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Software Defined Radio Laboratory Platform for Enhancing Undergraduate Communication and Networking Curricula

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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24.1090.1 - 24.1090.9



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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 associate 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 70 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


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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Ashraf Yaseen

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Ashraf Yaseen is a PHD candidate in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. He got his Master's in Computer Science from New York Institute of Technology in 2003 and his bachelor's in Computer Science and Information Technology from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2002. Mr. Yaseen joined Central State University on August 2013. He is currently an Assistant Professor who enjoys teaching computer science classes. As for his research areas, Mr. Yaseen is interested in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and High Performance Computing.

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Software Defined Radio Laboratory Platform for Enhancing Undergraduate Communication and Networking Curricula Zhiqiang Wu1, Bin Wang1, Chi-Hao Cheng2, Deng Cao3 and Ashraf Yaseen3 1 Wright State University, 2Miami University and 3Central State UniversityThe advances of communication and networking have changed the world fundamentally.Communication and networking courses, especially wireless communication and networking courses,have become an integral part of the Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and ComputerEngineering curricula. However, most of these courses are taught at many institutions without alaboratory. For those courses associated with labs, often special hardware based experiment systemsare used. These experiment systems are expensive so most schools cannot afford them. Moreimportantly, such systems lack the flexibility to evolve over time and adapt to different environments. Inour previous NSF funded CCLI project “Evolvable wireless laboratory design and implementation forenhancing undergraduate wireless engineering education”, we have developed and demonstrated thefirst nationwide example of evolvable software defined radio (SDR) based laboratories for three existingundergraduate courses. These laboratories have been well received by the students, and havesignificantly improved the learning outcomes of such courses. Furthermore, these labs have attractedstudents to these courses: the enrollment of these courses has increased drastically after theintroduction of these labs. Based on our success of this project, we are developing a suite ofexperiments and laboratories into a sequence of courses (ranging from freshmen year introductorycourse to senior year elective courses and capstone design projects) that vertically integrates the SDRbased experiment approach in this NSF TUES type II project. We are also equipped with hardware basedexperiment systems to evaluate and compare the teaching effectiveness of the novel SDR approach tothat of traditional hardware equipment approach. The novel SDR approach and laboratory suite will beimplemented, transferred and institutionalized at three participating institutions (Wright StateUniversity, Miami University (a mostly undergraduate serving institution), and Central State University(an HBCU)) to demonstrate the capability of enhancing student learning and easy adaptability by otherinstitutions.

Wu, Z., & Wang, B., & Cheng, C., & Cao, D., & Yaseen, A. (2014, June), Software Defined Radio Laboratory Platform for Enhancing Undergraduate Communication and Networking Curricula Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23023

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