Title

Software-Defined Radio: A New Paradigm for Integrated Curriculum Delivery

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2014

Publication Source

IEEE Communication Magazine

Volume

52

Issue

No. 5

Inclusive pages

184-193

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MCOM.2014.6815911

Publisher

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Place of Publication

United States

ISBN/ISSN

0163-6804

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

Software-defined radio is a rapidly developing field that is driving the development of and innovation in communications technology, and promises to significantly impact all communications sectors. Entities developing these SDR systems require a trained workforce that has been prepared with the mindset, knowledge, skills, and tools required to address both the system (breadth) and technical (depth) aspects of SDR systems. Developing SDRs necessarily involves a collection of disciplines including, but not limited to, electromagnetics, radio-frequency engineering, communications, digital signal processing, embedded systems, computer programming, and systems engineering. Whereas electrical engineering and computer science and engineering curricula at the university level may include courses in all of these areas, a student's typical curriculum does not; nor does it usually involve the integration of all these topics. However, SDR can be employed as an integrative construct that facilitates systems thinking and cross-domain learning via peers. In this article, we present several significant educational efforts across six U.S. universities that have developed integrated curricula in SDR, most including a significant laboratory component.

Keywords

wireless, software-defined radios

Disciplines

Engineering

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