first_imgDaily Trojan file photoThrough an international collaboration, USC’s electrical engineering doctorate students received hands-on instruction about a new technology known as Software Defined Radio. All electronics, like cell phones, computers and TVs, are radios, defined by the different types of hardware they run. With SDR, one type of radio can be turned into another type simply by downloading new software. “I once heard SDR described as ‘the stem cell of radio’ — I can’t think of a better comparison,” Bhaskar Krishnamachari, a Ming Hsieh faculty fellow in Electrical Engineering, told Viterbi News. “Imagine a device that can operate as a cell phone, Wi-Fi device, or FM receiver for bluetooth, simply by choosing how you program it.”USC’s venture into SDR started in 2010, when Marcelo Segura, a professor of electrical engineering at Argentina’s San Juan University, came to work with USC engineering professor Bob Scholtz on developing technologies. Scholtz holds the Fred H. Cole professorship in engineering and was one of founders of USC Viterbi’s Communications Science Institute in 1982.After returning to Argentina, USC electrical engineering professor Hossein Hashemi convinced Segura to return for two more years, to help Ph.D. students and faculty build the University’s first SDR. Earlier this year, Segura returned to teach students about SDR technology and other new technological theories. Segura said he believes SDR has the potential to act as an equalizer for research, allowing developing nations and other organizations to complete research with the impediment of expensive hardware.“SDR allows you to do prototyping really fast and cheap,” Segura told Viterbi News. “The same piece of hardware can act as Wi-Fi, LTE or any other radio, meaning that smaller companies can do more research without the big war chests that global companies have access to.”Though Segura is no longer at USC, he continues to work with Krishnamachari and other USC faculty to develop new technology, according to Viterbi News. In the future, Segura said he hopes to return to USC to further his research and continue teaching students about new SDR technology.last_img read more

first_imgMost weeks Dino Babers enters his Monday morning press conference and immediately asks for questions. Monday, after SU’s 27-23 loss at Clemson, he approached the podium with an index card and spoke for nearly two minutes.To start, he announced long snapper Matt Keller will be out for the season. Keller was seen with a sling on his arm after the loss Saturday. Then Babers shifted his tone. He expressed his pride in Syracuse’s effort against the now No. 4 Tigers. But he didn’t want to look back any longer.“We have to move on from that game,” Babers said. “We can’t finish and reach our goals if we keep looking back to the past. And I know that you have questions to ask and I’ll answer those questions.” The questions came. After the reviewing the film, Babers was more specific as to why SU couldn’t hang onto its 10-point fourth quarter lead.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFirst, he mentioned three first downs in the second half. “That’s not enough,” he said. Then, he brought up the 96-yard Clemson drive which ended in a game-winning touchdown, which used too much clock. Lastly, he questioned himself. He said the two plays he had “50-50” decisions on timeouts came on Clemson’s 4th-and-6 from its own 48 and before the final touchdown of the game. Babers noted he didn’t call a timeout before the 4th-and-6 because he didn’t want to give the “rookie” quarterback Chase Brice and opportunity to talk through the play with his coaches. He wanted to challenge Brice to do it on his own. Before the final touchdown, Babers contemplated giving the defense a break because of the play count building up against his team on the drive, but he didn’t pull the trigger.“Those are my two 50-50s,”  Babers said. “I’m not saying they’re wrong. It was just ‘hey, 50-50 make a call.’” “So there was a lot of stuff going on,” Babers continued while cracking a smile. “But it was one heck of a game wasn’t it? It really was.”Later, Babers compared his team to Clemson last year. He praised the Tigers: “the big thing Clemson didn’t do last year, is they didn’t let Syracuse beat them twice.” He added Syracuse needs to do the same this year. The best thing for SU is to turn the page, he added. “I don’t think they’re occasional,” Babers said of his team. “But we have to prove it. And this an opportunity right now to prove it. We’ve had a setback it’s our first one of the year. Now, what are we going to do now?”Other notes from Monday’s presser When asked if he considers Clemson a rival of SU, Babers opted to list Boston College as the Orange’s rival. He added: “If you want to find out where you are as a football team, playing (Clemson) you normally do.” Babers on Pittsburgh: “They have two big backs they run the football with. They believe in running the football. I’ve coached at that university and they’re a bunch of tough guys that like to grind it out and pound and lean on you. And we just saw what happened to us in the last game when someone decided to do that.”When asked about the health of Antwan Cordy, who left Saturday’s game in a sling, and Chris Elmore Babers said, “Both of those guys will be fine. Both of them will be in the next game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on October 1, 2018 at 12:51 pm Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44last_img read more