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WPI Team Wins 3rd Place at SDR Competition!

A team of WPI ECE students consisting of Matthew Allen ’13 ECE, and Fei Peng, graduate student ECE, competed in the 2012 Software-Defined Radio Design Challenge hosted by Wireless @ Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA on 31 May 2012.  The WPI ECE team was advised by Professor Alexander Wyglinski, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Wireless Innovation Laboratory.  At the conclusion of this event, the WPI ECE team won 3rd Place in this competition for their design, entitled: “Multi-Hop Radio System.”   Their final implementation performed multi-hop routing by sending a text message across two other SDR systems within a frequency range between 5.125 GHz and 5.325 GHz using Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) per hop.  A custom-built anti-jamming mechanism was developed that enabled resilient communications in the presence of potentially harmful wireless interference, as well as spectrum sensing for identifying possibly unoccupied frequency spectrum in order to support secondary wireless access.  A custom handshaking protocol for coordinating the transition of a wireless link to another carrier frequency in the case of wireless interference.  Congratulations on a job well done, Matthew and Fei!

Postdoctoral Research Position in Spectrally Agile Waveform Design

The Wireless Innovation Laboratory (http://www.wireless.wpi.edu/) at Worcester  Polytechnic Institute (WPI) invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral research position starting on 1st October 2012 to lead research efforts in the area of spectrally agile waveform design and development for dynamic spectrum access (DSA) networks.  A completed Ph.D. degree in Electrical and/or Computer Engineering, as well as authorization for employment in the U.S., are both required.

This postdoctoral position is nine months in time duration with the possibility of renewal.

Applicants should possess knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  1. Solid background in wireless communications theory, especially: multicarrier transceiver architectures (e.g., NC-OFDM), spectrally agile data transmission, dynamic spectrum access, multiple access techniques.
  2. Experience with the design and implementation of digital communication systems and digital signal processing algorithms on software-defined radio platforms.
  3. Familiarity with conducting performance evaluation of wireless communication systems in laboratory/field environments.

To apply for this position, please submit the following items via the WPI Human Resources (HR) website:

  1. Vitae with complete list of publications.
  2. Names and contact information of three professional references.
  3. A brief summary of previous/current research and future research interests.

The WPI HR website is located at: http://wpi.peopleadmin.com/ (go to “Search Postings” and use Posting Number 0600507 to access this specific position).

Any questions regarding this position should be sent electronically to Professor Alexander Wyglinski (alexw@ECE.WPI.EDU) with the subject line “Spectrally Agile Post-Doc Position”.  Note that application materials sent to this email address will not be reviewed.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

The Wireless Innovation Laboratory (WI Lab) was founded in August 2007 by its director, Professor Alexander M. Wyglinski, in order to advance the current state-of-the-art in technologies, techniques, and algorithms that can help further improve the utilization of radio frequency spectrum across a wide range of wireless applications. The WI Lab is housed in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), one of the first engineering and technology universities established in the United States.  The mission of the WI Lab is to devise novel approaches and systems for performing wireless transmission based on the dynamic spectrum access paradigm by using both software-defined and cognitive radio technology, as well as to educate future engineers and technologists in this emerging research area.  The WI Lab is currently supported by several government and industrial sponsors, including the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Office of Naval Research, The MathWorks, and the Toyota InfoTechnology Center U.S.A.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Wyglinski Talk at The MITRE Corporation

Professor Wyglinski gave an invited presentation, entitled: “Cognitive Radio:  A Panacea for RF Spectrum Scarcity,” at the MITRE Corporation in Bedford, MA.

Dr. Pagadarai First Ph.D. Graduate from WI Lab

At the 144th WPI Commencement, Dr. Srikanth Pagadarai received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is the first Ph.D. graduate student from the Wireless Innovation Laboratory to have completed all degree requirements and awarded a doctorate degree. Congratulations, Srikanth! We are all proud of you and wish you all the best in the future!

NEWSDR’12: A Huge Success!

The 2012 New England Workshop on Software-Defined Radio (NEWSDR’12) was hosted at the Raytheon Amphitheatre at Northeastern University on Friday 11th May 2012.  Organized by several New England-based universities, companies, and government organizations, with Northeastern University taking the lead role this time, NEWSDR’12 provided a forum for the New England SDR community an opportunity to share new ideas and network amongst each other with respect to issues relating to SDR and Cognitive Radios.  This event also offered a chance for individuals to present the latest developments in SDR and Cognitive Radio research.  The event included:

  • Keynote Presentation by Matt Ettus of Ettus Research LLC
  • Invited talks from New England SDR community including Northeastern University, WPI, MITRE, National Instruments and The Mathworks
  • A Tutorial presentation by The Mathworks
  • Poster presentations by New England area students
  • Technology demonstrations from The MathWorks, National Instruments, Cooper Union, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and Northeastern University.

Throughout this event, over 50 individuals attended NEWSDR’12!  For more information about this event, check out the Boston SDR User Group website at: http://www.sdr-boston.org/.

Wyglinski Talk at NEWSDR’12

Professor Wyglinski gave an invited presentation, entitled: “Modular FPGA-Based Software Defined Radio for CubeSats,” at the 2012 New England Workshop on Software Defined Radio (NEWSDR’12).  More information about NEWSDR’12 can be found at the following website: http://www.sdr-boston.org/.

Wyglinski Appointed IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecturer

Professor Wyglinski has just been appointed to a 2-year term as an IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Distinguished Lecturer (IEEE VTS DL) starting 1st July 2012.  As an IEEE VTS DL, Professor Wyglinski’s responsibilities will include presenting lectures to various IEEE VTS local chapters around the world in the areas of software defined radio and cognitive radio.  Note that all travel expenses are paid by IEEE VTS and the respective chapters.  Congratulation to Professor Wyglinski on this honor!

Wyglinski Becomes Vice-President of WPI Chapter of Sigma Xi

During the Sigma Xi induction ceremony on 2 April 2012 at WPI, Professor Wyglinski was sworn in as the Vice President of the WPI chapter of Sigma Xi for the 2012-2013 academic year.

About Sigma Xi
Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering.

Today, Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement.  There are nearly 60,000 Sigma Xi members in more than 100 countries around the world.  Sigma Xi chapters, more than 500 in all, can be found at college and universities, industrial research centers and government laboratories.  The Society endeavors to encourage support of original work across the spectrum of science and technology and to promote an appreciation within society at large for the role research has played in human progress.

For more information about Sigma Xi, check out their national website.

Wyglinski Receives Sigma Xi Outstanding Researcher and Scholarship Award

The WPI Sigma XI Officers have presented Professor Wyglinski with the 2012 Sigma Xi Outstanding Junior Faculty Researcher Award. This award was presented at the Sigma Xi induction ceremony scheduled on Monday, April 2, 2012 from 12:00- 1:15 in the Campus Center, Odeum. Congratulations Professor!

Wyglinski Presents At IDGA Cognitive Radio Summit

Professor Wyglinski gave a workshop presentation at the IDGA Cognitive Radio Summit in Washington DC on the topic of understanding wireless spectrum and its relationship with cognitive radio.  His presentation, entitled: “Understanding Wireless Spectrum for Cognitive Radio Transmission” included many of the research activities currently underway at the Wireless Innovation Laboratory.

Furthermore, during the afternoon portion of this conference, Professor Wyglinski led a roundtable discussion with the conference attendees regarding issues surrounding wireless spectrum, including the impact of interference on shared wireless spectrum, different radio technologies for performing secondary wireless access, and the future of cognitive radio networks in dynamic spectrum environments.

The IDGA Cognitive Radio Summit strives to create a forum where actionable discussion and debate can occur between and among attendees and speakers. Several topics discussed at this conference include actions required to facilitate successful adoption of cognitive radio communication, utilizing cognitive radio to provide cutting-edge communication in the military, identifying risks and challenges for Cognitive Radio, identifying and refining radio communication requirements, improving cognitive radio technology, policy and implementation, and defining wireless and networking initiatives.

The Institute for Defense & Government Advancement (IDGA), a division of IQPC, is a non-partisan information-based organization dedicated to the promotion of innovative ideas in public service and defense through live conferences and events. We bring together speaker panels and events comprised of military and government professionals while attracting delegates with decision-making power from military, government and defense industries.