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Now in its 10th year, the SMi International Software Radio conference will once again give you the opportunity to review the latest programme updates, national capabilities, operational feedback and technological developments in the field of software defined radio.

Attend and meet with key national decision makers, who will update you on their national SDR programmes. What are the French, Spanish and Italian plans and how are they progressing with research and development? Furthermore, once again hear an update on NATO SDR and the NATO framework.

International Software Radio 2010 will also give you the opportunity to discuss the evolution of SDR with the people that matter. Assess the future and evolution of cognitive radio and learn how your organisation can take advantage of and develop this technology.

  • Network with military and government decision makers from across Europe, North America and NATO
  • Hear the latest status of SDR programmes, research and development from across Europe, NATO and the ESSOR Programme
  • Discuss the evolution of Software Defined Radio with a keynote address on cognitive radio - what are the challenges and opportunities?
  • Assess military insights on operations and the future of SDR
  • Analyse SDR standardisation - what are the latest needs and requirements? Hear standardisation updates from SDR Forum, European Defence Agency and Object Management group

Military and government delegate profile

  • Telecommunications and Communications Directors
  • Project and Programme Coordinators
  • SDR Coordinators
  • Advanced Radio Systems
  • Systems Engineers
  • Software Engineers
  • Technical Directors
  • Procurement and Acquisition leads

Commercial delegate profile

  • Technical Directors
  • Systems Engineers
  • Software Engineers
  • Marketing, Sales and Business Development
  • Senior Consultants
  • Project and Programme Management

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Phil White

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

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS

Dr Michael Street

Dr Michael Street, Principal Scientist – Communication Systems, NATO C3 Agency

9:50 OMG Software Radio Standards Overview - Standardising Interfaces and Design Tools for SDR and Complex Defence Systems

Andrew Watson

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

  • Middleware specifications for software radio - COBRA and COBRA/e
  • General-purpose modelling languages used in SDR - UML & SysML
  • UML profile for Software Radio
  • PIM and PSM for Smart Antenna
  • UML profile for modelling and analysis of real-time and embedded systems (MARTE)
  • UML profile for DODAF & MODAF
  • Model-Driven Architecture
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 UK SDR Activities

  • How can SDR capability complement the UK Network Enabled Capability (NEC) vision?
  • Challenges facing SDR in the UK
  • UK research initiatives
  • George Vongas

    George Vongas, Programme Coordinator, Command Control & Information Infrastructure, Defence Science Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

    Lieutenant Colonel Robert Valieant

    Lieutenant Colonel Robert Valieant, US Exchange Officer, Command Support Development Centre, UK Ministry of Defence

    11:40 ESSOR Programme Update

  • How is the programme managed?
  • Current status
  • Technical content
  • Perspectives for the future
  • Philippe Margot

    Philippe Margot, ESSOR Programme Director, OCCAR-EA

    Christian Serra

    Christian Serra, Technical Director, a4ESSOR

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 PANEL DISCUSSION: The Transferability of SDR Technologies Between the Commercial and Military Sectors

    Dr Phil White

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

    Andrew Watson

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

    Steve Bernier

    Steve Bernier, Advanced Radio Systems Group Leader, Communications Research Centre, Canada

    14:30 Issues in Fielding Large Scale Cognitive Radio Networks in Hostile Environments

    James Neel PhD

    James Neel PhD, President, Cognitive Radio Technologies

  • Interactions of CR Networks yield emergent behaviour
  • Systems designed to manage CR behaviour can be subverted by malicious nodes
  • Malicious nodes can adhere to policy while damaging the network
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 The EDA Approach to SDR Standardisation

    Tero Solante

    Tero Solante, Principal SDR Officer, Armaments Directorate, European Defence Agency

  • The role of the EDA in coordinating information exchange between the various European initiatives
  • Prospects for standardisation in Europe
  • Intermediate results from SDR standardisation and certification feasibility study
  • 16:20 Key Elements for Systems Interoperability in Software Defined Radio

    Claudio Armani

    Claudio Armani, Head of Wireless System Innovation, SELEX Communications

  • Ongoing SDR initiatives: cooperative programmes
  • Awaited advantages for networks and product development (SCA, OE, waveforms)
  • New network-level features and performance improvements
  • Enabling suitable scale economy in order to really foster architectural and technological improvements
  • Importance of the undertaken initiatives for standardisation and creation of certification labs
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Phil White

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

    9:10 The Future of Cognitive Radio - Challenges and Opportunities

    Dr Joseph Mitola

    Dr Joseph Mitola, Vice President for the Research Enterprise, Stevens Institute Of Technology

  • The evolution of cognitive radio
  • Heterogeneous system on chip (SoC) architectures
  • Cognitive linguistics
  • 9:50 SCA Development Overview

    Steve Bernier

    Steve Bernier, Advanced Radio Systems Group Leader, Communications Research Centre, Canada

  • The SCA basics
  • The importance of APIs
  • SCA certification overview
  • SCA next
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 SDR Technology - The Challenges in WF Portability and Implementation

    Eric Nicollet

    Eric Nicollet, Group Leader, Software Defined Radio, Thales

  • Challenges for portability for DSP and FPGA environments
  • Importance of developments environments: comparison of porting existing WF and developing new WF for portability
  • Thales SDR WF porting and developing experiences
  • 11:40 SPECIAL ADDRESS

    Gian Luigi Marinoni

    Gian Luigi Marinoni, Section Leader, Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence, Ministry of Defence, Italy

  • Latest SDR requirements for the Italian Armed Forces
  • Ongoing developments of the SDR National Programme
  • Italian expectations from ESSOR Programme
  • Italian expectations from international cooperation
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 The Role of the Wireless Innovation Forum (SDR Forum Version 2.0) in Developing International SDR Standardisation

    David Renaudeau

    David Renaudeau, Europe Region Director, Wireless Innovation Forum (SDR Forum Version 2.0)

  • The need for international standardisation
  • The different actors
  • the role of the forum and perspective
  • 14:30 Future SDR Capabilities - A French Perspective

    Brigadier General Jean-Luc Combrisson

    Brigadier General Jean-Luc Combrisson, Head, Telecommunications and INFOSEC Branch, DGA, Ministry of Defence, France

  • SDR performance on operations - the future role?
  • Latest ongoign SDR projects
  • Future capabilities for SDR
  • 15:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    15:20 Afternoon Tea and Close of Conference

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    Workshops

    Software Defined Radio into the Next Generation
    Workshop

    Software Defined Radio into the Next Generation

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James
    9th June 2010
    London, United Kingdom

    Under the Hood of an SCA Radio
    Workshop

    Under the Hood of an SCA Radio

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James
    9th June 2010
    London, United Kingdom

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

    Buckingham Gate 45/51
    London SW1E 6AF
    United Kingdom

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

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