Check NEWSDR’11!


Software Defined Radio has become an effective and practical tool in the area of RF communications. The widespread use of SDR has led to many open source communities sharing the basic blocks of SDR systems. We hope to gather individuals working on SDR related projects in the greater Boston area in order to collaborate and introduce SDR concepts to those interested in furthering their knowledge of SDR capabilities and available resources.

For questions regarding events or to get involved with the organization of future events, please contact Michael Rahaim at referencing SDR-Boston in the subject of your email.


The first New England Workshop for Software Defined Radio, held on October 1st, was a great success! Many thanks to all those who attended and to the speakers who presented throughout the day. We hope to continue this event as a biannual workshop for Boston area SDR users and plan to hold a similar event in the spring.

At this inaugural event, we had multiple guest lecturers discuss a wide range of SDR topics and we offered a hands-on breakout session with the GNU Radio project and SDR hardware (USRP2). With nearly 40 attendees from industry and academia, the event was a great way to learn about new work in the area of SDR and offered an excellent networking opportunity to meet other individuals working on SDR projects in and around the Boston area!


The following program was presented at the first NEWSDR. The presentations can be found in PDF format in the links below. An overview of the breakout session, along with instructions for getting started with GNU Radio, can also be found here: Breakout Session

History of Software Defined Radio [Tom Rondeau] SDR in Education [Alex Wyglinski] Available SDR Hardware [Scott Johnston] An FPGA Spectrum Sensing Accelerator for Cognitive Radio [George Eichinger] Overview of UHD [Devin Kelly] Overview of VOLK [Tom Rondeau] Overview of QT-GUI [Tom Rondeau]

Keynote Speaker

Tom Rondeau holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Electrical Engineering, graduating in 2007. Tom is the current maintainer and lead developer of GNU Radio and is a visiting scholar with the University of Pennsylvania. He also works as a consultant on GNU Radio and wireless technology through his firm Rondeau Research, LLC. Prior to this, he was a full-time employee of The Center for Communications Research after a postdoctoral researcher position with CTVR, Trinity College, Dublin from 2007 to 2008.

Tom’s Ph.D. dissertation received the Council of Graduate School’s Distinguished Dissertation for Math, Science, and Engineering. His research interests span areas of communications theory, signal processing, and software design, which are all a part of his larger interests in software and cognitive radios.



Center for Information and Systems Engineering
Boston University
Wireless Innovation Laboratory
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Smart Lighting ERC
National Science Foundation


Steering Committee

Alexander M. Wyglinski
Wireless Innovation Laboratory
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Michael Rahaim
Smart Lighting ERC
Boston University