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Challenge Rules and Regulations

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Updated - October 26, 2015!

  1. In the final competition in June 2016, the top eight qualifying teams will compete head-to-head in a single-elimination tournament. Each pair of teams that face each other in the tournament will compete in two consecutive matches, switching sets of nodes between matches to equalize any differences due to radio locations or hardware. The cumulative score of the two matches will determine the winner. If needed, a third match will be held with the set of nodes to be used by each team determined randomly, for example, by coin toss.

  2. Travel support, including discounted registration for the Wireless Symposium & Summer School in the amount of $200, will be provided for up to two participants per team, up to a limit of $1,100 per participant. This support will be allocated first to the top qualifying team and will include other qualifying teams as funds permit, in order of their performance in the earlier rounds of the challenge. Current sponsorship will provide this level of support for at least the top four teams. Additional funding is being sought that would allow us to provide travel support for two participants from each of the eight qualifying teams.

  3. For non-US teams, either one or two (depending on availablity) travel grants will be awarded per qualifying team.

  4. Any qualifying teams for which we cannot provide travel support will be permitted to participate in the final competition remotely.

  5. No more than two teams per institution may qualify for the final competition.

  6. If two teams from the same institution qualify for the final competition, they will face each other in the first round of the single-elimination tournament.

  7. Undergraduate-only teams will participate in an additional round-robin tournament at the final competition to determine the winner of the undergraduate-only prize. Undergraduate-only teams that qualify among the top eight teams overall will also compete for prizes in the overall competition.

  8. Travel support may be available for undergraduate teams that are not among the top qualifying teams. The level of support is to be determined. As in the overall competition, undergraduate teams that do not have travel support will have the option to participate remotely.



  1. Written instructions and other documentation will be provided.

  2. Virginia Tech wireless researchers will be able to answer questions by email list or forum.

  3. Each team will be given working code free of charge.

  4. The code will be for a pair of basic transceivers that are implemented using open-source software defined radio software and can transmit and receive data over the air using the CORNET testbed or similar hardware.

  5. Teams will be given new baseline code for each stage of the competition (PHY, MAC, Network).

  6. Teams will be given accounts on Virginia Tech’s Cognitive Radio Network Testbed (CORNET).

  7. Teams will be able to improve and test their radio software using CORNET’s servers, USRP software-defined radios, FCC experimental licenses and the Cognitive Radio Test System (CRTS) software.

  8. Any software bugs identified in this process can be reported using Github.


Conditions of Participation

1. Virginia Tech (VT) will have a no-cost, royalty free, nonexclusive license to use the entry (code and documentation) internally for research. Thus, VT keeps the entries.

2. VT will provide space to store files of participating teams and will take reasonable measures to restrict access to each team’s files to that team’s members and to Virginia Tech personnel. However, VT is not liable for loss or corruption of electronic files or for loss of points or competitive advantage in the challenge due to hardware or software failures, human error, or any other causes, or for unauthorized access to files by other parties and any associated detrimental effects to affected team or teams. Participating teams are encouraged to make frequent backups of all of their files in case files stored on VT’s CORNET servers are lost or corrupted.

3. The faculty advisor and participants in this challenge are responsible for complying with all applicable laws, regulations, and restrictions, including export restrictions and Federal Communications Commission rules, and for protection of any proprietary information or items used in the challenge. Each team that is invited to the final competition will give a brief presentation on their work for the challenge and provide a report of up to 4,000 words plus figures and tables, to be posted on the Wireless @ Virginia Tech website.

4. Participants who attend the final competition at Virginia Tech will attend all challenge-related events, including those hosted by challenge sponsors.

5. Any visit to Virginia Tech by a foreign national is subject to an export compliance review. Please refer to for more information.

By signing and submitting the entry form you agree to the terms and conditions as outlined above.