The Spectrum Collaboration Challenge
The DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) is the first-of-its-kind collaborative machine-learning competition to overcome scarcity in the radio frequency (RF) spectrum. Today, spectrum is managed by dividing it into rigid, exclusively licensed bands. This human-driven process is not adaptive to the dynamics of supply and demand, and thus cannot exploit the full potential capacity of the spectrum. In SC2, competitors will reimagine a new, more efficient wireless paradigm in which radio networks autonomously collaborate to dynamically determine how the spectrum should be used moment to moment.
The team whose radio design most reliably achieves successful communication in the presence of other competing radios could win as much as $3,500,000. For more information, see the About Page.
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DARPA’s Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2), the world’s first collaborative machine intelligence competition to overcome spectrum scarcity, is opening the search for teams to compete in Phase 3 of the Challenge. As the number of military and civilian wireless devices continues to grow exponentially, the need for full access to the increasingly crowded electromagnetic spectrum has never been greater. To overcome the issues of spectrum scarcity, SC2 aims to redefine conventional, rigid spectrum management paradigms in favor of more efficient and fluid machine-driven approaches.
As Phase 2 of SC2 comes to a close in December, the SC2 organizers are excited to reopen the competition to new candidates who are eager to develop smart systems that collaboratively and autonomously adapt in real time to today’s dynamic and congested spectrum environment. To join in, however, will take “hurdling” over some technological challenges. The Phase 3 Qualification Hurdles are now open and require interested teams to deliver software defined radio code. The results of these entrance hurdles will determine the final line-up for the next stage, which will culminate in a Second Preliminary Event on October 23, 2018.
The deadline for completion of the Hurdles is January 11, 2018. However, interested participants are encouraged to review the qualification details well in advance to ensure sufficient time is allowed for completion.
Visit https://spectrumcollaborationchallenge.com/hurdles to Join
In 2019, the Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) finale will take place at the Mobile World Congress Americas (MWCA) annual conference and exhibition – one of the largest gatherings of the wireless telecommunications community in the U.S. During this year’s MWCA conference – to be held from September 12-14, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA – attendees will have two opportunities to hear from the SC2 program manager, Paul Tilghman, as he discusses the significance of this competition as well as the progress achieved to date.
On Wednesday, September 12 from 3:15-4:00pm PT, Tilghman will speak alongside senior leaders from Cisco, Ericsson, and Sprint during a panel on AI’s role in shaping, and re-shaping, networks. As SC2 is exploring ways to merge AI, machine learning, and software-defined radio technology to help fundamentally rethink spectrum operations, this panel topic is particularly relevant to our Challenge.
On Thursday, September 13 from 3:15-3:30pm PT, Tilghman will present a keynote on SC2 in MWCA’s 4 Years From Now (4YFN) track. During this informative session attendees will gain insights into the work SC2 competitors are doing to produce breakthroughs in collaborative AI, catalyzing a new paradigm that addresses the ever-growing problem of spectrum scarcity.
For more information about these speaking opportunities, please visit: https://www.mwcamericas.com/speaker/paul-tilghman/
DARPA’s three-year, $3.75 million challenge to solve spectrum scarcity will culminate in a live event alongside “Mobile World Congress Americas, in Partnership with CTIA”
Competitors from around the world came together this month for the Preliminary Event #1 (PE1) of DARPA’s Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) at 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 will autonomously collaborate and reason about how to share the increasingly congested electromagnetic 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.
Congratulations to the 10 top scoring teams, each receiving $750,000 :
- MarmotE from Vanderbilt University
- SHARE THE PIE from BAE Systems with Eigen LLC
- Zylinium from a Maryland-based startup
- Erebus, consisting of three independent engineers and software developers
- SCATTER from IDLab, an imec research group at Ghent University and University of Antwerp, and Rutgers University
- GatorWings from University of Florida
- Sprite from Northeastern University
- Strawberry Jammer from Northrup Grumman
- Optical Spectrum, consisting of two independent LIDAR engineers
- BAM! Wireless from Purdue University and Texas A&M University
SC2’s Preliminary Event #2 (PE2) will be held in December 2018. Over the next 12 months, the 19 teams that participated in PE1 will have continued access to Colosseum to test their designs and a chance to participate in scrimmages against other competitors. In addition, new teams looking to join the SC2 competition may enter by completing entrance hurdle described here: https://spectrumcollaborationchallenge.com/join.