The full potential of software-defined radio for military applications has yet to be realised. Ongoing issues such as the lack of standardisation and limited operational perspectives have hindered SDR development in recent years. However, progress is being made all the time. 

With an exceptional line up of speakers, SAE Media Group’s 9th annual International Software Radio conference will give you the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in SDR. Attend and gain valuable insights into the activities of government agencies and armed forces from Europe and the United States

You will have the chance to network with industry associates and explore the potential for collaboration in the commercial and public sectors. This conference is an essential addition to the calendar of all those working in the industry.

  • Learn about the latest national military SDR programmes and capabilities 
  • Assess new ways of achieving interoperability in SDR
  • Hear about the latest operational experiences in the use of tactical radios
  • Understand the latest technological developments
  • Discuss standardisation and certification issues
  • Software Engineers
  • Tactical Communications Specialists
  • Waveform Developers
  • Software Communications Architechture Specialists
  • Communications Engineers
  • Field Applications Specialists
  • Marketing, Sales & Business Development


Feedback from International Software Radio 2008:

“This was an excellent forum for obtaining commercial insights into SDR implementation and European military approaches to SCA and SDR” Project Manager, Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS), US Army

“The conference was excellent. A good set of varied topics dealing with SDR aspects across the board”  Senior representative, Mitre Corporation

"Interactive and informative" Product Manager, Astrium Services

"Good cross section of what is going on in the industry" Senior representative, Datron World Communications

Organisations in attendance at International Software Radio 2008 included:

Green Hills Software, Selex Communications, Thales, Rockwell Collins, Terrafix, Astrium, Prismtech, Spectrum Signal Processing, Zeligsoft, Etherstack, Plextek, Indra Systems, Tadiran Communications

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Phil White

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


Dr. Michael Street

Dr. Michael Street, Principal Scientist, NATO C3 Agency

  • SDR and Network Enabled Capability
  • Role of SDR in fielding interoperable tactical wireless communications
  • Waveform development to meet current and future requirements
  • NATO framework for waveform sharing and software portability
  • Multi-national development – Applying  lessons learned from SCIP to SDR
  • 9:50 SDR-Enabled Secure Communications

    Dr. Taj Sturman

    Dr. Taj Sturman, Communication Systems Engineer, Astrium

  • Practical experience of SDR technology
  • Demonstration of Waveform Porting and Platform Reconfigurability
  • Assured SDR communications.
  • Tactical nodes with cognitive radio for robust communications
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Italian SDR Programme Update

    Brigadier General Ugo Manetti

    Brigadier General Ugo Manetti, Director of International Programmes Coordination Office, TELEDIFE, Ministry of Defence, Italy

  • Italian armed forces SDR operational requirements 
  • Research programmes in progress 
  • Participation in ESSOR program
  • Development and production of the SDR family and legacy waveforms
  • International cooperation on SDR and waveforms – Benefits
  • 11:30 The ESSOR Programme

  • Role of OCCAR-EA
  • Aim of the ESSOR Programme and participating nations
  • Status of the ESSOR Programme
  • Time frame and expected outcomes
  • Philippe Margot

    Philippe Margot, ESSOR Programme Manager , OCCAR-EA

    Jari  Seppala

    Jari Seppala , ESSOR Programme Management Support Officer , OCCAR-EA

    12:10 Networking Lunch


    Dr. Donald H.  Steinbrecher

    Dr. Donald H. Steinbrecher, Chief Scientist, Navy Undersea Warfare Centre

  • Instantaneous Signal Dynamic Range
  • Defining allowable signal amplitudes
  • ISDR expansion
  • The potential for new architecture paradigms
  • 14:00 Wideband SDR – A Practical Approach

    Bill  Beamish

    Bill Beamish, Director, Product Line Management, Harris Corporation

  • Emerging tactical radio requirements
  • Commercial development approach
  • SCA as a way of life
  • Wideband waveform development – lessons learned
  • 14:40 Prospects for International SDR Standardisation

    Christian Serra

    Christian Serra, Chairman Emeritus, SDR Forum

  • Need for international standardization
  • Role of the SDR Forum
  • Crossover between the commercial and military sectors
  • Transatlantic relations
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Case Study: SCA Software-Defined Radio

