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A Lab Development for Real-Time Communication Systems with PCs

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Topics Related to Telecommunications

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Engineering Technology

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22.50.1 - 22.50.9



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Min-Sung Koh Eastern Washington University

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Min-Sung Koh obtained his B.E. and M.S. in Control and Instrumentation Engineering in the University of ULSAN, South Korea, and his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at Washington State University. He was with KEPCO (Korea Electric Power Co.) for nine years before enrolling in the Ph.D. program at Washington State University. In KEPCO, he worked at the NPP (Nuclear Power Plant) as a nuclear engineer. In the Fall 2002 quarter, he joined the department of Engineering and Design at Eastern Washington University, where he has taught several courses in Computer Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Eastern Washington University. His research interests are in the areas of speech and image signal processing, signal processing in communication systems, photoacoustics, and embedded systems.

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Esteban Rodriguez-Marek Eastern Washington University

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Prof. Rodriguez-Marek is an Associate Professor at Eastern Washington University. His research interests are in signal processing and engineering education.

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Claudio Talarico Eastern Washinton University

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Claudio Talarico is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Eastern Washington
University. Before joining Eastern Washington University, he worked at University of Arizona,
University of Hawaii and in industry, where he held both engineering and management positions
at Infineon Technologies, IKOS Systems (now Mentor Graphics), and Marconi Communications.
His research interests include design methodologies for integrated circuits and systems with emphasis on system-level design, embedded systems, and complex SOCs. Talarico received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and he is a
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A Lab development for real time communication systems with PCsCommunication system classes have been traditionally taught with a lecture-only format.However, the proliferation of new concepts and algorithms in communication systems makes itincreasingly hard for students to master them only through mathematical derivations.Furthermore, without a hands-on demonstration of how the algorithm is used in real-lifeapplications, students without strong mathematical skills can become frustrated and generate aretention problem in EET/CET/EE programs. To overcome this problem, the theory taught inlecture has been complemented with laboratory experiments and class projects. However, manytraditional communication systems’ laboratory experiments are related to various hardware andsoftware, many of which are not easily available outside of the lab environment. In this paper,we introduce a lab that allows students to experience real-time communication systems with aPC and the ubiquitous MATLAB package and, thus, can be done in the comfort of home. Thelab allows the verification through experimentation of various communication system conceptsin real time, processing signals obtained through the PC’s sound card from input devices such asmicrophones, iPods, etc. This paper shows that transmitter/receiver models can be set up in realtime with PCs. Further, it is demonstrated that this laboratory experiment can be extended tomany other labs and/or projects that require real-time processing with the plain use of a personalcomputer.

Koh, M., & Rodriguez-Marek, E., & Talarico, C. (2011, June), A Lab Development for Real-Time Communication Systems with PCs Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17332

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