Software Defined Radio workshop Featuring RTL SDR USB Radio 🗓 🗺

meeting workshop
1947 N. 12th St Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States 19122 Map


Date: May 18 2019.
Time: 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM (EDT)
Speaker: Dr. Dennis Silage.

1947 N. 12th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States 19122

Cost: Free
RSVP: Required.
Event Details & Registration: (URL)


A Software Defined Radio (SDR) is a communications system that uses software to define its functionality.  Traditional communications systems utilize hardware to define its principal function, while software provides a user interface and various support functions.  This brings about a limitation because to change system functionality requires different hardware.   An SDR overcomes this limitation, by providing the flexibility to change system functionality by simply modifying or replacing software programs. In other words, an SDR allows easy upgrade to new functionality and improved performance without the need to replace hardware.  SDRs can also be easily modified to accommodate individual applications.  Additionally, advances in modern computing, increased speed and efficient digital signal processing techniques, radio components such as modulators, demodulators, tuners, etc. can all be implemented in software instead.  Hence the term, software defined radio.
This workshop will introduce students to the concepts of SDR, and demonstrate digital signal processing techniques using the low cost, RTL-SDR USB Dongle along with MATLAB/Simulink and the communications toolbox.  Students will perform hands-on simulation activities using the installed MATLAB/Simulink in the ECE lab at Temple University.


Dr. Dennis Silage received the PhD in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. Prior to joining the Faculty at Temple University in 1984, he had a biomedical research career, with research faculty and adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, the Medical College of Pennsylvania and the Mount Sinai Medical School. Dr. Silage has been a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Temple University since 1984, teaches digital data communication, digital signal and image processing and embedded processing systems. His research is in these areas with high performance, real-time computational architectures using field programmable gate arrays. He has recently supervised four PhD candidates to completion and twenty-two MSE students. Dr. Silage is past chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), recipient of the 2007 ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Award, the 2011 ASEE ECE Division Meritorious Service Award, the Lindbach Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012. He is a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics.