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This event will build on the tremendous success of last year’s event, focusing on the state-of-the-art and future trends in software radio technology, policy and business. The event will also provide an exciting chance to learn more about the topic and where the industry is heading.

What's more, this conference will give you the opportunity to network with leading military, government, industry and academic experts. Last year’s attendees included representatives from:

· Ministry of Defence, UK · Danish Army Material Command · US Army · QinetiQ · FMV Sweden · Kongsberg · Marconi Mobile · Rockwell Collins · Thales · The Mitre Corporation · Astrium · BAE Systems · EADS RANCOMS GmbH · Ericsson Microwave

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Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Allan Margulies

Allan Margulies, Chief Operating Officer, The SDR Forum

9:20 THE NEED TO EVOLVE WITH TECHNOLOGY

Colonel Steven MacLaird

Colonel Steven MacLaird, Director, Joint Tactical Radio Systems, JTRS, US Army

  • Status of the tri-service procurement process: is the criticism justified?
  • The need to procure a radio that is capable of developing with time
  • Involvement of industry in the definition of the communications architecture
  • The reasons behind its accelerated acquisition
  • 9:50 SOFTWARE RADIO IN THE UK

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Richards

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

  • The need to maximise future military capability
  • Opportunities offered by software radio
  • Potential for software radio in future equipment programmes
  • 10:30 SOFTWARE RADIO IN FRANCE

    Dr Michaël Pascaud

    Dr Michaël Pascaud, Manager, DGA/SPOTI

  • Requirement
  • Programme of work
  • MMR programme
  • Future of software radios in France
  • 11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:30 SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO RESEARCH

    John Spicer

    John Spicer, Wireless Technical Strategy, Roke Manor Research

  • Introduction
  • Forming the basis for the fourth generation of mobile communications
  • Developing a reconfigurable radio architecture
  • Alternative radio systems
  • Possibilities and limitations
  • Future potential
  • 12:10 THE JOINT TACTICAL RADIO SYSTEM (JTRS)

    Alejandro Lopez

    Alejandro Lopez, Director, Network Communication Systems, Battle Management/Command, Control and Communications (BMC3) and Strategic Systems, Boeing

  • Boeing’s proven capability in large-scale systems integration
  • The need to build a software-defined radio communications system
  • The “Cluster 1” systems integration and procurement contract
  • Design and integration of the JTRS architecture and legacy waveforms
  • Development of a new wideband network waveform
  • The qualification of two hardware production sources for up to 10,000 vehicular and airborne systems through low-rate initial production
  • 12:50 Lunch

    13:50 AN OVERVIEW

    Dr Ron Davidson

    Dr Ron Davidson, Managing Director, Chelton Antennas

  • The antenna problems related to wideband radios and new antenna solutions
  • Antennas: understanding the problems related to wideband radios
  • The existing state of the art
  • JTRS antennas
  • Obtaining the link characteristics of existing systems with wideband JTRS radios
  • 14:30 SOFTWARE RADIO – A KEY ELEMENT FOR INTEROPERABILITY IN EUROPE

    Christian Serra

    Christian Serra, Chief Engineer, Advanced Studies and Standards, Software Radio Department/Vice-Chair, THALES Communications / The SDR Forum

  • Development of new capabilities
  • Technical considerations
  • Achieving interoperability
  • Current European developments
  • Main challenges to address
  • 15:10 SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO PROJECTS

    Robin Addison

    Robin Addison, CRC/DRDC Reconfigurable Omni-Band Radio Project Leader, Communications Research Centre & Defence Research and Development Canada

  • Reconfigurable Omni-Band Radio (ROBR) project
  • Software radio implementation of a satellite ground terminal
  • SCA Reference Implementation (SCARI) project
  • Open architecture java implementation
  • Future possibilities
  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 SOFTWARE RADIO BASE STATIONS FOR 3G UMTS

    Dr Takis Mathiopoulos

    Dr Takis Mathiopoulos, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering / Director, Institute for Space Research, University of British Colombia / National Observatory of Athens

