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SMi’s 4th Annual conference on International Software Radio will examine the latest developments in this exciting and ever expanding field. It will combine insights from military, commercial contractors and research institutions. The entire event will allow the delegate to gain not only and overview of the main themes of software radio, but also specific knowledge of current research, development and production undertaken by leaders in their field.

REFLECTING upon international perspectives and specific case studies on software radio programmes
IDENTIFYING key technological advances, capability developments and the future for software radio
UNDERSTANDING the future of interoperable communications
EVALUATING the development of cognitive radio as the next step in communications technology
A unique opportunity to learn from leading government and industry experts including:
  • Colonel Steven MacLaird, JTRS Program Director, Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Joint Program Office*
  • Hugh Stallworth, Programme Manager, JTRS Cluster 2, USSOCOM
  • Wayne Bonser, Division Chief (Acting) Global Grid Division, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Colonel Philip Davies, Command Support Development Centre, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Lieutenant Colonel Scott Miller, Product Manager Cluster 5 PM Warfighter Information Network - Tactical, US Army
  • Lieutenant Commander Topi Tuukkanen, Head, Department of Naval Warfare, Finnish Naval Academy
  • Laurent Foissey, Program Manager in Advanced Study, DGA/DSA/SPOTI, Ministry of Defence, France
  • Allan Margulies, Chief Operating Officer, SDR Forum
  • Professor Trevor Clarkson, Technology R&D, Ofcom
  • Dr Hiroshi Harada, Leader, Wireless Access Group, Communication Research Laboratory
  • Dr Paul Kolodzy, Director, Communications Group, Wireless Network Security Centre, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Preston Marshall, Programme Manager, DARPA, ATO
  • Steve Bernier, SDR Project Leader, Communications Research Centre, Canada
  • Didier Bourse, Project Manager, Motorola Labs

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Allan Margulies

Allan Margulies, Chief Operating Officer, The SDR Forum

9:10 JTRS CLUSTER 2

Hugh Stallworth

Hugh Stallworth, Programme Manager, JTRS Cluster 2, USSOCOM

  • Specific requirements for Cluster 2
  • The advantages of interoperable communications for special forces’ operations
  • Cluster 2 schedule
  • Providing handheld portable SDR
  • 9:40 U.S. AIR FORCE SOFTWARE RADIO TECHNOLOGY

    Wayne Bonser

    Wayne Bonser, Division Chief (Acting) Global Grid Division, Air Force Research Laboratory

  • Brief history SPEAKeasy and FM3TR
  • Current R&D activities SoRDS and JTRS-related activities
  • Adaptive communications enablers & transformational capabilities
  • 10:20 JTRS CLUSTER 5

    Lieutenant Colonel Scott Miller

    Lieutenant Colonel Scott Miller, Product Manager Cluster 5 PM Warfighter Information Network – Tactical, US Army

  • System development
  • Supporting small, dismounted and embedded applications
  • Providing a robust, modular communications capability that will enhance connectivity for the dismounted warrior and unmanned platforms
  • Developing solutions for new concepts and emerging capabilities
  • Providing joint interoperable communications across all services
  • Implementation challenges
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 AN UPDATE ON PROJECT BOWMAN

    Colonel Philip Davies

    Colonel Philip Davies, Command Support Development Centre, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Scope of Project BOWMAN
  • BOWMAN’s incremental delivery programme
  • Progress on trials and conversion
  • Links with US JTRS programme
  • Future use of SDR in the UK
  • 12:00 FRANCE

    Laurent Foissey

    Laurent Foissey, Program Manager in Advanced Study, DGA/DSA/SPOTI, Ministry of Defence, France

  • French requirements for an interoperable radio system
  • Research into software radio
  • Sharing research with partners
  • Future progress in research
  • Integrating software radio into the French Armed Forces
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    13:40 FINLAND

    Lieutenant Commander Topi Tuukkanen

    Lieutenant Commander Topi Tuukkanen, Head, Department of Naval Warfare, Finnish Naval Academy

  • Finnish requirements for an interoperable radio system
  • Research into software radio
  • Integrating software radio into the Finnish Armed Forces
  • Sharing research with partners
  • Future progress in research
  • 14:20 PANEL DISCUSSION

    Lieutenant Commander Topi Tuukkanen

    Lieutenant Commander Topi Tuukkanen, Head, Department of Naval Warfare, Finnish Naval Academy

    Wayne Bonser

    Wayne Bonser, Division Chief (Acting) Global Grid Division, Air Force Research Laboratory

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Richards

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Richards, S01 Global Information Infrastructure, Ministry of Defence, UK

