J. Wayde Allen; Timothy X. Brown


The International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies (ISART) originated as a forum to explore the current state of the radio art and to identify directions in which the technology would likely evolve in the future. While the early ISART meetings tended to focus on specific areas of technology, it is clear that an understanding of the big picture requires a more inclusive point of view. After all, the development and deployment of radio technology is not driven solely by technical know–how. Certainly understanding the underlying technology clarifies what is theoretically possible, but the development of new products and services also depends on what existing policies and regulations allow, as well as what makes economic sense. Similarly, it would be a critical mistake to make business decisions or enact new regulations without a solid understanding of the radio science.

With this in mind, the ISART conferences have evolved to provide a more holistic view of the radio art. Rather than providing a purely technical focus, ISART now strives to bring together a diverse collection of people from academia, business, and government agencies to discuss these issues in a common forum. Assembling this group of business experts, technologists, and government regulators so they can share their points of view and debate issues during round table discussions makes a deeper exploration of the intricacies of the radio art possible.

Two specific changes were made to the ISART program this year. The first of these was adding a fourth day to the meeting. This was done to include more discussion on topics related to spectrum usage, management, policy and regulation. There are a number of controversial topics that will undoubtedly be discussed during these sessions. One of these is the question of how to create regulations that support the deployment of new technology such as ultrawideband. Another is the debate about whether the spectrum is a finite resource that should be treated as private property or if instead it should be open for relatively unregulated public use.

The other change establishes ISART as a place for speakers to publish papers. The new "ISART Proceedings" gives the radio community a resource in the form of an NTIA/ITS special publication where ideas spanning a number of disciplines can be recorded for peer review and reference. Not only does this allow speakers to provide more detail describing theoretical concepts, data, and/or methodology than is possible in an oral presentation, the call–for–paper process also gives the radio community a way to suggest presentation topics on subjects that the ISART Technical Committee might otherwise not have known about. Publication of this first issue of the ISART Proceedings is just the next step in growing ISART as a valuable community resource supporting the future of radio.

Keywords: Broadband; RF; propagation; spectrum; radio; communication; telecommunication; network; antenna; software; 3G; electromagnetic; International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies; ISART; regulation; 802.11; cellular; policy; safety; satellite security; wireless

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