This half-day workshop will bring together industry expertise to explore how you can implement automated global export compliance systems and embed them into your organisation’s infrastructure. Export controls and regulations in the defence industry are stringent and companies’ export management processes become extremely complex. This increasingly requires expert, automated and integrated solutions to traverse the labyrinth of global export laws and controls. Errors can happen from the external supply chain to the licensing application and no company can operate alone or rely wholly upon their own internal compliance policies and procedures.

This conference will explore the pitfalls of not automating global compliance systems and benefits and control that can be gained from implementing such a measure.


  •  Hear case study first hand evidence from around the world
  • Update your understanding of SDR research & development programmes
  • Analyse the latest ESSOR updates
  • Strategise for coalition and multi-national operability
  • Further your knowledge of SDR waveform portability
  • Debate the future of SDR
  • Discuss potential & utility of cognitive radio
  • Evaluate airborne SDR
  • Network with key industry professionals


 Feedback from 2011 delegates included:

"Good, detailed and informative...good mix of technology and actual progress" - PA Consulting

"Good technical information" - OCCAR-EA

"One of the best in the field" -Birmingham University

"Very good speakers" -Ministry of Defense, France

"Very clear and informative" -Harris Corp.


For Sponsorhsip and Exhibiting opportunites please contact the sponsorship department. 

For Media Partnership and Marketing opportunities please contact the marketing department


Previous attendees have included;


  • Associate Professor
  • CERDEC S&TCD SEAMS Directorate
  • Chief of the C4I Section
  • Chief Researcher
  • Chief Scientist
  • Chief Technical Officer
  • Chief, Command and Communications Systems Directorate
  • Commander
  • Deputy JPEO, JTRS
  • Director, Tactical Radio Programs
  • ESSOR Programme Manager
  • FAB-T Chief Engineer
  • Head of Research and Development and Senior Technologist
  • Head of Research and Development Division, Army Signal School
  • Head, RF Operating Environments
  • Interoperability Division Combined Interoperability Programme Manager
  • Lead, Military Radio Systems
  • Naval C4I Programs
  • Principal Scientist
  • Program Manager, Advanced Technology Office
  • Reader in Microwave Engineering
  • Scientist
  • SDR Research Scientist
  • Senior Director
  • Software Defined Radio Principal Officer
  • Software Researcher
  • Staff Officer, Telecommunications Branch, Joint Forces Development
  • System Design Engineer
  • Technical Director
  • UK JTRS Acquisition Focal Point, ICE-PMIC Identification & Communication Equipment IPT
  • Vice President for the Research Enterprise
  • Vice President of Government Programs 


From Organisations such as:

a4ESSOR, Ascom (Schweiz) AG, Astrium Services, C TECH. AS, Cassidian, Cobham Technical Services, Communications Research Centre, Canada, CTI-AIS, Curran Associates, DARPA, DSTL, Elbit Systems – Tadiran, EMPRESA DE INVESTIGAÇÃO (EID), Etherstack, European Commision, European Defence Agency, European Space Agency, Finnish Defence Forces, Finnish Defence Staff, General Dynamics, Green Hills Software, Hagenuk Marinekommunikation, Harris Systems Ltd, HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC INC, HMGCC, IABG, INDRA, IRIDIUM, ITT Defence, JTRS JPO, Lockheed Martin, Lynux Works, Ministry of Defence, Italy, Ministry of Defence, Poland, Ministry of Defence, UK, National Assesment Corp NATO C3 Agency, Navantia, Navy Undersea Warfare Centre, Northrop Grumman, Northwest Technology, NXP Semiconductors, Objective Interface Systems, OCCAR-EA, Ofcom, Onera, PrismTech, QA, QinetiQ, Radio Electronics, Rockwell Collins, Rohde & Schwarz, SCA Technica, Selex Communications, Space Coast Communication Systems, Stevens Institute Of Technology, Swedish Armed Forces, T N O Defence Security And Safety, Telefunken RACOMS, Terrafix Limited, Thales, The IET, The MITRE Corporation, UAEC Company, Ultra Electronics TCS, US Army CERDEC, US Army PEO C3T, US European Command, xG Technology Inc, Xilinx Ireland

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 Airborne Software Defined Radio

Robert  Bonneau

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

• Reliable transmission of mission-critical information
• Jet or propeller aircraft, helicopters or unmanned aerial vehicles.
•  Effective airborne communications. Systems

9:50 Family of advanced beyond line-of-sight terminals (FAB-T) – acquisition of a software defined radio for ground and airborne communications

