NEWSDR 2019 – 9th New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio

The 2019 New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR’19) is the ninth 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 13 June 2019, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM (evening short courses)
Friday 14 June 2019, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (main event)

University of Massachusetts Boston
100 William T Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125

NEWSDR will be held on the 3rd floor of the Campus Center at UMass Boston. Campus is easily accessible by public transportation with free shuttles from the JFK/UMass Red Line T stop. Parking is also available on campus for a cost of $9-$15 per day (depending on the parking lot used). For detailed information about getting to campus, please see the link below:

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Schedule — Thursday 13 June 2019:

4:00PM-5:00PM Pizza/Soda & Attendee Networking
5:00PM-6:00PM Early Session for Setup
6:00PM-9:00PM Short Course 1: Analog Devices “Intro to the AD9361 via the PLUTO SDR, Linux’s IIO, and Open-Source Toolchains
6:00PM-9:00PM Short Course 2: National Instruments/Ettus Research “FPGA Programming on the USRP with the RFNoC Framework

Schedule — Friday 14 June 2019:

7:45AM-8:30AM Coffee, Light Breakfast, and Attendee Networking
8:30AM-8:45AM Welcome and Introduction (YouTube)
8:45AM-10:00AM Sponsor Overview Presentations (20 minutes each, 4 sponsors)
10:00AM-10:30AM Poster Presenter Elevator Pitches/Oral Presentations (2 minutes each) (YouTube)
10:30AM-11:00AM Coffee, Attendee Networking, Poster Sessions, Sponsor Exhibits and Demos
11:00AM-11:45AM Technical Presentation 1: Mathworks “Modulation Classification with Deep Learning” (YouTube)
11:45AM-1:00PM Lunch, Attendee Networking, Poster Sessions, Sponsor Exhibits/Demos
1:00PM-2:00PM Invited Presentation 1: Professor Pau Closas (Northeastern University) “Software Defined Radio for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing” (YouTube)
2:00PM-2:45PM Technical Presentation 2: MediaTek “5G NR-U – ‘Houston, we have a problem here’” (YouTube)
2:45PM-3:15PM Coffee, Attendee Networking, Poster Sessions, Sponsor Exhibits and Demos
3:15PM-4:15PM Invited Presentation 2: Professor Vuk Marojevic (Mississippi State University) “4G/5G Radio Access Security Analysis using Software Radios” (YouTube)
4:15PM-4:30PM Poster Award Announcements
4:30PM-4:45PM Closing Remarks

Free Pre-Registration:

Attendance at NEWSDR 2019 is free. However, pre-registration for this event via the registration page website is highly recommended. Note that food is guaranteed to be available to those that preregister for the event. Drop-in registrations are permitted on the day of NEWSDR 2019 but with no guarantee of meals.  Please click here to pre-register!

** Note that Thursday evening short courses are at capacity and no longer accepting new registrants.

Poster Presentation:

To present a poster or a demonstration at NEWSDR 2019, please submit a short abstract by 30 May 2019 via the poster abstract submission page by clicking here.

Important Dates:

  • Poster and Demo Abstracts Due: 13 May 2019 30 May 2019
  • Notification: 3 June 2019
  • Pre-Registration Deadline: 3 June 2019
  • Event: 13-14 June 2019

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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