Team SCATTER, consisting of researchers from 2 ORCA partners, imec (the only Europeans participating in the competition!) and Rutgers University, was one of the 10 winning teams of the Preliminary Round of DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge Awards. Top teams introduce various methods to collaborate autonomously and overcome spectrum scarcity.


Competitors came together this month for the preliminary round of DARPA’s Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, MD. This was the first event of the three-year long tournament designed to generate new wireless paradigms and access strategies in which radio networks enhanced with artificial intelligence (AI) will autonomously collaborate and reason about how to share the increasingly congested electromagnetic (EM) spectrum. Months of development and hundreds of scrimmage hours paid off for 10 teams, who each walked away from the December 13 event with $750,000 in prize money. The winning teams demonstrated software defined radio (SDR) designs that were most effective at collaborating with competing radio designs to jointly optimize spectrum usage.

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