International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies (ISART)

The International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies (ISART) is a US government-sponsored conference that brings together government, academia, and industry leaders for the purpose of collaborating on groundbreaking developments and applications of advanced radio technologies.

ISART 2016: Spectrum Forensics

August 1-3, 2016 • Boulder, Colorado

ISART 2016 is the 16th in the series of high quality symposia bringing together the world's experts on advanced radio systems development. ISART 2016 is sponsored by the new Center for Advanced Communications, a joint effort between NTIA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that was announced in 2013.

The goals of this conference are to present updates on the current state of the art in spectrum compatibility analyses, research into improved spectrum analysis techniques, emerging technologies that further promote spectrum sharing, the means by which spectrum analyses may be adapted to accommodate new technologies, and, in turn, the means by which underlying technologies can be adapted to exploit spectrum sharing opportunities exposed in previous studies. The 2015 conference continued a focus on spectrum sharing that began with ISART 2010, encompassing discussion and debate on the technical, regulatory, and economic factors that influence the spectrum-sharing paradigm. Spectrum sharing offers opportunities and challenges; ISART offers a venue to explore and propose ways to overcome obstacles to development of a spectrum sharing infrastructure, business processes, and rules for federal and commercial sharing.

In the nature of a prequel, a tutorial will be offered August 1. The tutorial provides essential background for ISART participants who are not familiar with the FCC Enforcement Bureau’s criteria and process for both civil and criminal spectrum infringement investigations.

Engineers, mathematicians, and other participants interested in understanding the variety of techniques and added complexity of applying specific measurement and monitoring techniques to spectrum sharing analyses will particularly enjoy ISART 2016.

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Synopsis of ISART Panel Topics


Co-located Events

To take advantage of potential synergies, several no-cost spectrum research related events were scheduled during the same week as ISART.

CSMAC Meeting 1:00-5:00 pm on  August 1: The Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) advises the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at NTIA on a broad range of spectrum policy issues. Committee members are spectrum policy experts from outside the Federal government who offer expertise and perspective on reforms to enable new technologies and services, including reforms that expedite the American public's access to broadband services, public safety, and long-range spectrum planning. Members serve in a personal capacity and do not represent any organization or interest. CSMAC meets several times a year and meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit the CSMAC Meetings Web page.

WinnForum Spectrum Sharing Committee Meeting August 4 and 5, 2016
The Wireless Innovation Forum Spectrum Sharing Committee is an industry and government standards body that supports the development and advancement of spectrum sharing technologies based on the three-tier architecture proposed by the FCC's 3.55 GHz rulemaking. While the 3.55 GHz band was originally the main focus of this committee, the Wireless Innovation Forum aims to advance this technology for all applicable spectrum bands that can benefit from it.


ISART is hosted by the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences and sponsored by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration
The ISART website is hosted by ITS