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Software Defined Radio Based Laboratories in Undergraduate Computer Networking Courses

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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Innovative Teaching

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Computers in Education

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Deng Cao Central State University

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Dr. Deng Cao received his Ph.D in Computer Science from West Virginia University in 2013. He earned two master degrees in Statistics and Physics from West Virginia University, and his bachelor degree in Physics from Hunan Normal University in China. Dr. Cao joined Central State University in 2013 and currently serves as an assistant professor in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science. His research interests include advanced biometrics, computer vision, pattern recognition and machine learning.

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Zhiqiang Wu Wright State University

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Dr. Zhiqiang Wu received his BS from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 1993, MS from Peking University in 1996, and PhD from Colorado State University in 2002, all in electrical engineering. He has worked at West Virginia University Institute of Technology as assistant professor from 2003 to 2005. He joined Wright State University in 2005 and currently serves as full professor. Dr. Wu is the author of national CDMA network management standard of China. He also co-authored one of the first books on multi-carrier transmission for wireless communication. He has published more than 100 papers in journals and conferences. He has served as Chair of Acoustic Communication Interest Group of IEEE Technical Committee on Multimedia Communications. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Research Laboratory, Office of Naval Research, and NASA. His work on software defined radio implementation of cognitive radio won the Best Demo Award at IEEE Globecom 2010.

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Bin Wang Wright State University

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Prof. Bin Wang earned his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 2000. He joined the Wright State University in September 2000, where he is currently full professor of computer science and engineering. His research interests include optical networks, real-time computing, mobile and wireless networks, cognitive radio networks, trust and information security, and semantic web. He is a recipient of the US Department of Energy Career Award. His research has been supported by US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Research Laboratories, Ohio Supercomputer Center, and the State of Ohio.

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Chi-Hao Cheng Miami University

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Dr. Chi-Hao Cheng received the B.S. degree in control engineering from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan in 1991, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and 1998 respectively, both in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Miami University, Ohio. His primary professional interests lie in signal processing algorithm development and its applications in numerous communications system and component development including wireless and optical communications systems. He is co-inventors of three US patents.

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The explosion of wireless technology has made it a hot topic in undergraduate education. Many undergraduate students are intrigued by the secrets behind wireless communication and networking, but few institutions can provide hands-on laboratories in their networking courses due to expensive hardware equipment. Funded by a collaborative NSF TUES type II project, a series of affordable and evolvable software defined radio (SDR) based laboratories was implemented and institutionalized at three institutions to demonstrate its capability and adaptability. As a participating institution, Central State University worked closely with Wright State University and Miami University and successfully adapted the novel SDR based laboratories. We further initialized our own laboratory modules to improve undergraduate students' understanding and learning. The laboratory modules were integrated into two undergraduate level networking-related courses, and the course assessment showed positive learning outcomes. The exploratory project is a work in progress and we will continue the development in order to lead a national model of SDR laboratory based courses.

Cao, D., & Wu, Z., & Wang, B., & Cheng, C. (2016, June), Software Defined Radio Based Laboratories in Undergraduate Computer Networking Courses Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25829

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