  • UMTS evolution and developments
  • Software radios for fixed base stations
  • ADC and DSP limitations and challenges
  • Software radio based distributed base station architectures
  • Applications
  • Future developments
  • 16:50 HANDHELD SDR

    Dr John Bertrand

    Dr John Bertrand, Director, System Engineering, ITT

  • Issues
  • Adaptation of the operating environment
  • Examples of handheld SDRs
  • 17:30 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:40 DRINKS RECEPTION Sponsored by: Chelton Antennas

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Stephan Weiss

    Dr Stephan Weiss, Communications Research Group, Department of Electronics & Computer Science, University of Southampton

    9:10 TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS

    Colonel John Grobmeier

    Colonel John Grobmeier, Project Manager, Tactical Radio Communications Systems, US Army

  • Legacy communications - where we've been
  • Tactical communications - backbone for the tactical Internet
  • JTRS Cluster 1 - the future is now
  • Enabling the objective force
  • Where do we go from here?
  • 9:40 THE UK’S PROGRAMMABLE DIGITAL RADIO (PDR) PROJECT

    Bob Prill  / Mark Harrington

    Bob Prill / Mark Harrington, Senior Technical Staff / Project Leader for WDL, BAE SYSTEMS- CNI / QinetiQ

  • Developing new automated design techniques for the programming of PDRs
  • Project contributors and respective areas of research
  • A Waveform Description Language (WDL)
  • System demonstrations
  • USA’s tactical radio
  • NATO’s SATURN waveform

    The effectiveness of the automated design process

  • 10:20 SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO SOLUTIONS

    Mark Turner

    Mark Turner, Director JTRS Engineering, Harris Corporation

  • What are the key technology drivers?
  • JTRS provides the framework
  • Battery powered platform SDR solutions
  • HF subsystem for the UK’s Bowman Tactical Radio Programme
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE JOINT TACTICAL RADIO SYSTEM & SOFTWARE COMMUNCIATIONS ARCHITECTURE DEVELOPMENT

    Douglas Grice

    Douglas Grice, Director, Army Programs, Business Development, Raytheon Radios/Terminals

  • Raytheon’s proven capability in military tactical radios in operation today
  • The “Cluster 1” systems integration and procurement contract and the Futara team
  • Design and integration of JTRS architecture, legacy waveforms and development of a new wideband network waveform
  • Maintaining, evolving and improving software architecture
  • Providing information services and promoting SCA as an open industry standard
  • 12:00 APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACES (APIs) FOR THE SCA

    Byron Tarver

    Byron Tarver, Business Development Manager, General Dynamics

  • An introduction
  • The benefits of open architecture
  • Opportunities to develop software
  • Possible improvements
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 EUROPE’S FIRST OPERATIONAL SOFTWARE RADIO

    Dr Peter Harrop

    Dr Peter Harrop, Director of Engineering, THALES Communications

  • An introduction
  • Using existing technology to reduce risk and expenditure
  • An open systems design to enable cost-effective upgrade throughout the ships' in-service life
  • Timing and cost
  • Technical advantages and disadvantages
  • Future possibilities
  • 14:40 SOFTWARE RADIOS

    Dr John Chapin

    Dr John Chapin, Chief Technology Officer, Vanu

  • Cost drivers in radio systems
  • Cost and competitive advantages of designing for software portability
  • Technical barriers to portability
  • Portability solutions in Vanu software radio
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 SINCGARS SIP AND ESIP WAVEFORMS

    Bill Place

    Bill Place, Vice President, Assurance Technology Corporation

  • System description
  • Advanced System Improvement Program (ASIP)
  • Operational requirements
  • Object oriented design
  • Completion and future possibilities
  • 16:20 LINK 16 CAPABILITY FOR JTRS SCA

    Ed Calhoun

    Ed Calhoun, Marketing Manager, JTRS, Rockwell Collins

  • Providing a Link-16 prototype/demonstration test bed
  • Critical system interfaces and processing requirements for the Link-16 wideband waveform
  • Operating in a JTRS multi-waveform implementation
  • A "stressing" waveform for the JTRS SCA
  • Technical risks associated with implementation
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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