2012 Karlsruhe WSR Overview
by Matt Ettus | Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I just got back from the 7th Karlsruhe Workshop on Software Radios (WSR - http://www-int.etec.uni-karlsruhe.de/seiten/conferences/wsr12/) at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology in Germany. Established in 2000, the workshop is a platform for discussions on recent developments in the field of multi-standard solutions for universal mobile telecommunications with about 150 participants from both industry and research.
With nearly 60 technical papers submitted, many of which involved the use of USRP hardware and GNU Radio, there were many interesting topics covered.
I was honored to have been invited to give a tutorial about "Dirty RF," or the impairments seen in real-world radio devices. I gave a shortened version of my talk from the 2011 GNU Radio conference entitled "Reality Bites: Why Radio Signals Don't Always Match the Textbooks."
Below is a photo (taken by Phil Balister) of me in front of a statue of Karlsruhe's most famous professor, Heinrich Hertz. It was at Karlsruhe in 1885 that Hertz discovered radio waves. I even have a sine wave on my sweatshirt, in the Ettus Research logo!
Thanks again to all the great folks at KIT!
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