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Sora Academic Preview Workshop, September 20, 2009, Beijing, China

Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) hosted a technical preview workshop on September 20, 2009, the day before MobiCom’09. Its main purpose was to create awareness of the forthcoming MSRA software radio research platform in the leading networking faculty community. It was co-located to provide MobiCom’09 attendees maximum convenience to attend this workshop.

At the workshop, MSRA presented a technical talk and demonstration of the Sora platform. We also announced the forthcoming release of Sora hardware and software for academic research. An associated Microsoft-funded academic program to support software radio research and education using the Sora platform was previewed. In addition, seven leading academic researchers also shared their software radio research activities and experiences through short talks and a panel session.

There were 69 academic attendees from 10 countries and 37 universities.

Workshop Agenda


Opening: welcome, agenda, guest introduction

Yongguang Zhang (Microsoft Research Asia)



Introduction to Sora

Kun Tan (Microsoft Research Asia)



Tea break and Sora Demo



Programmable Radios: A Personal Viewpoint

Ashu Sabharwal (Rice University)



Why I am interested in SDR & Cognitive Radios? Trend, Vision, Hype or Reality?

Petri Mähönen (Aachen University)



Enabling MAC Protocol Implementations on Software-defined Radios

Peter Steenkiste (CMU)



Working with Programmable Radios

Hariharan Rahul (MIT)



Panel: “Bridging EE (communications) and CS (networking) with software radio”

Moderator: Victor Bahl (Microsoft Research)


  • Alhussein Abouzeid (RPI/NSF)
  • Suman Banerjee (University of Wisconsin)
  • Wing C. Lau (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)


Lunch and Lunch talk: “Sora Academic Program announcement and Q&A

Miran Lee and Stewart Tansley (Microsoft Research)