The 2013 New England Workshop for Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR’13) is the third installment of an annual series of workshops organized by the Boston SDR User Group (SDR-Boston). The first NEWSDR event was held on Saturday 1 October 2011 at Boston University while the second NEWSDR event was held at Northeastern University on Friday 11 May 2012. The goal of these workshops was to provide a forum through which individuals working on SDR-related projects in the greater Boston area can get together in order to collaborate and introduce SDR concepts to those interested in furthering their knowledge of SDR capabilities and available resources.

Following on the success of these workshops, this year’s NEWSDR event offers a chance for presenting further developments in SDR and Cognitive Radio research by individuals in the greater Boston area. In addition to providing an opportunity for researchers in the greater Boston area to network and interact on issues relating to SDR and Cognitive Radios, the event will include:

  • Keynote Presentations on the latest in SDR
  • Poster Presentations
  • Technology Demonstrations
  • Hands-On Tutorials
  • Continental Breakfast / Coffee / Lunch / Parking Included

Friday May 17, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Atwater Kent Laboratories Building, Room AK116
125 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609

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Final Schedule:

8:30AM-8:45AM Welcome and Introduction
Room AK116
8:45AM-9:10AM Showcase of a complete MIMO OFDM PHY Layer FPGA implementation using Simulink & System Generator
Jean-Benoit Larouche, Universite de Laval
Room AK116
9:10AM-9:20AM Walkthrough of the migration of a PHY-related algorithm between a PC and an FPGA:  facilitated by GNU Radio, Simulink and System Generator for DSP
Tristan Martin, Nutaq
Room AK116
9:20AM-9:30AM Nutaq SDR Systems Overview
Martin Turgeon, Nutaq
Room AK116
9:30AM-10:15AM Invited Presentation: “Showcase of a complete MIMO OFDM PHY layer FPGA implementation using Simulink & System Generator tool” *** Username and password needed
Kapil Dandekar, Drexel University
Room AK116
10:15AM-10:45AM Coffee Break, Posters, and Demostrations
10:45AM-11:30AM Simplifying FPGA design for SDR with a Network on Chip (NoC) architecture
Matt Ettus, Ettus Research LLC / National Instruments
Room AK116
11:30AM-12:00PM Benchmarking GNURadio on various general purpose processing architectures
Nathan West, US Naval Research Laboratory
Room AK116
12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch, Posters, and Demos
1:00PM-2:00PM Keynote Presentation: “Reinventing network architectures
Joseph B. Evans, The University of Kansas
Room AK116
2:00PM-2:30PM A methodology for designing scalable SDR systems
Erich Whitney, The MITRE Corporation
Room AK116
2:30PM-3:00PM Software defined radio and geophysics
Juha Vierinen, MIT Haystack Observatory
Room AK116
3:00PM-3:30PM Coffee Break, Posters, and Demostrations
3:30PM-4:15PM Software defined radio in MATLAB
Mike McLernon, Mathworks
Room AK116
4:15PM-5:15PM Tutorial: “Hands-on experimentation using Simulink and MATLAB
Travis Collins, WPI
Mike McLernon,Mathworks
Alexander Wyglinski, WPI
Room AK227
5:15PM-5:20PM Closing Remarks and Adjournment
Room AK116

The comprehensive final program for this event can be downloaded as a PDF file.

You can register to attend NEWSDR 2013 via the registration page.  Please note that parking and food will only be available to those that preregister for the event.

Parking Information:

Parking passes for on-campus parking will be sent out via email to confirmed registrants at least 48 hours in advance of the event. These passes should be printed out and clearly displayed on the motor vehicle dashboard. Please use the Park Avenue parking lot (see map below) when parking your vehicle for this event.

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Presentation/Poster/Demo Abstracts Due: 26 April 2013

Notification: 30 April 2013

Event: 17 May 2013


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Organizing Committee Members:

  • Travis Collins, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • George Eichinger, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Scott Johnston, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Neel Pandeya, Draper Laboratory
  • Michael Rahaim, Boston University
  • Alexander Wyglinski, Worcester Polytechnic Institute