Catalog Description

This Class

The emphasis is on reading research papers and gaining a deeper understanding of security issues related to software defined radios, RADAR system and their application to multiple domains such as mobile systems, transportation and satellite communications. 

Text Book:

No textbook

Class Time:

Wednesdays 4.30-7.10 pm

Class Room:

Innovation Hall, Room 316


Duminda Wijesekera (dwijesek AT gmu DOT edu), 703-993-5030 or 703-993-1578

Office Hours:

Research Hall 436, M, W 7.30-8.30 or by appointment



TA Office:



ISA 562, ISA 656 or permission of the instructor


G = 0.20* Class Participation + 0.20 * Paper Presentations in Class + 0.20 * Term Paper 1 + 0.4 * Term Paper 2

Preliminary Syllabus

Week 1 will be devoted to an introduction to Software Defined Radios and to course logistics. In addition to the first week, depending upon the availability, the class will have 2 to 3 guest lectures to introduce RADAR systems, commercial applications of SDR systems and applications of SDRs to space-based communications.

Each week thereafter (other than the ones that have a guest lecturer) will be devoted to the analysis and discussion of papers. Papers will be assigned in advance and two or three students will be selected to be the primary presenters of the paper to the class. 

Students assigned to papers have to prepare a power point presentation about the paper. The first slide has to contain the name of the paper, its full citation (authors and were it appeared), and the phrase "Summarized by ". Discussion will follow each presentation. Students have to come prepared to discuss the papers in class. All students will be required to bring a one-page summary/critique of the papers read each week. This will count toward class participation.

Term Papers

For each term paper, students will select a coherent set of a minimum of 4 to 5 papers (the core papers) on which they will base the term paper. The term paper has to cover at least the following topics: (a) issue addressed within the general area of software defined radios ; (b) summary of the contributions presented in the core papers. This summary must be written in your own words in a way that clearly lays out the assumptions and limitations of each contribution; (c) critique of the papers; and (d) open problems and future work that could be derived from the work presented in the core papers.