496 First Projects
First Project Groups
First Round of OUTPUTS
- Campus Wireless Emergency Notification Group #1: campus cell coverage data
- Campus Wireless Emergency Notification Group #2: university emerg. notif. tech. report (pros cons? diff. techs.? etc.)
- $10K Wireless Network: presentation to Lt. Gov.'s Broadband Deployment Council, survey of past grantees
- Dirty Laundry of Tech. Standards: "Story Bank" survey/application, IRB application for research project
- Tribal Digital Village: rough documentary screenplay, logistics, misc. for trip over spring break
- Is Unlicensed Spectrum Full?: whitepaper
- Does Spectrum Policy Speed Tech. Adoption: survey of 2.4 and 5 GHz rules in 31 "accelerator" countries
Tribal Digital Village
Produce educational materials related to TDV. This could involve visiting them (in person over spring break?), interviewing them (both networking guys and users), documenting their own network design and the successes/failures they've had, making a budget or instructions if you wanted to build a similar system, etc. UPDATE: this now involves working producing on a short documentary film.
Dirty Laundry of Technology Standards
Identify tech standards "insiders" from industry and interview them about the real story inside standard setting. Ask for dirty laundry, remarkable personal stories, etc. then write up anonymously in order to humanize this dry area that few people write about.
- Chris J.
Spectrum Policy Metablog
Metablogs are blogs of other blogs. Spectrum Policy Research needs a Spectrum Policy metablog: someone who would like to help create a metablog of the best spectrum policy blogs out there -- e.g., identifying and contacting authors, getting feeds, aggregating them, etc. This would be a simple thing to do but it would be a GREAT help to the policy community.
$10,000 Wireless Network
With an imaginary $10,000 budget, could you design and build a "public interest" wireless network that would be useful to a community in Illinois? For what "public interest" purpose (e.g. safety, education, economic development, etc.) would you build the network? How could you get the most "bang for your buck"?
- Chris K.
Does Better Spectrum Policy Speed Tech Adoption?
Some countries adopt ICTs at rates much higher than you would expect given their national income (Some examples are: Estonia, South Korea, Lebanon, Turkey, Nigeria, Bulgaria, Kenya, Costa Rica). Is there something about their spectrum policies that they have in common, which may contribute to this phenomenon? (it may be that they share a similar set of policies, OR a similar political culture or process of setting policy) [One of our advisors has offered us data about technology adoption in these and other countries.]
Campus Wireless Emergency Notification
Wireless doesn't work for emergency notification in school shootings because carriers have limits on how many text messages a user (?) can send at one time. UIUC just spent $100,000 on such a system but it may not help in a real emergency. How do these systems work? Is there a better way to protect students? Output: Come up with recommendations for universities.
(NEEDS TO BE SPLIT into two groups)
- Chris B.
Is Unlicensed Spectrum Full? When will it be?
Use spectrum analyzer to do a more complete survey of the 2.4 slice of unlicensed spectrum. When will there be so many Wi-Fi APs and wireless video game controllers that this spectrum will no longer work? This involves learning to use portable spectrum analyzers. Driving around. Etc. (This project is harder than it looks because the answer depends on so many factors.) Possibly link to the above RED Project.