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[Discuss-gnuradio] Announcing NEWSDR on Thr/Fri June 2/3 (Updated)

From: Neel Pandeya
Subject: [Discuss-gnuradio] Announcing NEWSDR on Thr/Fri June 2/3 (Updated)
Date: Mon, 9 May 2016 18:16:37 -0700

                            NEWSDR 2016

              New England Workshop on Software-Defined Radio


                          Thursday June 2
                         6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

                           Friday June 3
                         8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

                     Northeastern University (NEU)
                          Boston, MA, USA


                          Free Registration

             Poster Submissions Accepted Until Friday May 15

                     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.


                          THURSDAY JUNE 2
                           18:00 to 21:00

                         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


                           FRIDAY JUNE 3
                           08:00 to 16:00

                       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.

                       WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

                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).

Facilitators: Mike McLernon, Dr Ethem Sozer

                       WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

       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


  *  Register for the Symposium, or the Workshop, or both

  *  Registration is required but is completely free

  *  Registration takes less than 5 minutes

  *  Registration includes free food

  *  Parking available

  *  You must register online for food and parking

  *  Attendance, food, parking are all limited, so please register
     online as soon as possible to secure your spot

  *  Registration deadline is Friday May 20

  *  See link at the bottom of this announcement to register online


Attendee Registration:

Poster Abstract Submission:

                      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

             More information, and the event schedule,
            for this event can be found at our website:



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