Project Description

Introducing Software Defined Radio into Undergraduate Wireless Engineering Curriculum Through a Hands-on Approach

Although considerable advances have been made, software defined radio (SDR) has been regarded as a highly advanced topic that is typically offered at the graduate level. This project is introducing SDR into the undergraduate wireless engineering curriculum. The team is utilizing existing programmable wireless platforms to expose undergraduate students to advanced SDR technology through hands-on experiments and projects. The hands-on approach is motivating student learning and greatly enhancing existing wireless engineering courses. The specific objectives of this project are to: 1) develop a new SDR laboratory course for junior and senior wireless engineering students; 2) develop and integrate wireless communications experiments and projects; and 3) configure the new SDR course and projects for easy adoption at other universities.

October 1, 2011 ~ September 30, 2014

Project Team

Related Publications and Presentations

  • S. Mao, “Introducing software defined radio into undergraduate wireless curriculum with a hands-on approach,” invited talk, Computer Science Colloquium Series, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, May 30, 2014.

  • S. Mao, Y. Huang, and Y. Li, “On developing a software defined radio laboratory course for undergraduate wireless engineering curriculum,” in Proc. The 2014 ASEE Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, June 2014.

  • F. Jiang and S. Mao, “Integration of Software-Defined Radios into undergraduate communications system courses for minority students,” in Proc. The 2014 ASEE Southeastern Section Annual Conference, Macon, GA, Mar./Apr. 2014.

  • S. Mao, “Teaching communication systems and cognitive radio principles with SDR,” invited talk and panelist, IEEE GLOBECOM 2013—IF7: Hands-on Education and Training with Software-Defined Radio II, Atlanta, GA, Dec. 10, 2013.

  • G. Huang and J.K. Tugnait, On precoding for maximum weighted energy efficiency of MIMO cognitive multiple access channels, in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM 2013, pp.1044-1049, Atlanta, GA, Dec. 2013.

  • S. Mao, Y. Huang, Y. Li, P. Agrawal, and J. Tugnait, “Introducing software defined radio into undergraduate wireless engineering curriculum through a hands-on approach,” in Proc. The 2013 ASEE Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 2013, pp.1-10.

Our SDR labs have been shared with

  • Ghent University

  • University of Connecticut

  • Tennessee State University

  • Tuskegee University

  • US Army CERDEC

  • US Air Force Academy

  • San Diego State University

  • Seattle University

We acknowledge the generous support from our sponsor

This work is supported in part by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant DUE-1044021. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the foundation.

 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering | Auburn University | Auburn, Alabama 36849-5201 | (334) 844-1845 | smao@auburn.edu
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