SDRA's Return To The Future
Wednesday, March 01 2023
We have finally brought Covid behind us. It appears more like a bad dream from the past. Already last year the SDRA was a presence event, but some things from the Covid era are bound to stay: Hybrid events will be the new standard, and it makes a lot of sense, particularly for us as we have been streaming our conferences for a very long time.
So yes, we are going to stage another SDRA, and this year it will be the ninth conference and we will see the first repetition of the award ceremony of the Ulrich L Rohde award. In particular I hope that we will be able to hand over the award live and on stage in Friedrichshafen, even if we don't consider presence as a preconditon to win the award. Please note that Prof. Rohde has decided to extend the award to a second and third place so that applicants have a higher chance to be considered. We particularly encourage young researchers to submit their work as winning the Ulrich L Rohde award is a good start for a scientific career in the field of SDR research.
Our co-operation with the European GNU Radio Days is ongoing, even though our colleagues have decided to choose another date (March 29./30.), different from the SDRA, and in Paris, which is what we're looking forward to follow. We wish our friends a very successful event and congratulate for the high standard of talks as they have been announced.
Our audience has turned out to be growing again on site in Friedrichshafen, which we appreciate a lot, but there will still be many who will follow us over the Internet, be it for the sake of travel efforts or for other reasons. In any case we do sollicit speakers to propose their talks even from remote, and on site in Friedrichshafen anyway. And we do hope to attract our audience from all over the world once again, and we're happy to understand that our YouTube channel has gained more than 4200 subscribers, which is a considerable amount, given the very special nature of our topic. We are confident that this number will continue to grow, as long as we can share interesting talks and tutorial, and we don't intend to stop doing so in the forseeable future.
Regarding the mode of our talks, we have seen that in case of online contributions we will be able to guarantee the best qualiy by pre-recording them a couple of weeks before the SDRA and playing them after a short live introduction and welcome during the conference. If you intend to contribute remote, please plan to be camera-ready with all of your talk a few weeks before. After playing your pre-recorded talk you will be live on the screen again with the possibility to interact with our audience and respond to questions that come in through the stream.
We will work with 30 minutes frames again. A regular talk shall be about 20-25 minutes in length, with a few minutes preparation to come to the stage, for the introduction, and then for the discussion afterwards. We are prepared to grant more time in case of fundamental talks and tutorials. As in the years before, we prefer presentations in English, while we don't exclude talks in German in cases a speaker is more confident.
So the 9th SDRA will take place on June 23/24/25 2023. As of now we are still a little unsure on which days we will host the programme, because the live event in Friedrichshafen will terminate on Sunday around lunchtime. So we will have to concentrate on Saturday 24 for the main event, while there may be some timeslots on Friday, but we will see.
The SDRA will open the stage for all enthusiasts, experts and professionals in Software Defined Radio, be them from academia, community or industry. The SDRA has the following goals:
- Support and drive institutional and personal research around Software Defined Radio
- Establish a conference where SDR developers can meet
- Attract Radio Amateurs and show paths into SDR
- Define a scientific format for talks, presentations and posters
- Define a publication platform together with the DARC publishing house
- Demonstrate modern radio technology to the interested public audience
Though we do not just want to address scientists, but the general Amateur Radio public. We welcome all contributions, tutorials, beginners' guides to SDR and the like. Even if you've never considered Software Defined Radio, we want to attract you as a listener with insightful information.
If you have conducted own research and experiments, please consider our Call For Papers:
If you think that your research is worth demonstrating to an interested audience, feel free to contact us! We will be happy to help you with your publication. We are also happy about introductory talks that can help newbies to start into this thrilling and fascinating field of technology: