Experts Address Revolutionary Changes in Communications Technology at Digital Signal Processing Conference

Special Lectures at Eleventh Annual International Conference on Signal Processing Applications and Technology (ICSPAT) Feature Motorola Executive, Princeton University Researcher

Sep 12, 2000

The producers of the 11th Annual International Conference on Signal Processing Applications and Technology (ICSPAT) today announced that the technological changes driving the wireless communications revolution are the focus of two special guest lectures scheduled for this year's event. The speakers, including an industry executive and a noted academic expert, will deliver the lectures on two separate days at the fall event, which runs from October 16-19, 2000 at the Adam's Mark Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

Paul Marino, vice president and director of Motorola's Digital Signal Processor (DSP) Core Technology Center, will address the challenges in developing DSP technology to meet the demands of third generation (3G) wireless and multimedia applications. Dr. Vincent Poor, professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University, will discuss the revolutionary technology developments that will impact the future of wireless communications.

The lectures highlight a four-day educational program of tutorials and presentations for engineers, designers and researchers who need to keep pace with the latest research and developments in digital signal processing technology. This comprehensive program includes 30 different categories of applications in which signal processing plays a critical role, reflecting the broad diversity and growing importance of DSP (digital signal processing) in electronic systems.

Paul Marino's talk, "Surviving the Digital Signal Processing Inflection Point -- the Road to 3G," which is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17, will focus on how designers and programmers need to address system level solutions rather than working with component or modular solutions as they have in the past.

"Years ago, major innovation in the electronics industry was driven by the demands of the personal computer," said Marino. "Now, the performance demands of applications such as 3G multimedia wireless systems are driving DSP technology to the forefront of advanced electronics innovation."

At Motorola, Marino's group is responsible for developing DSP core processing engines and the associated development tools. He was a key contributor to the development of Motorola's first digital signal processor, the DSP56001 and was project leader for the floating point DSP 96002 and the DSP56301. A Motorola employee for 16 years, Marino holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from Polytechnic Institute Bucharest in Romania.

Dr. Vincent Poor addresses ICSPAT on Thursday, October 19 at 11:00 a.m. with a lecture titled, "The Wireless Revolution: Signal Processing as the 'Great Enabler." At Princeton since 1990, Poor's research is focused on statistical signal processing, with applications primarily in wireless multiple-access systems. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Acoustical Society of America and has been awarded the Terman Award of the ASEE, the Distinguished Member Award of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.

"During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, communications underwent revolutionary changes as first the telegraph, and then the telephone, emerged and transitioned to wireless transmission," said Poor. "Now, at the advent of the 21st century, an even more revolutionary transition is taking place as the Internet moves into the wireless domain."

Poor will discuss the innovations in signal processing technology that are enabling today's wireless revolution, such as multimedia compression, multi-user detection, space-time processing and coding, and turbo decoding. He will talk about how these developments will impact the future of 3G cellular telephony and broadband wireless local loop.

Vendor Seminar Series

In addition to the special lectures by Marino and Poor, the conference features hundreds of other speakers addressing topics ranging from audio, biomedical and industrial applications, to image processing and robotics. The program kicks off on Monday, October 16 with three full-day tutorials, and a program of free vendor sponsored seminars. The 90-minute vendor seminar sessions cover ten different topics, including:

  -- Addressing Subscriber and Infrastructure with One DSP Architecture
  -- Advances in 32-bit DSP Technology with Low Cost SHARC Architecture
  -- A High Density Algorithm Processor for the Next Generation Voice over
     Packet Gateways
  -- Unique Solutions for Unique Problems -- Programming Multi-Core
     Heterogeneous DSP-Based Systems

Attendees can sign up for individual sessions in advance at or onsite. Those not registered for the general conference may attend with a free special events pass.

A conference catalog with detailed information on classes, special events, registration and travel is available on request by calling 415-278-5231 or e-mailing More detailed information on ICSPAT 2000, including a complete listing of all of the conference papers, is also available online at Qualified journalists are invited to pre-register for the conference online at

General Information

ICSPAT is produced by CMP Media, Inc. and is co-sponsored by EMBEDDED SYSTEMS PROGRAMMING and COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS DESIGN magazines, and ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING TIMES. Other conferences produced by CMP's Electronics tradeshow group include the Embedded Systems Conferences, the Embedded Executive Conference, HDI Expo and the PCB Design Conferences.

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