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Douglas  Sicker

Professor - On Leave at CMU

Contact Information

1045 Regent Drive 430 UCB
Boulder CO, 80309‐0430 USA


Research Interests

My current research interests include: 1) Dynamic Spectrum Access: Developing new models of spectrum management and methods for enabling coexistence among radio services. Of particular interest is coexistence with legacy systems, including interoperability and compatibility between federal and non-federal systems. I am developing new technical models and policies to address legacy systems and emerging new services. I also plan to explore methods of reallocation based on coexistence, cooperation and/or tolerance. 2) Wireless Security: Developing models to address security concerns in emerging dynamic spectrum access systems. Defining risk attributed to new dynamic spectrum access technology. Exploring jamming and anti-jamming mechanisms through dynamic spectrum access technology. 3) Network/Telecommunications Policy: Implementing data-driven decision-making; Adopting process transparency and accountability; and Reforming radio spectrum management.


BS, MS, PhD, University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Douglas C. Sicker has held various positions in academia, industry and government. Presently, Doug is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder with a joint appointment in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program. Prior to this, Doug was the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Advisor for Spectrum at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Doug also served as the Chief Technology Officer of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and prior to this he served as a senior advisor on the FCC National Broadband Plan. Previously he was Director of Global Architecture at Level 3 Communications, Inc. In the late 1990's Doug served as Chief of the Network Technology Division at the FCC. He has also held faculty and industry positions in the field of medical sciences. Doug is a senior member of the IEEE, as well as a member of the ACM and the Internet Society. Doug has also served on numerous advisory and program committees. His research and teaching interests include wireless systems, network security and network policy.