NEWSDR 2018 – 8th New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio


The 2018 New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR’18) is the eighth 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 New England 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.  This is event is suitable for both experienced SDR enthusiasts as well as individuals who are interested in getting started with SDR.

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. In addition to providing an opportunity for researchers 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

Thursday 3 May 2018, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM (evening short courses)
Friday 4 May 2018, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (main event)

Rooms AK219 & AK233 (evening short courses)
Room AK116 (main event)
Atwater Kent Laboratories Building
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
125 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609

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Schedule — Thursday 3 May 2018:

4:00PM-5:00PM Pizza/Soda & Attendee Networking
5:00PM-6:00PM Early Session for Setup
6:00PM-9:00PM Short Course 1: Mathworks “Real Time Over-the-Air Communications Links with MATLAB/Simulink
6:00PM-9:00PM Short Course 2: Ettus Research “FPGA Programming on the USRP with the RFNoC Framework

Schedule — Friday 4 May 2018:

7:30AM-8:00AM Coffee, Light Breakfast, and Attendee Networking
8:00AM-8:15AM Welcome and Introduction
8:15AM-9:45AM Sponsor Overview Presentations (20 minutes each, 5 sponsors)
9:45AM-10:15AM Poster Presenter Elevator Pitches/Oral Presentations (2 minutes each)
10:15AM-11:00AM Coffee, Attendee Networking, Poster Sessions, Sponsor Exhibits and Demos
11:00AM-11:45AM Invited Presentation 1:Remote Sensing of the Space Environment Using Software Defined Radio”  by Dr. Frank Lind, MIT Haystack Observatory
11:45AM-12:45PM Lunch, Attendee Networking, Poster Sessions, Sponsor Exhibits/Demos
12:45PM-1:30PM Invited Presentation 2:Multi-objective SDR Optimization for Wireless Access, Actuation and Attacks” by Professor Kaushik Chowdhury, Northeastern University
1:30PM-2:15PM Technical Presentation 1:Personal Wireless Testbeds for SDR” by Nandini Venkatraman and Andrew McGarry
2:15PM-2:45PM Coffee, Attendee Networking, Poster Sessions, Sponsor Exhibits and Demos
2:45PM-3:30PM Invited Presentation 3:Reinventing Wireless with Deep Learning” by Nathan West, DeepSIG
3:30PM-4:15PM Technical Presentation 2:The Software Side of a Hardware Company” by Travis Collins and Robin Getz
4:15PM-4:30PM Closing Remarks

Check out the final workshop program here!

Free Pre-Registration:

Attendance at NEWSDR 2018 is free.  However, pre-registration for this event via the registration page website is highly recommended. 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 2018 but with no guarantee of parking or meals.

Poster Presentation:

To present a poster or a demonstration at NEWSDR 2018, please submit a short abstract by 7 April 2018 21 April 2018 via the poster abstract submission page.


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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Video Recordings of Presentations:

Video recordings of most presentations at NEWSDR 2018 can be viewed at the WPI Youtube Channel.

















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Important Dates:

  • Poster and Demo Abstracts Due: 7 April 2018 21 April 2018
  • Notification: 17 April 2018 24 April 2018
  • Pre-Registration Deadline: 27 April 2018
  • Event: 3-4 May 2018

Organizing Committee Members:

  • Neel Pandeya, Ettus Research LLC
  • Michael Rahaim, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Michael Hirsch, Boston University
  • Yousof Naderi, Northeastern University
  • Alexander Wyglinski, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


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