EPS Edison-Volta 2018 Prize for Alain Brillet

The European Physical Society (EPS), the Fondazione Alessandro Volta and Edison S.p.A. have awarded the 2018 European Physical Society Edison Volta Prize to:

  • Alain Brillet (Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur, CNRS, Université de la Côte d’Azur, Nice, France)
  • Karsten Danzmann (Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik and Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany)
  • Adalberto Giazotto † (INFN, Pisa, Italy) and
  • Jim Hough (University of Glasgow, UK)

“for the development, in their respective countries, of key technologies and innovative experimental solutions, that enabled the advanced interferometric gravitational wave detectors LIGO and Virgo to detect the first gravitational wave signals from mergers of Black Holes and of Neutron Stars.”

The EPS Edison Volta Prize promotes excellence in research and is given in recognition of outstanding research and achievements in physics. The Prize is given biennially to individuals or groups of up to three people. The laureates receive a medal, which is a faithful reproduction of the Medaglia Premio dell’ Associazione per l’Incremento del Commercio in Como: a portrait of Alessandro Volta together with the saying: Alexandro Voltae Novocomensi, i.e. (dedicated) to Alessandro Volta from Novum Comum, which was the old name given to the city of Como by Julius Caesar.

The Prize was established in 2011 and was awarded for the first time in 2012 to R. D. Heuer, S. Bertolucci and S. Myers from CERN, Geneva and in 2014 to J.-M. Raimond from the Laboratory Kastler Brossel at the Collège de France, Paris. It was also given to three principal scientific leaders of the ESA’s Max Planck Mission in 2015 in the frame of the International Year of Light 2015: N. Mandolesi, University of Ferrara, J.-L. Puget, Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, Université Paris Sud & CNRS, and J. Tauber, Directorate of Science and Robotic ESA (NL).

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Call for contributions – First GNU Radio French days (2-3 July 2018 – Lyon)

It is our pleasure to announce the first meeting centered around the GNU Radio framework held in France (Lyon). This workshop targets Frenchand European GNU Radio users and developpers. Contributions are sought in French or (preferably) English. The workshop will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of July, 2018, at INSA Lyon (France).

GNU Radio is an increasingly popular framework for Software Defined Radio components and Digital Signal Processing prototyping. As such our goals are as follows:

  • Bring together active French and European
  • GNU Radio users, coming from a scientific, technical, amateur or hacker backgroundF
  • oster interaction between GNU Radio usersShare knowledge about GNU Radio developpement through tutorials, seminars and demos
  • Bridge the gap between technical/engineering and scientific/research points of view on topics related to applied research with GNU Radio.

Such topics include:

  • Software
  • Defined Radio, radio prototyping,RF design,
  • RADAR design
  • Signal processing in embedded systems,
  • GNU Radio development environment,
  • New platforms

Contributions might for instance address the following topics (but not limited to):

  • Cognitive Radio, Digital Communication and Agile SpectrumSharing
  • RADAR systems and specifically passive radar
  • Front-end analog characterization
  • Design of Signal Processing algorithms as GNU Radio blocks
  • Identification and decoding of signals, including satellite communication systems
  • Security aspects of Radiocommunications
  • Coupling GNURadio to Soc FPGA
  • Various physical measurements (GNSS, Radioastronomy)
  • … Your own favorite field here

GNU Radio users and developers are invited to present their experiments and activities. The first day (2nd of July) will be devoted to oral presentations, posters and demonstrations. The second day (3rd of July) will be dedicated to tutorials and hands-on sessions.

Contributions will be selected according to:

  • Originality
  • Quality of the experimental process
  • Reproducibility of the experiments and learning potential for other users
  • A live demonstration or video is highly appreciated

Submissions of contributions:

  • One page extended abstract (PDF format), describing the contribution itself and the desired presentation format (oral, poster and/or demo).
  • Deadline: 20 of May
  • Submission via the website: https://gnuradio-fr-18.sciencesconf.org/