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Entering its 11th year, SMi’s International Software Radio conference will once again bring together the leading minds in the field of Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Cognitive Radio.

Over the past year we have witnessed some rapid developments in the SDR industry, with many of Europe’s leading SDR programmes undergoing significant upgrade and development.

However, it is outside of the military that Cognitive Radio has seen some major breakthroughs with rapidly advancing cellular technologies. This conference will explore a comprehensive overview of all these developments and the significance for military aspects of SDR.

Attend and hear first hand from the leading academics, industry and military experts around the world on the future of International Software Radio.





  • Network with industry associates and explore the potential for collaboration in the commercial and public sectors
  • Attend and gain valuable insights into the activities of government agencies and armed forces from Europe and the United States
  • Understand the latest developments of Cognitive Radio and the significance of White Space
  • Hear ground breaking research on securing Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks
  • Meet the top academics setting the pace in the SDR industry



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

Phil White

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


Brigadier General Andrzej Kaczynski

Brigadier General Andrzej Kaczynski, Chief, Command and Communications Systems Directorate, General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces

  • SDR programme background and strategic context
  • Fielded equipment capabilities and ongoing projects
  • Participation in ESSOR
  • Technical details
  • Procurement and deployment plans
  • 9:50 SCA Next: The Evolution of Future Communications Systems

    Vincent Kovarik

    Vincent Kovarik, Chief Technical Officer, PrismTech

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Italian MoD SDR Programme Update

    Alessandro Vivoli

    Alessandro Vivoli, Chief of the C4I Section, Ministry of Defence, Italy

  • Update of the ongoing participation with NATO/European initiatives
  • Latest involvement with the US MIDS JTRS programme and future direction of involvement
  • The development of a family of National SDR prototypes
  • Status update on Italian participation in the ESSOR programme
  • 11:30 Managing the Challenges of Implementing Cognitive Radio

    Robert Murray

    Robert Murray, Senior Director, NXP Semiconductors

  • Overview and trends of cognitive radio in the consumer market
  • Technology status and examples of existing system and components
  • As consumer-based technology for CR continue to evolve at an ever-faster pace – how can the military market benefit from recent advances (Cost reduction etc)
  • 12:10 Approaches for Improving the Management of Spectrum, Communication and Interoperability

    Lieutenant Colonel Carlo Zammariello

    Lieutenant Colonel Carlo Zammariello, SDR Principal Officer, European Defence Agency

  • SDR initiatives under the EDA umbrella
  • Long term study, joint investment, ad hoc category B projects and possible future studies
  • SDR standardization and certification from an EDA perspective
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Programme Update - ESSOR

  • ESSOR programme strategic aim
  • Participating states
  • Status of the ESSOR programme
  • a4ESSOR introduction
  • ESSOR perspectives on SDR
  • ESSOR efforts on SDR architecture
  • ESSOR efforts on HDRWF definition and developments
  • Christian Serra

    Christian Serra, Technical Director, a4ESSOR

    Philippe Margot

    Philippe Margot, ESSOR Programme Manager , OCCAR-EA

    14:40 US Army CERDEC Government Reference Architecture Open Systems Initiatives

    Tom Rittenbach

    Tom Rittenbach, CERDEC S&TCD SEAMS Directorate, US Army CERDEC

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Software Defined Payloads – A European Perspective

    Dr. Piero Angeletti

    Dr. Piero Angeletti, On-Board Digitial Processor System Engineer, European Space Agency

  • Analysis of recent trends in satellite communication payloads from a system perspective
  • Critical discussion of advanced payload architectures based on the exploitation of Software Defined Radio techniques and technologies
  • Software Defined Payloads as the next evolution step in the progress of satellite communications systems
  • On-going European R&D
  • 16:20 The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Cognitive Communications

    Dr. David Grace, DPhil

    Dr. David Grace, DPhil, Senior Research Fellow, Head of Communications Research Group, York University

  • Introduction to relevant artificial intelligence techniques, including machine learning
  • Role of artificial intelligence in different wireless communication architectures, including an assessment of benefits and drawbacks
  • Possible near to medium term examples of use, with reference to European FP7 BuNGee project
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    Phil White

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

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Phil White

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

    9:10 Update of Finnish SDR Activities

  • Status of Finnish National SDR procurement
  • Operational use of SDR - the Finnish view
  • Cost-efficient waveform development - co-operation with mobile communication community
  • Future technical and operational capabilities of SDR
  • Major Jarkko Karsikas

    Major Jarkko Karsikas, Chief of Research and Development Division, CIS School, Signals Regiment, Finnish Defence Forces

    Heikki Rantanen

    Heikki Rantanen, Principal Scientist, Defence Forces Technical Research Centre, Electronics and Information Technology Division, Finland


    Dr. K.P. Subbalakshmi

    Dr. K.P. Subbalakshmi, Associate Professor, Stevens Institute Of Technology

  • Lets unlicensed wireless users occupy vacant radio spectrum bands when they are not in use by the primary user
  • Networks are vulnerable to unique threats
  • Security of DSA networks at several layers of the network protocol stack
  • Examples from experimental results from a real-life test-bed
  • Implications of these vulnerabilities on some emerging DSA standards
  • 11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:40 SDR Plans & Policy Considerations

    Lieutenant Colonel Bob Watson (Ret'd)

    Lieutenant Colonel Bob Watson (Ret'd), Interoperability Division, Combined Interoperability Programme Manager, J6, US European Command

  • Collaborative approach to achieve realisable interoperability with policy makers, engineers, and acquisition agencies 
  • Working closely hand-in-hand with the policy makers to ensure appropriate national level requirements are achieved as well as being inclusive of combined and coalition requirements
  • Working together to create stronger relationships with policy planners, operational planners, international organizations, and interagency
  • 12:20 Looking Back on the SCA

    Juan Pablo  Zamora Zapata

    Juan Pablo Zamora Zapata , Software Researcher , Communications Research Centre, Canada

  • The SCA can be made small
  • The SCA can be made fast
  • The SCA can speed up development
  • The SCA drives innovation
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:30 Reconfigurable Antennas for UHF and Microwave Cognitive Radio

    Dr. Peter Gardner

    Dr. Peter Gardner, Reader in Microwave Engineering, School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Birmingham University

  • A review of research into reconfigurable antennas and possible applications in cognitive radio
  • Band switchable antenna configurations
  • Introducing switched and turnable band stop notches in antennas responses
  • Applications in spectrum sensing and channel selection
  • 15:10 Benefits of Advanced Networking for SDR and Cognitive Radio

    Niccolo Privitera

    Niccolo Privitera, System Design Engineer, Selex Communications

  • Features for supporting Network Centric Warfare
  • Designing the modern networked waveform
  • Current and future capabilities
  • 15:50 Potential Military Applications of Cognitive Radio

    Dr. Anil Shukla

    Dr. Anil Shukla, Head, RF Operational Environments; Wireless Communications Group, QinetiQ

  • Advances being made in the CROWN project (Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks)
  • Realistic implementation of Cognitive Radios for better, more spectrally and financially efficient wireless communications
  • Advantages for military applications
  • Hurdles for implementation
  • 16:30 Chairman's Closing Remarks & Close of Conference



    SCA Specification Training

    SCA Specification Training

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    8th June 2011
    London, United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    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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