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Software Defined Everything (SDR, Cognitive Radio, SDN) IOT and the move to 5G

December 16, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

Co-sponsored by: Reliability Society, WIE NOVA, Baltimore Section


Many areas are moving from hardware only to a mix of hardware and software and in some cases, mostly software.  This one day workshop will address changes in design and implementation. We will discuss software defined radios (SDR), cognitive radios, software defined networks (SDN) and antennas.  The workshop will be a combination of lecture, informal presentations, demonstrations, and some hands on activities. Attendees with technical backgrounds should learn something new as well as seeing changes to old established areas. 

As the day’s schedule, speakers, and demonstrations evolve, we will post updates. Expected update schedule is as follows:

Friday November  24– completed

Friday December 1 — completed

Friday December 8 — completed

Wednesday December 13

Speaker(s): Dr. Yang Guo, Internet and Scalable Systems Metrology Group, NIST,




09:00-09:30 am Registration, networking, coffee, juice and bagels


09:35-10:30 am Key Note Address: Dr. Yang Guo, Internet and Scalable Systems Metrology Group, NIST


10:30-10:40 am Break


10:40-11:10 am Software Defined Networks (SDN): Examples of Open Source groups and use cases:



11:10-11:40 am Achieving High-Resilence in SDNs with 3D Stacked Infrastructure Nodes (Mr. Steve Fiore)


11:40-1:00 pm Internet of Things (IoT)


  • Definitions, key industry WAS, Intel, IBM Watson) (Dr. Carroll)

  • Actively connected Smart Homes and devices : weather stations that do more than just record temperature and humidity; Residence monitoring (heating and cooling); Cat feeding stations, and more. (Mr Karl Berger)


1:00- 1:30 pm Light Lunch


1:30- 3:00 pm From early days to now: Path to 5G, Software Defined Radio, Cognitive Radio and move to software


  • 5G

  • Software-Hardware tradeoffs

  • Analog to digital conversions and digital signal processing.

  • Software Defined Radio – Cognitive Radio basics. (Dr. Charles Dietlein, Mr. Roger Cutitta)

  • Cognitive Radio Workbench. (Dr. Garima Bajwa)

  • Demonstrations – SDR (Mr. Tim Cash, Mr. Sherwood Olson)


3:00 – 3:15 pm Coffee Break


3:15 – 3:45 pm Regulatory picture world wide; spectrum management


3:45- 4:00 pm Antennas (Dr. K. Duncan, invited)


4:00- 4:30 pm Informal discussion, hands on with demonstrations; planning for other workshops


4:45-4:55 pm Cleanup


4:55-5:00 pm Good Bye’s



Bldg: Engineering Building (park anywhere)
Capitol Technology University (www.CapTechU.edu)
11301 Springfield Road
Laurel, Maryland


December 16, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
More Information and Registration


City: Laurel