Special Session on Reconfigurable Technologies in Software-Defined and Cognitive Radio

Reconfigurable Technologies in Implementing and Experimenting Software-Defined and Cognitive Radio


  • Darshika G. Perera, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, USA
  • Jari Nurmi, Tampere University, Finland

Rationale and scope:

Software-Defined Radio (SDR) and Cognitive Radio (CR) have been investigated by the research community, military and industry for the past three decades. Many of the SDR features have already found their way to contemporary wireless communications standards, but there are still many avenues to research and explore in SDR and especially in CR field. The cognitive features of future radio devices, such as frequency agility, modulation adaptiveness and context-awareness, are crucial for exploiting the scarce resource of radio spectrum by co-existing opportunistic radio systems.

Recently many commercial circuits and systems have emerged, with the capability to implement reconfigurable functionality on FPGA logic and on one or several programmable processor cores, connected with adjustable wireless front-ends. Also coarse-grained reconfigurable architectures (CGRA) have been explored in the flexible implementation of wireless baseband blocks, to achieve the required agility for CR type of operation.

We are looking for contributions including (but not limited to) the following themes:

  • FPGA or CGRA implementations of SDR and/or CR building blocks
  • Experimental SDR/CR systems on advanced FPGAs that target wireless communications
  • Concepts and architectures for cognitive radio exploiting reconfigurability
  • Mixed programmable/reconfigurable systems for SDR/CR
  • Customized reconfigurable architectures to address SDR/CR needs


See the submission page to see how to submit a paper to this session. Special Session papers will undergo similar reviews as any other papers submitted to the conference.