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.