The WHISPERS team invites participants from national laboratories, academic institutions, instrument developers and cellular equipment and service providers to address future access, use and technology development for the allocated spectrum.

University of Virginia Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is well known for its world-class photonics and high frequency diodes. Research bridges quantum science, communication and engineering, from nano-scale electronic and photonic devices to large-scale computer systems, and from communication and control systems to signal processing and data analysis algorithms. ECE faculty lead cutting-edge research in ultra low-power chip design. ECE faculty and students continue a long-standing tradition in computer engineering, medical imaging, signals and systems, and machine learning research.

Northwestern University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Northwestern University contributes expertise in wireless networking, spectrum sharing, machine learning for wireless networks and network economics. Northwestern’s Communications and Networking Lab has stood at the forefront of these issues for many years. Both the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense have funded the lab’s research. Laboratory staff also have a successful track record of industrial collaborations with Intel, Nokia, Motorola, Ford and Cisco.

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Founded in 1956, the NRAO provides state-of-the-art radio telescope facilities for use by the international scientific community. NRAO telescopes are open to all astronomers regardless of institutional or national affiliation. Observing time on NRAO telescopes is available on a competitive basis to qualified scientists after evaluation of research proposals on the basis of scientific merit, the capability of the instruments to do the work, and the availability of the telescope during the requested time. NRAO also provides both formal and informal programs in education and public outreach for teachers, students, the general public, and the media.

Virginia Diodes

Virginia Diodes manufactures state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment for mm-wave and THz applications. These products include vector network analyzer, spectrum analyzer and signal generator extension modules that extend the capability of high performance microwave measurement tools to higher frequencies. VDI's component products include detectors, mixers, frequency multipliers and custom systems for reliable operation at frequencies between 50 GHz and 2 THz. All VDI components include in-house fabricated GaAs Schottky diodes and microelectronic filter structures.