Python Applications for Digital Design and Signal Processing – Webinar


Dates:  Thursdays – October 1, 8, 15, 22 and Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27

Time:  6:30PM – 8:00PM Eastern Time

Where:  Live Webinar

Members: $190
Non-members: $210

This is a hands-on course in the popular and powerful open source Python programming language.

Dan provides simple, straight-forward navigation through the multiple configurations and options, providing a best-practices approach for quickly getting up to speed using Python for solving signal processing challenges. Students will be using the Anaconda distribution, which combines Python with the most popular data science applications, and the Jupyter Notebooks for a rich, interactive experience.

The course begins with basic Python data structures and constructs, including key “Pythonic” concepts, followed by an overview and use of popular packages for scientific computing enabling rapid prototyping for system design.

Once a basic working knowledge of the language is established, students will create example designs including a sigma delta converter and direct digital synthesizer both in floating point and fixed point. This will include considerations for cycle and bit accurate models useful for digital design verification (FPGA/ASIC), while bringing forward the signal processing tools for frequency and time domain analysis.

Jupyter Notebooks: This course makes extensive use of Jupyter Notebooks which combines running Python code with interactive plots and graphics for a rich user experience. Jupyter Notebooks is an open-source web-based application (that can be run locally) that allows users to create and share visually appealing documents containing code, graphics, visualizations and interactive plots. Students will be able to interact with the notebook contents and use “take-it-with-you” results for future applications in signal processing.

Target Audience: This course is targeted toward users with little to no prior experience in Python, however familiarity with other modern programming languages and an exposure to object-oriented constructs is very helpful. Students should be comfortable with basic signal processing concepts in the frequency and time domain. Familiarity in Matlab or Octave is not required, but the equivalent operations in Python using the NumPy package will be provided for those students that do currently use Matlab and/or Octave for signal processing applications.

Benefits of Attending/Goals of Course:  Attendees will gain an overall appreciation of using Python and quickly get up to speed in best practice use of Python and related tools specific to modeling and simulation for signal processing analysis and design.

A laptop (Mac or PC) preconfigured with Anaconda is required; the specific installation instructions will be emailed to students prior to the start of class.


Dan Boschen has a MS in Communications and Signal Processing from Northeastern University, with over 25 years of experience in system and hardware design for radio transceivers and modems. He has held various positions at Signal Technologies, MITRE, Airvana and Hittite Microwave designing and developing transceiver hardware from baseband to antenna for wireless communications systems. Dan is currently at Microchip (formerly Microsemi and Symmetricom) leading design efforts for advanced frequency and time solutions.

For more background information, please view Dan’s Linked-In page.

All Classes 6:30pm-8:00pm ET on the dates listed below

Thursday, October 1 and Tuesday, October 6

Topic 1: Intro to Jupyter Notebooks, the Spyder IDE and the course design examples including Delta Sigma Converters, GPS Code Generators, and Numerically Controlled Oscillators. Core Python constructs.

Thursday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 13

Topic 2: Core Python constructs, functions, reading writing data files.

Thursday, October 15 and Tuesday, October 20

Topic 3: Signal processing simulation with popular packages including NumPy, SciPy, and Matplotlib.

Thursday, October 22 and Tuesday, October 27

Topic 4: Bit/cycle accurate modelling and analysis using the design examples and simulation packages

If you have any questions, please reach out to us via phone or email: Phone 781-245-5405, or email

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will be refunded (less a $50 processing fee) up to the early registration cut-off date. Please refer to each course for cutoff dates. After that date, only substitutions are allowed.