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Douglas Sicker

Interim Director, CyLab; Department Head, Engineering and Public Policy


Douglas Sicker


Dr. Douglas C. Sicker has held various positions in academia, industry and government. Doug is currently the Department Head and professor of Engineering and Public Policy with a joint appointment in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Doug also serves as the Executive Director of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG) and the Chief Strategist of CMMB Vision. Previously, Doug was the DBC Endowed Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder with a joint appointment in, and director of, the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program. Doug recently served as 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. Earlier he was Director of Global Architecture at Level 3 Communications, Inc. In the late 1990s, Doug served as Chief of the Network Technology Division at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 

Doug is a member of the IEEE, the ACM and the Internet Society. He served as 1) an advisor to the Department of Justice National Institute of Justice; 2) the Chair of the Network Reliability and Interoperability Council steering committee, an FCC federal advisory committee that focuses on network reliability, wire line spectral integrity and Internet peering and interconnection; 3) an advisor on the Technical Advisory Council of the FCC. He served as a chair in the IEEE P1900 working group and was involved in developing contributions to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). He has served as the chair of several conferences as well as on numerous program committees. Doug has published extensively in the fields of networking, wireless systems, network security and network policy and has maintained a well-funded research program through NSF, DARPA and other sources. For additional details please see


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2001
  • M.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1993
  • B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1988


  • Eric Anderson, Caleb Phillips, Douglas Sicker and Dirk Grunwald, "Optimization Decomposition for Scheduling and System Configuration in Wireless Networks", IEEE Transactions on Networking, Jan 2014.
  • "Impact of Fiber Availability on Real Estate Values", Gabor Molnar, Scott Savage, and Douglas Sicker, Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law (JTHTL), Vol 12, Issue 2.
  • Caleb Phillips, Douglas Sicker, and Dirk Grunwald. Bounding the Practical Error of Path Loss Models. International Journal of Antennas and Propagation. Volume 2012, Article ID 754158. (21 pages)
  • Caleb Phillips, Douglas Sicker, and Dirk Grunwald, A Survey of Wireless Path Loss Prediction and Coverage Mapping Methods, IEEE Communications Society Surveys and Tutorials, 2013.  (20 pages)
  • Chenyu Zheng and Douglas Sicker, A Survey on Biologically Inspired Algorithms for Computer Networking, IEEE Communications Society Surveys and Tutorials, 2013. (12 pages)
  • Dola Saha, Aveek Dutta, Dirk Grunwald and Douglas Sicker, “GRaTIS: Free Bits In The Network”, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Systems, 2013.  
  • Eric Anderson, Caleb Phillips, Douglas Sicker, and Dirk Grunwald.  Modeling Environmental Effects on Directionality.  Mathematical and Computer Modeling Journal.  Special Issue on Modeling and Simulation of Wireless Networks. Vol. 53, Issue 11-12, pages 2078-2092, Elsevier.  June 2010.  (12 pages) 
  • Janghyun Baek, Jonghun Park, Douglas C. Sicker and Taehan Lee.  Modeling and performance analysis of the movement-based registration with implicit registration.  IEICE Transactions on Communications, Vol.E93-B, No.05, May 2010.  (5 pages)
  • Christian Doerr, Douglas Sicker, and Dirk Grunwald.  Local Control of Cognitive Radio Networks.  Annals of Telecommunications, Vol. 64, No 1-2, Pages 503-534, 2009.  (31 pages)
  • Tim Brown and Douglas C. Sicker.  Examining the Viability of Cognitive Radio-based Broadband Wireless Access, EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, Vol. 2008, Article 21, Jan. 2008.  (12 pages)