Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for Software Radio

June 20, 2024 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm America/New York Timezone


Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for Software Radio

Course Kick-off / Orientation 6:00PM – 6:30PM EDT; Thursday, June 13, 2024

First Video Release, Thursday, June 13, 2024.   Additional videos released weekly in advance of that week’s live session!

Live Workshops:  6:00PM – 7:30PM EDT; Thursdays, June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Registration is open through the last live workshop date.  Live workshops are recorded for later use.

Course Information will be distributed on Thursday, June 13, 2024 in advance of and in preparation for the first live workshop session.  A live orientation session will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2024.

Attendees will have access to the recorded session and exercises for two months (until August 20, 2024) after the last live session ends!

IEEE Member Early Rate (by June 6th):  $190.00

IEEE Member Rate (after June 6th):  $285.00

IEEE Non-Member Early Rate (by June 6th):  $210.00

IEEE Non-Member Rate (after June 6th):  $315.00

Decision to run/cancel course:  Course will run!

Speaker:  Dan Boschen

This is a hands-on course combining pre-recorded lectures with live Q&A and workshop sessions in the popular and powerful open-source Python programming language.

Pre-Recorded Videos:  The course format includes pre-recorded video lectures that students can watch on their own schedule, and an unlimited number of times, prior to live Q&A workshop sessions on Zoom with the instructor. The videos will also be available to the students for viewing for up to two months after the conclusion of the course.

Course Summary

This course builds on the IEEE course “DSP for Wireless Communications” also taught by Dan Boschen, further detailing digital signal processing most applicable to practical real-world problems and applications in radio communication systems. Students need not have taken the prior course if they are familiar with fundamental DSP concepts such as the Laplace and Z transform and basic digital filter design principles.

This course brings together core DSP concepts to address signal processing challenges encountered in radios and modems for modern wireless communications. Specific areas covered include carrier and timing recovery, equalization, automatic gain control, and considerations to mitigate the effects of RF and channel distortions such as multipath, phase noise and amplitude/phase offsets.

Dan builds an intuitive understanding of the underlying mathematics through the use of graphics, visual demonstrations, and real-world applications for mixed signal (analog/digital) modern transceivers. This course is applicable to DSP algorithm development with a focus on meeting practical hardware development challenges, rather than a tutorial on implementations with DSP processors.

Now with Jupyter Notebooks!

This long-running IEEE Course has been updated to

include Jupyter Notebooks which incorporates graphics together with Python simulation code to provide a “take-it-with-you” interactive user experience. No knowledge of Python is required but the notebooks will provide a basic framework for proceeding with further signal processing development using that tools for those that have interest in doing so.

This course will not be teaching Python, but using it for demonstration. A more detailed course on Python itself is covered in a separate IEEE Course routinely taught by Dan titled “Python Applications for Digital Design and Signal Processing”.

All set-up information for installation of all tools used will be provided prior to the start of class.

Target Audience:

All engineers involved in or interested in signal processing for wireless communications. Students should have either taken the earlier course “DSP for Wireless Communications” or have been sufficiently exposed to basic signal processing concepts such as Fourier, Laplace, and Z-transforms, Digital filter (FIR/IIR) structures, and representation of complex digital and analog signals in the time and frequency domains. Please contact Dan at if you are uncertain about your background or if you would like more information on the course.

Benefits of Attending/ Goals of Course:

Attendees will gain a strong intuitive understanding of the practical and common signal processing implementations found in modern radio and modem architectures and be able to apply these concepts directly to communications system design.

Pre-recorded lectures (3 hours each) will be distributed Friday prior to each week’s workshop dates.  Workshop / Q&A sessions are 6:00PM – 7:30PM on the dates listed below.

Kick-off / Orientation:  Thursday, June 13, 2024

Topics / Schedule:

Class 1: Thursday, June 20:  DSP Review, Radio Architectures, Digital Mapping, Pulse Shaping, Eye Diagrams

Class 2:  Thursday, June 27, 2024:  ADC Receiver, CORDIC Rotator, Digital Down Converters, Numerically Controlled Oscillators

Class 3: Thursday, July 11, 2024:  Digital Control Loops; Output Power Control, Automatic Gain Control

Class 4: Thursday, July 18, 2024:  Digital Control Loops; Carrier and Timing Recovery, Sigma Delta Converters

Class 5: Thursday, July 25, 2024:  RF Signal Impairments, Equalization and Compensation, Linear Feedback Shift Registers

Speaker’s Bio:

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 and has taught courses on DSP to international audiences for over 15 years. Dan is a contributor to Signal Processing Stack Exchange, and 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 at: