The 2015 New England Workshop for Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR’15) is the fifth installment of an annual series of workshops organized by the Boston SDR User Group (SDR-Boston). The previous NEWSDR events were held at Boston University (Saturday 1 October 2011), Northeastern University (Friday 11 May 2012), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Friday 17 May 2013), and Boston University (Friday 6 June 2014). The goal of these workshops are 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 with Short “Elevator-Pitch” Oral Presentations
  • Technology Demonstrations
  • Hands-On Tutorials
  • Continental Breakfast / Coffee / Lunch / Parking Included
  • GNU Radio Hacking Workshop (Thursday 21 May 2015)

Download the Call for Participation (PDF, 179 KB) for additional details.

Friday 22 May 2015 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Rubin Campus Center
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609

Step-by-step Instructions from Park Ave Garage to Campus Center: PDF (2 MB)

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7:30AM-8:00AM Coffee and Light Refreshments
8:00AM-8:15AM Welcome and Introduction
8:15AM-9:00AM Invited Presentation:
Professor Miriam Leeser, Northeastern University
9:00AM-9:30AM Elevator-Pitch Oral Presentations of Poster Presenters
9:30AM-11:15AM Coffee, Attendee Networking, Poster Sessions, Sponsor Exhibits and Demos
11:15AM-12:00PM Invited Presentation:
Professor Mieczyslaw Kokar, Northeastern University
12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch
1:00PM-2:00PM Keynote Presentation:
Professor frederic harris, San Diego State University
2:00PM-2:30PM Coffee, Attendee Networking, Poster Sessions, Sponsor Exhibits and Demos
2:30PM-3:15PM Short Course I: “Learning Software Defined Radio using MATLAB, Simulink, and the RTL-SDR” by Bob Stewart, MathWorks
3:15PM-4:00PM Short Course II: “FPGA Acceleration with RF NoC” by Jonathon Pendlum, Ettus Research (PDF)
4:00PM-4:10PM Closing Remarks

Workshop programme is available here.


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Poster and Demonstration Presenters:
To present a poster or a demonstration at NEWSDR 2015, please submit a short abstract by 15 May 2015 via the poster abstract submission page [website closed].

Pre-registration for NEWSDR 2015 via the registration page website is now closed. Note that parking and food is guaranteed to be available to those that preregister for the event.  Drop-in registrations are permitted on the day of NEWSDR 2015 but with no guarantee of parking or meals.

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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Poster and Demo Abstracts Due: 15 April 2015 15 May 2015

Notification: 18 May 2015

Event: 22 May 2015

Organizing Committee Members:

  • Neel Pandeya, Ettus Research LLC
  • Michael Rahaim, Boston University
  • Alexander Wyglinski, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


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