CT-SPIN #57: Systems Engineering and Software Development

MeerKAT (www.ska.ac.za) is a mega-science project to develop a world-class radio telescope in the Karoo, funded through the Department of Science and Technology, and is in support of South Africa’s bid to host the international SKA project (www.skatelescope.org). The MeerKAT system will have in the order of 80 dishes of 12m diameter. The project presents numerous software challenges, including high data rate real-time signal processing, facility and signal monitoring, and remote real-time control.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010, 18h15
Bandwidth Barn
Cape Town

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Venue

Bandwidth Barn
125 Buitengracht Street
Cape Town

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Agenda

18:15 Welcoming and Introduction
   Robert Crida
18:20 Systems Engineering and Software Development
   Thomas Kusel
19:20 Closing and Thanks
   Robert Crida
19:25 Networking & Discussion

Abstract

Systems Engineering and Software Development

MeerKAT (www.ska.ac.za) is a mega-science project to develop a world-class radio telescope in the Karoo, funded through the Department of Science and Technology, and is in support of South Africa’s bid to host the international SKA project (www.skatelescope.org). The MeerKAT system will have in the order of 80 dishes of 12m diameter. The project presents numerous software challenges, including high data rate real-time signal processing, facility and signal monitoring, and remote real-time control.

Speaker Profile

Thomas Kusel

Thomas Kusel has been the lead system engineer on the MeerKAT project for the last 5 years. He has a masters degree in electronic engineering, and his background is in signal processing and system engineering on radio astronomy, radar, electronic countermeasures and electronic intelligence receiver projects.