The workshop aims to bring together key people to discuss grand challenges facing the signal processing community in Radio Astronomy, Gamma Ray Astronomy and Particle Physics, and to provide knowledge sharing to delegates in both a lecture format, as well as a classroom environment for hands-on hardware and software training. General overviews and in-depth presentations will be given.
University of the Witwatersrand
HUB 211
Wits Professional Development HUB 92 Empire Road, Braamfontein 2001, Johannesburg
Keynote addresses will be followed by plenary sessions for in-depth presentations by experts in areas of physics and engineering. Students and young researches are also welcome to deliver presentations. Several hands-on sessions with FPGA-based boards, RHINO and ROACH, will be provided. A session on using the national grid for simulation and offline data analysis will also be run The CASPER software tools are based on a MATLAB/Simulink design flow that enable rapid application development when used with a supported hardware platform like ROACH or ROACH2. A number of tutorials have been developed by the community to help prospective developers understand the key concepts quickly. We will run through one of these tutorials as an introduction to CASPER, after which attendees would be able to work through the other tutorials in order to learn how to build radio astronomy instruments within a few days. The registration and abstract submission are now open till December 31st 2013. It is envisioned to publish a book of proceedings. Proceedings will be peer reviewed. The deadline for proceedings submission is February 15th 2014. Students and young researchers are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts and proceedings. There are funding opportunities for students outside the Johannesburg area. Preference will be given to South African students. Specify request for support when registering. Video and audio streaming will be available at It may take 20-30 seconds to sign in.