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Exploring the electromagnetic spectrum

City University London's 2014 Bridge Lecture will examine threats to and opportunities offered by the electromagnetic spectrum in the digital age.
by John Stevenson

The 2014 Bridge Lecture, titled "The Next Battlespace - A Strategy for The Electromagnetic Spectrum", will take place on Wednesday, 12th February in the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre at 6:30pm.

De-Lia-Bridge-Lecture-portraitThe lecture will be delivered by the Corporate Vice President (Science & Technology) of L-3 Communications, Paul J. De Lia. As L-3's chief technology executive, De Lia plays a pivotal role in outlining the company's technical and strategic direction, development and future growth.

Before joining L-3, he held senior appointments with Sirius Radio and Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Electronic Systems).

Given its status as a precious natural resource like oil or gas, the reliance on scarce electromagnetic spectrum has prompted commercial and military planners to revisit their spectrum strategies.

Traditional spectrum management techniques have produced electronic Maginot Lines by employing static polices and architectures which leave wirelessly enabled systems vulnerable to everything from degraded performance to electronic and cyber attack. 

This presentation will discuss spectrum as a resource; the opportunities and threats associated with spectrum; the use of cognition to manage spectrum; opportunities for business development; and, recommendations for the way forward.

Professor Ken Grattan, George Daniels Professor of Scientific Instrumentation, says:

"The 2014 Bridge Lecture promises to offer a fascinating glimpse into the vulnerabilities of something we all take for granted, the electromagnetic spectrum underpinning our modern communications systems, making it truly 'the next battlespace'. The speaker, Paul De Lia, based in the United States, is an expert in satellite and electronic systems who has worked with the leading American firms in this sector. We look forward to an interesting and certainly challenging lecture as he explores, in turn, a spectrum of factors affecting these systems which impact on us all."

The Bridge Lecture series was inaugurated in 1988 by The Worshipful Company of Engineers and City to provide a bridge between those who practice engineering and those who benefit from the services of engineers. The Worshipful Company of Engineers, formed in 1983, was granted a Royal Charter in 2004. The Engineers' Company welcomes the opportunity presented by the 2014 Bridge Lecture to strengthen further the links between the engineering profession, City and the City of London in general.

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