    Sébastien  Leblanc

    Sébastien Leblanc , Manager, Hardware Design , Ultra Electronics

  • Ultra Electronic TCS
  • Military Network Interconnection Challenges
  • Case Study: Ultra’s SCA/SDR Platform (AN/GRC-245A(V))
  • Moving Forward with an SCA Enabled Radio Platform
  • 16:20 The EDA Approach to SDR Standardisation

    Tero Solante

    Tero Solante, Principal Officer SDR, European Defence Agency

  • Role of the EDA
  • Identifying and overcoming the challenges
  • Current European SDR programmes
  • Prospects for standardisation in Europe
  • 17:00 European and International Standardisation Efforts for Efficient Spectrum Utilization

    Alan Dearlove

    Alan Dearlove, Chairman, Public Safety Working Group, Reconfigurable Radio Systems Technical Committee, European Telecommunications Standards Institute

  • Bandsharing
  • Reconfigurable radio systems
  • Mitigation techniques
  • Security
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Phil White

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

    9:10 SDR Implementation and Management

    Bob Wilson

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

  • Operational Experiences
  • Compatibility with other communication systems
  • Advantages offered to command station
  • Future aims
  • 9:45 Transitioning SDR to the Cognitive World

    Dr. Mahbub  Hoque

    Dr. Mahbub Hoque, Chief Scientist of the Space & Terrestrial Communication Directorate, Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center

  • Cognitive environments for tactical communication
  • Bringing SDR to next step – cognitive radio
  • Cognitive antennae – a new paradigm in communication environment
  • Dynamic spectrum allocation policy for cognitive networks
  • 10:20 SDR on the Battlefield – An Operational View

    10:55 Morning Coffee

    11:25 Benefits of MIMO Technology in Tactical Data Links

    Dr. David Haessig

    Dr. David Haessig, Member of Senior Technical Staff, BAE Systems

  • MIMO (Multi-In Multi-Out) – Definition and technical background
  • Theoretical and measured performance gains
  • MIMO adoption in commercial and military standards
  • Tactical network performance enhancement
  • Insertion of MIMO into JTRS
  • 12:00 Complex Networks

    Dr. Robert Bonneau

    Dr. Robert Bonneau, Program Manager , Air Force Office Of Scientific Research

  • Issues in quantifying and managing the performance of heterogeneous dynamic networks
  • Topological methods
  • Estimation and ergodic theory in networks
  • Air Force networking challenges
  • 12:35 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Finnish SDR programme Update

    Heikki Rantanen

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

  • Current activities
  • Challenges of European SDR development
  • Efficient Waveform Development Environments in SDR Business
  • 14:00 Finnish ESSOR SDR Prototype Platform

    Harri Romppainen

    Harri Romppainen, Manager, SDR Solutions, Elektrobit

  • Modular SDR architectures
  • Commercial technologies in military SDR
  • Software defined Mobile WiMAX solutions
  • 14:20 Systems of Systems and Software-Defined Radios

    James Smith II

    James Smith II, Senior Member of Technical Staff, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute

  • Systems of systems and the operational implications of software-defined radios
  • Programmatic challenges
  • Re-thinking test and evaluation
  • Thoughts on a “way ahead”
  • 14:55 Afternoon Tea

    15:15 SCA Application Programming Interfaces

    Steve Bernier

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

  • Core framework APIs
  • Domain specific APIs
  • Portability and interoperability
  • Certification processes
  • 15:50 Reconfigurable Radio Network Efforts in EU-Funded Programmes

    Dr. Linda  Doyle

    Dr. Linda Doyle, Associate Professor , Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research

  • Redefining SDR: Reconfigurability
  • From terminals to applications
  • Dynamic Spectrum Allocation
  • Cognitive Radio
  • 16:25 SDR, Cognitive Radio and MANET Technology – Transforming Tomorrow’s Wireless Mobility

    Dr. David Murotake

    Dr. David Murotake, President, SCA Technica

  • SDR, CR and MANET – a survey of international development trends
  • Next generation wireless mobility – identifying and harvesting the “low hanging fruit”
  • Issues and challenges – influencing national and corporate technology strategies
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference



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    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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