The success, and value, of the "2004 comp.dsp Conference" will depend heavily on DSP presentations made by our comp.dsp colleagues. As such, we ask that you consider making a technical presentation at the conference.

We're not looking for highly advanced, mathematically complicated, presentations like "cyclotomic polynomials used with tight Gabor frames". Instead, we seek practical, real-world, tutorial presentations that help us broaden and improve our working knowledge of DSP.

Please don't assume that all the other comp.dsp-ers know everything that you know. We can assure you that they do not. It's certain that there is some aspect of DSP that you can teach the rest of us. With that thought in mind, please consider making a presentation.

A list of potential presentation topics would be too large to include here. However, what we have in mind are presentations like:

  • What are commercial emulators and how are they used;
  • How does the CORDIC algorithm work;
  • For what is wavelet processing used;
  • How does High Definition TV (HDTV) work;
  • What are audio "boost", "cut", and "shelf" filters;
  • Are there any fast ways to compute arctangents;
  • Is the Hilbert transform useful for anything;
  • How do you build hardware systems using VME-bus architectures;
  • What are ASICs, FPGAs, and CPLDs;
  • How is automatic gain control (AGC) implemented in DSP;
  • How is DSP used in motor control;
  • What special guitar audio effects are possible;
  • How does Voice Over IP (VoIP) work;
  • What number formats are possible in fixed point processors;
  • What's important about real-time operating systems (RTOS);
  • How are A/D and D/A converters tested;
  • What is, and who cares about, Space-Time coding;
  • Why is speech processing so complicated;
  • What are Zero-IF and Near-Zero-IF digital receivers;
  • How can stable digital oscillators be built;
  • How do the various DSP Starter Kits compare;
  • How do you test DSP algorithms and DSP systems;
  • Why are FFTs used in OFDM communications systems.

The plan is to have speakers create their presentation "slides" using MS Word or PowerPoint, project their slides on a screen using their laptop computers and a VGA projector (supplied by the conference hosts), and spend a half hour to an hour teaching us some aspect of DSP that we didn't know.

If you make a presentation, you will NOT be lecturing to stone-faced strangers, instead you'll be sharing your knowledge with friends. Also, keep in mind that it would good to add to your current resume that you presented a signal processing paper at the "2004 comp.dsp Conference", Cannon Falls, Minnesota.

If you have a tutorial DSP topic on which you'd like to speak, please send a short description of that topic to Al Clark at In that description, please describe your topic and estimate the time length of your presentation (e.g., half hour, one hour).

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