Monthly Archives: January 2011


I’ll be presenting a poster, “Characterization of Error in a Near-Field Electromagnetic Ranging Real-Time Location System,” at the 2011 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium this afternoon at 13:30 in the Solano ballroom. My collaborators, John Unden, Chris Weil (now at Georgia Tech), and I collected and analyzed over four hundred […]

IEEE RWS 2011: “Characterization of Error in a NFER RTLS”


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I’m participating in a panel discussion: “Ultra-Wideband(UWB) Technology: Past, Present, and Future” at the 2011 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium today, Wednesday January 19 at 11:50 – 13:00 in room Solana ABCD. Organized by Dr. Faranak Nekoogar (author of Ultra-Wideband Communications: Fundamentals and Applications), my fellow panelists are slated to […]

IEEE RWS 2011: UWB Technology- Past, Present, and Future



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I’ll be presenting a paper, “On the Origins of RF-Based Location,” at the 2011 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium this morning at 8:00 in room Cira A. The paper collects together the pre-WWII material I’ve blogged about under the History of RF-Based Location category here at ÆtherCzar. This paper will provide […]

IEEE RWS 2011: “On the Origins of RF-Based Location”


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The 2011 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium kicks off today in Phoenix, Arizona. ÆtherCzar will be live-blogging the proceedings. If you are in attendance, I look forward to seeing you around the conference and particularly at my three formal appearances (all on Wednesday): Paper Presentation: “On the Origins of RF-Based […]

2011 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium Begins



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As noted previously on ÆtherCzar, the FCC recently issued an NPRM proposing to reform the Experimental Radio Service (ERS). While many of the reform ideas are welcomed, the Commission proposes offering favorable treatment to academic researchers over researchers in industry. This policy is difficult to justify since most technological development […]

Wireless Innovation by Small Businesses


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As noted previously on ÆtherCzar, the FCC recently issued an NPRM proposing to offer favorable treatment to academic researchers over researchers in industry. Yesterday, ÆtherCzar presented evidence from wide-ranging studies showing that industry, not academia is the principal fountainhead of innovation. This previous research did not specifically address wireless technology, […]

Who Invented RFID: Industry or Academia?



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In yesterday’s post,  FCC Overhauls Experimental Licensing to Favor Academia Over Industry, I explained how a recent Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) would offer academic researchers preferred status over researchers with non-academic affiliations. The NPRM justifies this discriminatory treatment on the grounds that that universities are “a powerhouse for […]

Academic Science and the Origins of Technology




There’s yet another book out attempting to inspire what ÆtherCzar has dubbed “antennaphobia:” Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family by Devra Davis, Ph.D. I haven’t had time to read it, but I’ll pass on this […]

More Antennaphobia: Devra Davis’s “Disconnect”


It’s been slow this month at ÆtherCzar, with a couple of weeks off from regular daily posting. Here are the highlights for December: The month began with some sad news – back-to-back obituaries for Dr. Robert E. Collins and Dr. Carl Baum. Many media outlets confuse scans from X-ray backscatter […]

ÆtherCzar: Best of December 2010