Wireless @ Virginia Tech as a group developed in 2006 to encompass a broader umbrella of research in newly emerging fields in the wireless industry. We originally were the "MPRG" group, ( Mobile & Portable Radio Group), which was founded by Dr. Theodore "Ted" Rappaport. Our very first symposium was in 1991, and was called the "The Virginia Tech Symposium on Wireless Personal Communications, sponsored by MPRG". The symposium was held concurrently with the Industrial Affiliates Board Meeting which is still the case today.
In 1991, we featured the leaders of cellular communications. In particular, Barry Bertiger of Motorola provided a fascinating overview of the Iridium low-earth-orbit satellite-based cellular system that was to be deployed in the mid 1990's. We had 175 attendees from 22 states, and nine countries. The IEEE actually filmed the symposium for distribution in the fall of 1991.
The Wireless Summer School was not added as a feature until 2005. That first year focused on offering short courses on cutting edge technology and featured tutorials on Simulation of Wireless Communications by our own Dr. William Tranter, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus, our outgoing Director of Wireless @ Virginia Tech, Dr. Jeffrey Reed on Software Defined Cognitive Radios, and a young Dr. R. Michael Buehrer, current Director of Wireless @ Virginia Tech who delivered a tutorial on Ultra Wideband Systems. Dr. Buehrer also produced a tutorial on Space-Time Processing.
We thought it would be fun and interesting to take a look back at some of the symposium agendas to see how the field of wireless technology has developed, who our keynote speakers were, and what subjects were covered. A listing of papers/presentations for those years are also provided if we were able to locate the records. We dug deep into our files and came up with some very interesting information from our previous newsletter, The Propagator. Click on the year below to catch a synopsis of the evolution of Wireless @ Virginia Tech and follow the links to read select pages of The Propagator for even more information!