First-Ever Digital Communications Textbook Using Software-Defined Radio Published

Thanks to electrical and computer engineering professor Alexander Wyglinski and his PhD student Di Pu, teaching and learning digital communications with software-defined radio (SDR) just got a whole lot easier.

The duo recently published Digital Communication Systems Engineering with Software-Defined Radio, the first book of its kind to offer a hands-on educational approach for learning digital communication principles, wireless data transmission, and wireless access techniques via SDR experimentation.

Modeled on Wyglinski’s “Software-Defined Radio Systems and Analysis” undergraduate course, the book features 26 sets of ready-made lecture slides as well as software code and laboratory experiments utilizing the Simulink software package. Its combination of theory, background in topics such as probability and signals and systems, and applied lessons helps students quickly synthesize and gain expertise in important digital communications concepts.

“We wanted to provide a practical and well-rounded resource, and people are definitely responding,” says Wyglinski. “I’ve heard from professors at schools across the United States and as far away as Indonesia and Malaysia telling me they plan to use the book in their classes.”

The book is also a first for Pu, who expects graduate with her PhD in electrical and computer in May 2013.

Wyglinski and Pu also received generous funding from the MathWorks, the educational software company that created Simulink, to conduct their research and write the book.

Digital Communication Systems Engineering with Software-Defined Radio is available on Amazon.com, with online resources available from www.sdr.wpi.edu/.

March 26, 2013

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