Virtual Seminar #3

Dear TCCN fellow members,

Please find our 3rd free virtual seminar organised by the IEEE ComSoc TCCN on “Where No Cognitive Radio Has Gone Before: Machine Learning” delivered by Prof. Alexander Wyglinski.

Time and date: EDT 9:00am-10:00am (BST 14:00-15:00), Thursday, 3rd September 2020
Venue: online, registration via
Title: Where No Cognitive Radio Has Gone Before: Machine Learning
Presenter: Prof. Alexander Wyglinski, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA


In May 2017, the first-ever space-based cognitive radio experiments were performed using the NASA SCaN Test-bed located on the International Space Station (ISS). Followed by a second series of space-based cognitive radio tests in August 2018, these experiments yielded new knowledge and insights on how intelligent radio systems can operate in very challenging environments such as depths of space. In this talk, I will give an overview of the extensive five-year technical collaboration between Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Penn State, and NASA Glenn Research Center that resulted in these two space-based cognitive radio experiments in May 2017 and August 2018. In particular, details regarding the use of Reinforcement Learning Neural Networks (RLNNs) to form the core of a cognitive radio medium access control (MAC) layer will be presented, and issues such as catastrophic forgetting affecting the performance of our proposed cognitive radio will be discussed.


Dr. Alexander M. Wyglinski is an internationally recognized expert in wireless communications, cognitive radio, 5G, connected vehicles, software-defined radio, dynamic spectrum access, satellite communications, vehicular technology, wireless system optimization and adaptation, autonomous vehicles, and cyber-physical systems. Dr. Wyglinski is a Full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Full Professor of Robotics Engineering (courtesy appointment) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA, as well as the Director of the Wireless Innovation Laboratory (WI Lab). Dr. Wyglinski is very active in the technical community, serving on the organizing committees of numerous technical conferences and several journal editorial boards. These activities include serving as the General Co-Chair for the 82nd IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference in Fall 2015, as well as Technical Editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine. From January 2018 to December 2019, Dr. Wyglinski served as the President of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, an applications-oriented society of approximately 5000 members that focuses on the theoretical, experimental, and operational aspects of electrical and electronics engineering in mobile radio, motor vehicles, and land transportation. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Wyglinski has published approximately 45 journal papers, over 120 conference papers, nine book chapters, and three textbooks. He is currently being or has been sponsored by organizations such as The MathWorks, Toyota InfoTechnology Center U.S.A., Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Naval Research Laboratory, MITRE Corporation, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Wyglinski is a Senior Member of the IEEE, as well as a member of Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, and the ASEE.

Best regards,
Yue Gao
Chair, Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks (TCCN)