DARPA selects 30 teams for Phase I of Spectrum Collaboration Challenge

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected 30 teams for Phase I of the Spectrum Collaboration Challenge.

The $3.75m competition aims to expand the amount of radio traffic that the electromagnetic spectrum can accommodate, as well as ensure that military and civilian wireless devices will have full access to the spectrum, DARPA stated.

Spectrum Collaboration Challenge administrator Paul Tilghman said: “SC2 sets out to bring the software defined radio and artificial intelligence communities together to fundamentally rethink 100 years of spectrum practise, and tackle the original and enduring spectrum grand challenge: efficient coexistence of all wireless communications.

"I'm excited to see these two communities combine their efforts to take on such an important problem. The teams participating in Phase I are all well-poised to see this vision through to fruition.”

"The teams participating in Phase I are all well-poised to see this vision through to fruition."

As part of the competition, the contenders will develop a new wireless model in which radio networks will autonomously collaborate, as well as discuss how to share the RF spectrum, use it more effectively and avoid interference, the statement said.

The new capabilities will be developed using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, and the expanding capacities of software-defined radios.

Teams short-listed for the second phase of the challenge will receive $750,000.

The final and third phase of the programme is expected to end in 2019.