Dr. Joseph Mitola, distinguished professor and VP of the Research Enterprise at Stevens Institute of Technology, was awarded the IEEE TCCN Recognition Award at the IEEE International Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks Symposium (IEEE DySPAN) held in Aachen, Germany, May 3-6.
The award recognizes Dr. Mitola's fundamental contributions to wireless communications as the founder of cognitive radio and his continued contributions in the field.
In his remarks at DySPAN, Dr. Mitola observed that it is no longer effective to think in terms of "strictly licensed or unlicensed bands," and promoted the use of dynamic spectrum databases at the FCC to holistically integrate out-of-band, low-power, high-speed wireless devices into a new "interference control" era. He also stressed the need to address security concerns to assure information and user privacy.
Dr. Mitola published the first technical paper on software radio architecture in 1991 and coined the term "cognitive radio" for the integration of machine perception of RF, visual and speech domains, along with machine learning, into software-defined radios (SDRs) to make dynamic spectrum access technically viable. His doctoral dissertation, Cognitive Radio (June 2000), created the first architecture for such autonomous radios.
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Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.