IEEE Philadelphia Section & Circuit and Systems Society presents

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. 

The course modules include:

  • introduction to ADC, I/Q demodulator and digital signal sampling theory,
  • integration of RTL SDR into MATLAB/Simulink
  • reception of Several “wireless” signals generated by AM and FM broadcast stations and others within the lab,
  • continued study of I/Q demodulation of binary and M-ary digital signals,
  • Introduction of take-home applications of free software,
  • Discussions on home-brew antenna construction and bandwidth considerations.
  • GNU radio will be described with a "show and tell" and handout links to continue after the workshop.

Texts and other class materials will be provided on a USB flash drive and distributed on the day of the workshop.

  Date and Time




  • 1947 N. 12th St
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • United States 19122
  • Building: Temple University, Engineering Building
  • Room Number: Room E301, 3rd Floor

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  • Contact John Iannuzzi. 

  • Starts 26 March 2019 09:17 AM
  • Ends 17 May 2019 12:00 PM
  • All times are US/Eastern
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Dr. Dennis Silage


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.


Registration includes notes, and USB SDR Radio. Lunch on your own is available at a number of locations on Temple University campus.

*Important Note:  SDR Radio NOT INCLUDED AFTER MAY 3, 2019.  Participants must purchase radio on their own at that point.  Radios are available at:

Texts and other class materials will be provided on a USB flash drive and distributed on the day of the workshop.

Participants will retain the hardware and selected texts at the conclusion of the workshop.