Millimeter Interest Group Call for Papers (CFP)

RELEASE DATE: September 18, 2003


Contact: Reed Fisher, Chair, IEEE 802.15 Millimeter Wave Interest Group
+1 770 271 0529,

IEEE 802.15 has formed an interest group to explore the use of the 60 GHz band for wireless personal area networks (WPANs). This little-used band (as defined in FCC 47 CFR 15.255) provides 5 GHz of bandwidth and avoids interference with nearly all electronic devices, given the high attenuation of these wavelengths by walls and floors, and promises to allow more WPANs to occupy the same building.

The IEEE 802.15 Millimeter Wave Interest Group (mmWIG) was formed in July 2003 as part of an effort to assess the level of interest in the development of a millimeter-wave-based alternative physical layer (PHY) for the IEEE high-rate WPAN standard (IEEE 802.15.3-2003). 802.15 sometimes forms interest groups as the first step in determining whether there is sufficient interest to warrant the formation of a Study Group to write a Project Authorization Request (PAR).

The initial meeting of the IEEE mmWIG was held in Singapore in September 2003.  Future meetings are scheduled for 9 to 14 November 2003 in Albuquerque, N.M., USA, and 12 to 16 January 2004 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada (see Anyone who is interested in helping open the millimeter band for use in WPANs is invited to join the interest group.

The group has issued a call for papers for its upcoming meetings to help lay the groundwork for a millimeter-wave-based standard. Papers from industry, academia, regulatory bodies and other sources should describe original work related to the use of the 60 GHz band in WPANs in such areas as:

Five contributed papers were presented at the groupís first meeting. These concerned: Japanese regulation for the 60 GHz band; mmW frequency allocation in Europe; a proposed mmW WPAN concept; proposed technical requirements for mmW WPANs; and mmW propagation modeling for WPANs.  More info:

Papers for upcoming meetings of the IEEE mmW Interest Group should be sent electronically to either Reed Fisher, who chairs this group (, or to Robert F. Heile, Chair of the IEEE 802.15 Working Group ( Papers should follow the IEEE 802.15 template (see

For more info on the IEEE 802.15 Working Group and the IEEE mmW Interest Group, see:

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