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ITS-Hosted Workshops


Tactical Encryption and Key Management Workshop

February 15 and 16, 2017 • U.S. Department of Commerce Boulder Laboratories

Objective: Explore solutions/ideas to the problem of how to dynamically key and re-key different groups with varying levels of access and for varying lengths of time using existing infrastructure or over an ad hoc network.

Today, encryption and key management (E&KM) is a process that can be onerous, difficult, and time-consuming. We hypothesize that advances in processing efficiency and networking technologies can greatly simplify (or perhaps even automate) E&KM thus enabling secure dynamic coalitions and information flow control in mobile, tactical applications. We further hypothesize that these secure, dynamic coalitions and information control schemes can be constructed and maintained without a central, off-site coordination authority. During this two-day unclassified workshop, we will look into the future to see what E&KM may look like and at the present to see what technologies can be leveraged to take us there. key and re-key different groups with varying levels of access and for varying lengths of time by utilizing using existing infrastructure or over an ad hoc network. The workshop is sponsored by DARPA and organized and hosted as a joint effort between ITS and the RAND Corporation.

Propagation Measurement Workshops (Webinars)

July 7, 14, and 28 and August 11, 2016

Objective: Develop draft best practices for propagation measurements to assess the impact of losses caused by clutter on estimates of aggregate interference to incumbent systems in the 3.5 GHz band.

As the FCC proceeds with rulemaking to open the 3.5 GHz band to sharing, a number of organizations have begun executing propagation loss measurements in the band. One important goal of these measurements is to assess the impact of clutter (man-made structures and foliage) on estimates of pathloss for use in aggregate interference models. This is a new research question and no standardized best practices exist for this type of measurement. The objective of these initial virtual meetings was to bring together researchers from government, academia, and industry to discuss key requirements for measurement system design and validation. ITS hosted a series of four Webinars which included a kick-off meeting, a system architecture meeting, a propagation modelling meeting, and an uncertainty/current best practices meeting. The webinars were hosted by WInnForum and organized by ITS. More information here ...