The 2016 New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR’16) is the sixth installment of an annual series of workshops organized by the Boston SDR User Group (SDR-Boston). The goal of these workshops is 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

Hands-On SDR Experimentation Events: Thursday June 2, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Main Event: Friday June 3, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Hands-On SDR Experimentation:

Forsyth Building, Room 236 and 237
Northeastern University
70 Forsyth Street
Boston, MA 02115

Main Event:

Raytheon Amphitheater
Egan Research Center
Northeastern University
120 Forsyth Street
Boston, MA 02115

Organizing Committee Members:

  • Neel Pandeya, Ettus Research (A National Instruments Company)
  • Michael Hirsch, Boston University
  • Miriam Leeser, Northeastern University
  • Michael Rahaim, Boston University
  • Alexander Wyglinski, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Plenary Speakers:

  • Mr. Richard Reinhart, NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Prof. Tommaso Melodia, Northeastern University


Thursday, 2 June 2016

16:00 – 18:00 Early Sessions for Setup and Prerequisites
18:00 – 21:00 Hands-On SDR Experimentation Events:

SDR Challenge – Identifying Mystery Waveform Using Simulink and RTL-SDR

Hands-On Tutorial on FPGA Computing for SDR with RFNoC

Friday, 3 June 2016

08:00 – 08:30 Coffee and Light Refreshments
08:30 – 08:40 Welcome and Introduction
08:40 – 10:00 Sponsor Flash Talks (20 minutes each)
10:00 – 10:30 Poster Session Elevator Pitches (2 minutes each)
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee, Attendee Networking, Poster Sessions, Sponsor Exhibits and Demos
11:00 – 12:00 Invited Presentation: “NASA’S Future Communication Architecture and Approach for Cognitive Communications”
Mr. Richard Reinhart, NASA Glenn Research Center
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch and Networking
13:00 – 14:00 Invited Presentation: “Wireless Beyond RF: From Underwater to Intra-body Ultrasonic Software Defined Radios”
Professor Tommaso Melodia, Northeastern University
14:00 – 15:00 Coffee, Attendee Networking, Poster Sessions, Sponsor Exhibits and Demos
15:00 – 16:00 Short Course: Moving from Prototyping to Production
16:00 – 16:10 Closing Remarks

The complete event program is available by clicking here.

Online registration for NEWSDR 2016 is closed.  Drop-in registrations are permitted on the day of NEWSDR 2016 but with no guarantee of meals.

Limited on-campus parking is available for the event on a first-come first-serve basis at a cost of $15 (tickets available at the NEWSDR 2016 registration desk). On-campus parking is located at the Renaissance Parking Garage, 835 Columbus Avenue.


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