    15:00 JTRS FOR REAL MILITARY RADIO APPLICATIONS

    Mark Turner

    Mark Turner, Director JTRS Engineering, Harris Corporation

  • JTRS overview - the mission and vision
  • JTRS applications - migration from the past to the present and future
  • Software Defined Radio technology - standards and CBD make the reuse difference
  • Scalability - building on the lowest common denominators.
  • Programmable security - Sierra II based JTRS solutions
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 SCA STARTS TO GO MAINSTREAM AS COTS IMPLEMENTATIONS APPEAR

    Keith Steele

    Keith Steele, CEO, PrismTech

  • To facilitate waveform portability and inter-operability across hardware platforms
  • To provide a choice of COTS software infrastructure for radio vendors
  • To generate commercial "critical-mass" for SCA products
  • To allow Military SDR to benefit in turn from commercial SDR market uptake
  • PrismTech will discuss how SCA implementations are maturing:
    • Building on previous JTRS development experience
    • Incorporating requirements from the commercial SDR sector
  • 16:40 THE USE OF SOFTWARE RADIO IN HOMELAND SECURITY

    John Chapin

    John Chapin, Chief Technology Officer, VANU INC

    17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One - Followed by Networking Drinks Reception sponsored by Chelton Antennas

    8:30 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Walter Tuttlebee

    Dr Walter Tuttlebee, Executive Director, Mobile VCE

    9:10 EUROPEAN SOFTWARE RADIO RESEARCH

    Dr. Jorge M. Pereira

    Dr. Jorge M. Pereira, Scientific Officer, European Commission, DG Information Society

  • European initiatives in software radio
  • Key developments in European software radio research
  • Moving the technology forward with international co-operation
  • Future research into the application of software radio
  • 9:40 INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOFTWARE RADIO

    Allan Margulies

    Allan Margulies, Chief Operating Officer, The SDR Forum

  • The role of the SDR forum
  • Working with international partners to promote software radio
  • International research into the development of SDR technology
  • Future partnerships
  • Technological advancements
  • 10:20 JAPANESE SOFTWARE RADIO DEVELOPMENTS

    Dr Hiroshi Harada

    Dr Hiroshi Harada, Leader, Wireless Access Group, Communication Research Laboratory

  • Japanese research programmes
  • Development of software radio specifications
  • Research into broadband antennas and self organising mobile networks
  • Development and testing of waveforms
  • Interoperability testing
  • Joint research with international partners
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 CO-SITING AND PLATFORM INTEGRATION IMPLICATIONS OF SOFTWARE CONTROLLED RADIOS

    Bob Horner

    Bob Horner, Business Development Manager, Chelton (Electrostatics)

  • Software radios offer benefits of flexibility that are not yet matched by the RF infrastructure of the platforms and facilities that they are integrated with
  • The radios are expected to be reconfigured many times during a long working life by software changes. This may imply re-configuration of the RF infrastructure and the platform itself
  • The design of the RF infrastructure needs to be every bit as flexible as the software radios themselves
  • Flexibility in RF distribution is required and the concept of an ‘RF Distribution Highway’ based on ‘RF over Fibre’ techniques will be described
  • Very wide band antenna design will be described as a way of matching the capabilities of software radios
  • A new approach to Interference Cancellation will be described as a way of overcoming antenna congestion and the mutual interference that results from changes in the software radio characteristics
  • 12:00 SOFTWARE RADIO RESEARCH

  • Current research and development
  • Developing open architectures
  • Developing waveform portability
  • Providing interoperable communications
  • A software radio implementation of SATURN
  • Future trends in waveform description languages
  • Nick Frall

    Nick Frall, Programme Director, Software Radio QinetiQ

    Mark Harrington

    Mark Harrington, Interoperability Technical Leader, Software Radio, QinetiQ

    12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 E2R IP IN EUROPE

    Didier Bourse

    Didier Bourse, Project Manager, Motorola Labs

    14:40 COGNITIVE RADIO DEVELOPMENT

    Preston Marshall

    Preston Marshall, Programme Manager, DARPA, ATO

  • Adapting spectral use in response to operating environment
  • Using software radio as a basis for the development of cognitive radio
  • Transition from Software Defined to Policy Defined Radios
  • Future frequency-agile technologies
  • Developing frequency aware technology, the XG programme
  • Benefits of frequency aware technology for military and civilian applications
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 COGNITIVE RADIO ARCHITECTURES

    Steve Bernier

    Steve Bernier, SDR Project Leader, Communications Research Centre, Canada

  • Software Defined or Cognitive Radio?
  • Architecture of Cognitive Radio
  • Why Software Defined Cognitive Radio make sense
  • SCA overview
  • Applicability of SCA to SDCR
  • 16:20 COMMUNICATIONS REGULATION

    Professor Trevor Clarkson

    Professor Trevor Clarkson, Technology R&D, Ofcom

  • Software radio’s impact on communications
  • The need to regulate software radio
  • Particular considerations for the regulation of software radio
  • New developments, the challenge of cognitive radio
  • Future developments in the regulation of SDR
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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