Emissions – Vol. 1, No. 3

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Greetings from the Boston Software-Defined Radio User Group (SDR-Boston)!, Here is your April 2014 edition of the Emissions monthly e-newsletter, which summarizes some the latest developments in software-defined radio technology from the New England area and around the world. If you have something to share with the rest of the SDR-Boston community, please drop us an email via sdr-boston-emissions@wpi.edu.

Local News

NEWSDR 2014 Sponsorship, Industry Panel

MathWorks (www), National Instruments (www), Ettus Research (www), Analog Devices (www), and MediaTek (www) have all generously agreed to sponsor the 2014 New England Workshop on Software-Defined Radio (NEWSDR 2014), to be held on Friday 6 June 2014 at the Photonics Center of Boston University. Furthermore, Dr. Don Orofino (MathWorks), Mr. Matt Ettus (National Instruments/Ettus Research), Mr. Robin Getz (Analog Devices), and Dr. Yuan Lin (MediaTek) will all be participating in the industry panel sessions during the afternoon segment of NEWSDR 2014. These four panelists will complement the three distinguished speaker presentations, an assortment of technical presentations (oral and poster), and an array of hardware demonstrations all scheduled to take place at NEWSDR 2014. To find out more about NEWSDR 2014, check out the workshop website by clicking here.

Upcoming Cognitive Radio and Electromagentic Spectrum Security Workshop

The First International Workshop on Cognitive Radio and Electromagnetic Spectrum Security (CRESS 2014) will be held in conjunction with the 2014 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (IEEE CNS 2014) on 29 October 2014 in San Francisco, CA, USA. For more information, please click here.

Upcoming Events

NEWSDR 2014 Abstract Submission Deadline Approaching Soon!

Do you have something interesting to share with the rest of the SDR community in New England?  Do you have a unique way of using SDR technology or a unique application involving SDR? If so, please do not delay and submit an abstract for either an oral or a poster presentation at NEWSDR 2014!  Abstract submissions to NEWSDR 2014 are now being solicited for oral and poster presentations, and are due by 15 April 2014.  Submissions can be made by clicking here.

Cognitive Radio Seminar at WPI

Professor Mieczyslaw Kokar (Northeastern University) will be giving a seminar, entitled: “Cognitive Radio: Beyond Dynamic Spectrum Access”, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Thursday 17 April 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Room AK233. The abstract for this seminar is as follows:

“Electromagnetic spectrum is a very valuable resource. Thus the current focus of work on cognitive radio technologies on Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) is clearly well justified. However, as envisioned in the original conceptualization of cognitive radio, other communication objectives can be achieved by making radios smarter and more flexible. In this talk various ways of achieving the flexibility of radios will be discussed, with emphasis on approaches based on declarative representations of radio knowledge in formal languages and (logical) inference-­‐based processing. In particular, cognitive radio will be presented as an intelligent agent whose performance depends on other communication nodes and thus its performance optimization must be done collaboratively. This in turn requires flexible signaling that goes beyond the fixed communication protocols.”

SDR News from Around the World

WInnForum Approves Project on Cognitive Radio Based Public Safety Communications

The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced the approval of the new project: “Elements of Context for Cognitive Radio Based Public Safety Communications Systems.”  Find out more by clicking here.

FCC Broadcast Rules Could Affect Upcoming Spectrum Auction

The FCC recently voted and approved two orders that change how broadcast stations share resources and how they can jointly negotiate retransmission agreements with paid TV providers. Some industry insiders suspect that the FCC may be choosing to implement these rules now as a way to encourage TV broadcasters to participate in the agency’s upcoming incentive spectrum auction, which will take unused broadcast TV spectrum and sell it to wireless broadband providers.  Find out more by clicking here.

Facing a Spectrum Crunch, DoD Solicits Ideas From Private Sector

The Pentagon wants fresh ideas on how to better manage the electromagnetic spectrum at a time when it is coming under pressure to relinquish valuable wireless frequencies in order to boost the capacity of commercial wireless carriers and extend Internet access to rural areas of the United States.  Find out more by clicking here.

Should the Federal Government Open a Spectrum Leasing Agency?

A nonprofit technology research and education organization believes the federal government should establish an agency to rent its spare wireless spectrum to the private sector. The Technology Policy Institute envisions a Government Spectrum Ownership Corporation (GSOC) that could manage the excess wireless spectrum allotted to federal agencies.  Find out more by clicking here.

White Space, The Next Internet Disruption: 10 Things to Know

White Space stands to transform the way we purchase and use wireless internet. It isn’t yet widely adopted, but this unlicensed, free form of broadband is gaining traction. Here are 10 things you should know to get up to speed on this disruptive technology.  Find out more by clicking here.

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