploration of how the mobility revolution can improve our lives and change the world in which we live. Mr. Thomas C. Power, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the Telecommunications Office of Science & Technology Policy | Executive Office of the President, will deliver the second keynote address, titled “Spectrum Policy: The View from Washington.” Mr. Power will share his perspective on the benefits and challenges of spectrum sharing. The first Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Mr. Aneesh Chopra, will be the distinguished guest speaker during lunch on Thursday.

A new feature this year is the introduction of two panel sessions: “Medical Use of Wireless Hospital Room of the Future” and “Wireless Engineer Entrepreneurs.” These panels feature participants from across the US, from academia, regulatory agencies, and venture industry.

This year's symposium once again has a strong collection of oral presentations and posters. The oral presentation sessions focus on recent advances in cognitive and software defined radio, WiFi performance and security, and the planning, finger printing, and perfect signal reconstruction issues encountered in wireless communications. The poster presentations offer a wide variety of contributions in wireless, providing an opportunity to browse many research topics at your own pace and engage in more detailed discussion with the authors.

As you may expect, this year's summer school offers a dozen tutorials in key areas of wireless communications and networks, presented by an equal mix of academic experts and industry insiders. These tutorials provide an excellent opportunity for wireless professionals to learn about the basics, specialties, and emerging technologies in various areas of wireless communications. The topics are cutting edge and range from theoretical analytical approaches to interference alignment in wireless networks, to antenna design and analysis, crossing security, privacy, and regulatory compliance issues, and covering data mining and disaster recovery communications, to mention a few.

The symposium always provides enjoyable opportunities for networking with other wireless professionals and to catch up with old friends, especially during the Thursday evening party.

Again, welcome and thanks for your support of our symposium. We look forward to another successful and enjoyable event.


The registration fee for the symposium is $720. Full-time students may register at a rate of $575. (A valid student ID is required). The presenter fee is $660. All fees for registration include participation in all activities, including tutorials, CD-ROM proceedings from technical and poster presentations, lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, all refreshment breaks, and the Thursday evening party.
All presenters of technical papers and posters must register by April 26, 2013. All other participants should register by May 15, 2013, to take advantage of the early bird registration fee. Registration fees will increase by $100 after the registration deadline of May 15. You may register by calling (540) 231-5182. Online registration available here.

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds will be honored when received seven calendar days prior to the program; however, another person may be substituted at any time. A $100 administrative fee will be deducted for cancellations. In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including cancellation or change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations. Refunds will not be made to technical or poster presenters once the proceedings have been sent to media services for production.


The symposium will be held at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center located on the Blacksburg, VA campus.

For your convenience, a block of discounted lodging rooms, $127.00 single/double, per night plus tax, are being held at The Inn. To make reservations, please call The Inn at (540) 231-8000 or toll free at (877) 200-3360. Be sure to mention the name of the symposium when making your reservations. Lodging reservations for The Inn must be made by April 29, 2013. Lodging accommodations may also be acquired at Comfort Suites (formerly Hawthorn Suites), (540) 552-5636, Hilton Garden Inn Blacksburg, (540) 552-5005, or Holiday Inn University, (540) 552-7001.


The SmartWay Bus commuter service is an excellent alternative for traveling between the Roanoke Regional Airport and Virginia Tech. For more information, please visit their website at If you plan to travel on the SmartWay Bus, please notify The Inn at 540-231-8000 and their shuttle service will pick you up at the SmartWay Bus stop in Blacksburg.

If you need additional information regarding the symposium, please contact Jenny Frank, Conference Coordinator, via email or by telephone at (540) 231-2971.