This article describes the design of a custom software-defined modem with adaptive physical layer for underwater acoustic (UWA) communications. The modem consists of a commercial software-defined radio (SDR) interfaced with a wideband acoustic transducer through amplifying circuitry. With this custom-built platform, we focus on the unique physical layer… (More)
—We propose a receiver configuration and we develop a software-defined-radio testbed for real-time cognitive underwater multiple-access communications. The proposed receiver is fully reconfigurable and executes (i) all-spectrum cognitive channelization and (ii) combined synchronization, channel estimation , and demodulation. Online (real-time) experimental… (More)
Existing commercial wireless systems are mostly hardware-based, and rely on closed and inflexible designs and architectures. Moreover, despite recent significant algorithmic developments in cross-layer network adaptation and resource allocation, existing network architectures are unable to incorporate most of these advancements. While software-defined radio… (More)
In an interdisciplinary, semester-long class, undergraduate students learn how to build a low-cost, multihop wireless sensor network from first principles for a digital garden. This type of course better prepares electrical engineering graduates for the sensor-rich, pervasive computing era.
—We create new software signal processing blocks and provide transmitter and receiver designs in GNU Radio and MATLAB to experimentally demonstrate the theoretical concepts of all-spectrum cognitive channelization in a software-defined-radio (SDR)-based testbed. Three low-cost, SDR nodes (USRPN-210) are deployed in an indoor, multipath-fading, lab… (More)
We present the setup of a complete software-defined radio (SDR) testbed for non-coherent zero-feedback distributed beamforming. Three custom-built, embedded RF transceivers along with a commodity, low-cost SDR commercial receiver are deployed in an indoors lab environment. In sharp contrast with prior art on collaborative beamforming, the proposed scheme… (More)
—In this paper we design, implement, and experimentally evaluate a wireless software-defined radio platform for cognitive channelization in the presence of narrowband or wideband primary stations. Cognitive channelization is achieved by jointly optimizing the transmission power and the waveform channel of the secondary users. The process of joint resource… (More)
—This work presents the design and implementation of a wireless sensor network (WSN) from first principles, i.e. without the use of commercial WSN platforms. Specifically, a modular multi-hop WSN was built for humidity, temperature and soil wetness measurements, towards precision agriculture applications. We describe the modules developed for radio… (More)