********************************************************************* INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE
You are cordially invited to the 2016 New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR 2016), which is the sixth installment of an annual series of symposium and workshop events organized by the Boston SDR User Group (SDR-Boston).
This year, NEWSDR will be held at Northeastern University (NEU), and consists of a day-long symposium on Friday, as well as several hands-on workshops the evening before on Thursday. You are welcome to attend either or both events, which are entirely free.
Attendance is typically about 100 people, and attendees are from both academia and industry.
Forsyth Building 70 Forsyth Street Room 236 and 237
16:00 to 18:00 Early Sessions for Workshop Setup and Prerequisites
18:00 to 21:00 Workshop Events
Two workshops are being offered:
* "SDR Challenge – Identifying Mystery Waveform Using Simulink and RTL-SDR" by MathWorks (more details listed below)
* "Hands-On Tutorial on FPGA Computing for SDR with RFNoC" by Ettus Research (more details listed below)
MathWorks and Ettus Research will each run a workshop on the evening before the main event. Workshops are technical, practical, hands-on activities in a group setting. Specific topics and further details about the workshops will be announced shortly. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required. Free pizza and soda will be provided.
Raytheon Amphitheater Egan Research Center 120 Forsyth Street
08:00 to 08:30 Coffee and Light Refreshments
08:30 to 08:40 Welcome and Introduction
08:40 to 10:00 Sponsor Flash Talks (20 minutes each)
10:00 to 11:00 Coffee, Attendee Networking, Poster Sessions, Sponsor Exhibits and Demos
11:00 to 12:00 Invited Talk: Mr Richard Reinhart, NASA Glenn Research Center
12:00 to 13:00 Lunch and Attendee Networking
13:00 to 14:00 Invited Talk: Dr Tommaso Melodia, Northeastern University
14:00 to 15:00 Coffee, Attendee Networking, Poster Sessions, Sponsor Exhibits and Demos
15:00 to 16:00 Sponsor Short Course by Analog Devices
16:00 to 16:15 Closing Remarks
Plenary Speakers: * Mr. Richard Reinhart, NASA Glenn Research Center * Prof. Tommaso Melodia, Northeastern University
Technical Poster Presentations: * Covering the recent work in SDR and cognitive radio technology * Poster presentations are now being solicited * See link at the bottom of this email to submit your abstract
Corporate Sponsors: * Analog Devices * Ettus Research / National Instruments * MathWorks * MediaTek Wireless
The symposium features plenary speakers, technical poster presentation sessions, hardware and software demonstrations from the event sponsors, and workshops from the event sponsors, all focusing on recent work in SDR and cognitive radio technology. Free breakfast, lunch, and coffee will be provided. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required.
The symposium provides an excellent networking opportunity and a terrific venue to exchange thoughts and ideas with other people working in the SDR space.
SDR Challenge – Identifying Mystery Waveform Using Simulink and RTL-SDR by MathWorks
During this evening event, the audience will be tasked with identifying a “mystery waveform” that is being generated in their vicinity. Using MATLAB/Simulink and the RTL-SDR platform, both of which will be provided during this event, each team will be given several partially completed models and some details of the mystery waveform. The objective of this challenge is to add the remaining functionality to the models provided and leverage the RTL-SDR in order to classify the received signal and potentially even decode the signal.
The learning outcomes of this event include:
* Obtaining an understanding of the MATLAB/Simulink software environment and its capabilities.
* Gaining knowledge on how MATLAB/Simulink interfaces with the RTL-SDR device.
* Experience hands-on real-time wireless experimentation using MATLAB/Simulink and the RTL-SDR in a controlled wireless scenario.
Given the limited number of computer workstations and RTL-SDR platforms available, this event has a registration limit of 30 individuals (teams of 3 individuals will be formed at this event).
Hands-On Tutorial on FPGA Computing for SDR with RFNoC by Ettus Research
Ettus Research has introduced a platform called RF Network-on-Chip (RFNoC) which makes FPGA computing for SDR more accessible and flexible. RFNoC is a new architecture for USRP devices that use Xilinx 7-series FPGAs (E310, X300, and X310). RFNoC is built around a packetized network infrastructure in the FPGA that handles the transport of control and sample data between the host CPU and the radio. Users target their custom algorithms to the FPGA in the form of Computation Engines (CE), which are processing blocks that attach to this network. CEs act as independent nodes on the network that can receive and transmit data to any other node (e.g., another CE, the radio block, or the host CPU). This architecture permits scalable designs that can distribute processing across many nodes. Users can create modular, FPGA-accelerated SDR applications by chaining CEs into a flow graph. RFNoC is supported in UHD and GNU Radio. In this workshop, we will present an interactive tutorial on RFNoC, including a discussion on its design and capabilities, demonstrations of several existing examples, and a walk-through on implementing a user-defined CE and integrating the CE into GNU Radio.
* Attendees are expected to bring their own laptops to the workshop. The laptop should have at least 2 GB memory, have at least one Ethernet port and one USB 3.0 port, and be able to boot into a Linux environment from a USB 3.0 flash drive.
* Attendees must create Xilinx user accounts at least three days before the workshop, in order to obtain Xilinx licenses for the free WebPack Edition of Vivado version 2015.4.
USB flash drives and USRP hardware will be provided in the workshop.
Enrollment is limited to 20 people.
Facilitators: Jonathon Pendlum, Wan Liu, Neel Pandeya