Scott Hepburn

Scott Hepburn, FAB-T Chief Engineer, The MITRE Corporation

• Discussion of how FAB-T provides command and control communications for ground and airborne satellite terminals
• Discussion of FAB-T’s role to interoperate with the Air Force Milstar communications satellites and the next-generation Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellites
• Discussion of the terminal architecture to provide increased flexibility, interoperability, and reduced overall costs
• Discussion of the challenges in building a terminal to meet the harsh airborne environmental requirements

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Spectrum Sensing for Future networks

Kamran Arshad

Kamran Arshad, CCSR, University of Greenwich

• Brief tutorial to spectrum sensing
• Overview of spectrum sensing algorithms
• Collaborative spectrum sensing mechanisms
• Collaborative sensing – challenges
• Conclusions and way forward

11:40 Dynamic Spectrum Management for the Coexistence of Cognitive Tactical Radio Networks

Vincent Le Nir

Vincent Le Nir, Communications Information Systems and Sensors (CISS), Royal Military Academy O Belgium

• Added value of dynamic spectrum management in a military context
• Presentation of a possible candidate, the iterative waterfilling algorithm (IWFA)
• Drawbacks of the algorithm and proposition of an improved algorithm based on sub-channel selection
• Simulation results comparing the algorithms in an event-driven simulator OMNeT++/MiXiM

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:30 Ten years of Cognitive Radio: towards commercial implementation

Simon Delaere

Simon Delaere, IBB-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

• The origins of the CR concept
• Use cases that are being envisaged
• Technological enablers (databases, beacon channels, sensing) and their regulatory tracks
• Commercial outlook: use cases, bottlenecks

14:10 Dynamic Reconfiguration Technologies Based on FPGA in Software Defined Radio System

Ke He

Ke He, CIDCOM, University of Strathclyde

• Motivation and Objective
• Reconfiguration Technologies: Partial Reconfiguration (PR); Dynamic Reconfigurable Ports (DRP).
• Multiple Standards Analysis :  Modulation and Digital Front End parts of LTE, IEEE 802.16e (WiMAX), WCDMA and IEEE 802.11n (Wifi) standards 4. Hierarchical Design Methodology 5. Implementation Results and Comparisons 6. Conclusion and Future Work

15:10 Integrated Circuit Advances for Cognitive Radio

Robert Murray

Robert Murray, Senior Director, NXP Semiconductors

  • Spectral Sensing, Full Spectrum Capture
  •  Multi-band receivers
  • GaN the enabler for a Digital transmitters
  • Direct Digital Synthesis - Digits to RF
  • 15:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    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 ESSOR programme 2012 update

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

    Christian Serra

    Christian Serra, a4ESSOR SAS Technical Director, a4ESSOR

    Philippe Margot

    Philippe Margot, ESSOR Programme Manager , OCCAR-EA

    9:50 Cognitive Radio Networks in the Real World

    Rick Rotondo

    Rick Rotondo, VP Marketing, xG Technology Inc

    • What is cognitive radio capable of achieving today?
    • Applying cognitive technologies to the military
    • Developing anti-jamming technologies
    • Networks on the move

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Software- Defined Radio Signals Intercept Systems

    Donald H.  Steinbrecher

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

    • 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

    11:40 Reconfigurable Software Defined Payload architecture

    Piero Angeletti

    Piero Angeletti, SDR Research Scientist, European Space Agency

    • WLAN standards – HiperLAN2  and Bluetooth
    • Baseband demodulation
    • Algorithms analysis
    • Reconfigurable architectures
    • Architecture design
    • Algorithm mapping
    • Synthesis and Evaluation

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Building Portable Waveform Software with SOAR

    John Bard

    John Bard, President - CEO, Space Coast Communication Systems

  • Waveform definition in UML
  • Portability and Optimality
  • SCA and other Software Radio Standards
  • The Use of Tools: Vendor Lock or Platform Independence


  • 14:10 Where Software Radio has come and where it’s going

    Phil White

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

    • Where are we now on Software Radio in military systems
    • What are the big issues remaining
    • Military systems – ‘owning the ether’, combining communications and ECM systems

    14:50 GVF Panel Discussion: 'Satcom and SDR: Are They Compatible?'

  • Has Interference to Satcom Services Been Identified?
  • Is Compatibility Technically Feasible?
  • What Are the Market Implications?
  • Mark Dale

    Mark Dale, Vice President of Product Management, Comtech EF Data

    Vincent Kovarik

    Vincent Kovarik, Chief Technical Officer, PrismTech

    Martin Jarrold

    Martin Jarrold, Chief, International Programme Development, Global VSAT Forum

    15:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



    Software Radio: History, Trends and Market Drivers

    Software Radio: History, Trends and Market Drivers

    Central London
    19th June 2012
    London, United Kingdom

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    Scarsdale Place
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    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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