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Now in its 8th annual year, this conference will offer you an up-to-date overview of the latest international perspectives, programmes and technology in Software Defined Radio. Analyse the way ahead and examine the latest developments in providing software-based wireless systems and devices for effective operational communications.

You Will:

  • Learn about the latest national military SDR programmes, technology and capabilities
  • Analyse spectrum management from UK and US perspectives
  • Hear about the latest operational experiences in the use of tactical radios
  • Assess approaches to interoperable SDR and the way ahead
  • Discuss the ongoing operations for establishing an international commercial standard

This event  is a must attend in ensuring that you stay up-to-date with the latest developments, challenges and technology.



Confirmed Speakers Include: 

  • Brigadier General Ugo Manetti, Director, International Programs Coordination Office, General Directorate for Telecommunications, IT and Advanced Technologies, Ministry of Defence, Italy
  • Jim Nixon, Head of Defence Spectrum Management, Directorate of Command & Battlespace Management J6, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Bob Wilson, Deputy Project Manager, Command Posts, US Army
  • Steve Bernier, Project Leader, Software Defined Radio, Communications Research Centre, Canada
  • Major Jari Seppala, Research Coordinator, Electronics and Information Technology Division, Finnish Defence Forces Technical Research Centre
  • Heikki Rantanen, Principal Scientist, Finnish Defence Forces Technical Research Centre
  • Paige R. Atkins, Director, Defense Spectrum Organisation, Defense Information Systems Agency, USA
  • Michel Gari, Principal Officer, Policy, European Defence Agency
  • Scott Hepburn, FAB-T Chief Engineer, Mitre Corporation, USA
  • Christian Serra, Chairman, SDR Forum
  • Eric Nicollet, Embedded SDR Architecture Specialist, Thales Communications
  • Annalies Squires, Product Development Director, Etherstack
  • Peter Dingley, Head of Skynet 5 PMS Project, Astrium Services
  • Dominic Paniscotti, General Manager, Software Defined Radio Products, PrismTech



    Post Conference Drinks Reception - Monday 9th June

    Etherstack has the pleasure of inviting you to a post conference drinks reception at the end of the first day of the conference. Network with colleagues and discuss the days' proceedings in the luxurious surroundings of Home House.

       www.homehouseclub.com





    For speaking opportunities please contact James Haggan on +44 (0) 207 827 6012 or jhaggan@smi-online.co.uk
    For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities please contact Fiona Punter on +44 (0) 207 827 6098 or fpunter@smi-online.co.uk

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Phil White

Phil White, Lead, Military Radio Systems, PA Consulting Group

9:10 Programme Update - Italian Future Capabilities

Brigadier General Ugo Manetti

Brigadier General Ugo Manetti, Director, International Programs Coordination Office, General Directorate for Telecommunications, IT and Advanced Technologies, Ministry of Defence, Italy

  • Working with industry to develop a next generation radio
  • Latest developments of research national contracts
  • The Italian participation in the international SDR programs
  • Further planned projects to drive forward national requirements and expertise in military SDR
  • 9:50 Finnish Approach from the National SDR Demonstrator Project to the Multinational SDR Prototype Programme

  • Military requirements for future radio communications systems
  • Recent results of the Finnish SDR studies
  • Challenges and prospects of SDR - a Finnish view
  • The way ahead after the Finnish SDR demonstrator programme
  • Major Jari Seppala

    Major Jari Seppala, Research Co-ordinator, Electronics and Information Technology Division, Finnish Defence Forces Technical Research Centre

    Heikki Rantanen

    Heikki Rantanen, Principal Scientist, Finnish Defence Forces Technical Research Centre

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Using the SCA with DSP's and FGPA's

    Steve Bernier

    Steve Bernier, Project Leader, Software Defined Radio, Communications Research Centre, Canada

  • Review of the SCA deployment mechanisms
  • How are DSP's and FPGA's different from GPP's?
  • How can an SCA application use a DSP/FPGA?
  • 11:40 SDR Market and Technology Trends Creating a New SDR Ecosystem

    Dominick  Paniscotti

    Dominick Paniscotti, General Manager, Software Defined Radio Products, PrismTech

  • Global SDR market overview and standards development efforts to support national and international requirements
  • SDR hardware and software enabling technologies accelarating SDR adoption
  • The emerging SDR products and supplier ecosystem that will speed deployment and lower total cost of ownership of Software Defined Radios
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Transforming Spectrum Management to Support Future Net-Centric Operations

    Paige R. Atkins

    Paige R. Atkins, Director, Defence Spectrum Organization, Defence Information Systems Agency (DISA), USA

  • Defense spectrum environment
  • Global spectrum challenges
  • Net-centric spectrum management vision
  • Spectrum management transformation
  • 14:30 Spectrum Management in the UK

    Jim Nixon

    Jim Nixon, Head, Defence Spectrum Management, Directorate of Command & Battlespace Management J6, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Spectrum space needs in the UK
  • Initiatives for freeing up spectrum space
  • Spectrum regulation
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Ongoing Operations for Establishing an International Commercial Standard

    Christian Serra

    Christian Serra, Chairman, SDR Forum

  • Drivers for accepted SDR standards
  • SDR Forum and Object Management Group (OMG) - how are they working together?
  • Building an international commercial standard based on the SCA - current status
  • Perspectives and contributions from the various ITU regions
  • Impact on the SDR Certification aspects
  • 16:20 Proven Techniques for Commercial SDR Waveform Development

    Annalies Squires

    Annalies Squires, Product Development Director, Etherstack

  • Development under a commercial business model
  • Key role of specialist design practices, expertise and tools in reducing development and maintenance costs
  • Designing to maximise software reusability, upgradeability and portability
  • Significance of SDR standardisation
  • Real-world commercial examples
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 Post Conference Drinks Reception Sponsored by Etherstack

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Phil White

    Phil White, Lead, Military Radio Systems, PA Consulting Group

    9:10 Tactical Radios - An Operational Insight

    Bob Wilson

    Bob Wilson, Deputy Project Manager, Command Posts, US Army

  • Technologies used
  • Requirements for SDR
  • Experiences and lessons learned
  • 9:50 OMG Software Radio Standards Overview

    Andrew Watson

    Andrew Watson, Vice President and Technical Director, Object Management Group, USA

  • Middleware specifications for software radio - CORBA and CORBA/e
  • General-purpose modelling languages used in SDR - UML & SysML
  • UML profile for Software Radio
  • UML profile for Modelling & Analysis of Real-time & Embedded systems (MARTE)
  • UML profile for DODAF & MODAF
  • Model-Driven Architecture
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The European Dimension in SDR

    Michel Gari

    Michel Gari, Principal Officer, Policy, European Defence Agency

  • EDA, as the venue for coordination and exchange of information between the various European initiatives
  • Catalyst of European Standardisation approach including close relation with the Commission
  • Initiator of the development of an European network of T&E capabilities for SDR certification: an example of European Defence Test & Evaluation Base rationalisation
  • 11:40 Air Combat Command Update

    Scott Hepburn

    Scott Hepburn, FAB-T Chief Engineer, Mitre Corporation, USA

  • Air Force family of advanced beyond-line-of-sight terminal (FAB-T) programme update
  • Operational requirements
  • Technological and design challenges
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Perspective on SDR and CR R&T Stakes for the European Wireless Commercial Industry

    Eric Nicollet

    Eric Nicollet, Embedded SDR Architecture Specialist, Thales Communications

  • Some commercial business cases
  • Technology and associated standardisation stakes
  • Cross-domain standardisation approaches - the Transceiver case
  • 14:30 The Practical Realisation of SDR

    Peter Dingley

    Peter Dingley, Head of Skynet 5 PMS Project, Astrium Services

  • Discussion of Astrium's strong practical SDR capability
  • Illustrations of practical experience of SCA for SDR
  • Highlights of lessons learned from the use of reference implementations
  • Multi-purpose / multi-mode illustrations of secure, robust and high data rate waveforms
  • Demonstrations of platform reconfigurability and portability
  • 15:10 SDR in Commercial and Civil Systems - Is there something to offer the Military?

    Peter Relph

    Peter Relph, Principal Consultant, PA Consulting Group

  • The state of the art in SDR in commercial products
  • Commercial SDR standards and thinking
  • Comparison with military SDR
  • What benefits and lessons learned can be cross-fertilised between the two camps
  • 15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks, Afternoon Tea and Close of Conference

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    Workshops

    The SCA and Rapid Application Development (RAD)
    Workshop

    The SCA and Rapid Application Development (RAD)

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    11th June 2008
    London, United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    Kensington
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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