Announcing the Formation of a New Instructional Laboratory on Wireless Communications


I am pleased to announce the formation of a New Instructional Laboratory on Wireless Communications.

The heart of the Laboratory is a National Instruments (NI) NI-USRP Software Defined Radio (SDR) platform ( ).

Professor Spasojevic, in collaboration with NI, will develop a set of projects that will provide hands-on learning and experimenting to the ECE Graduate Course Digital Communication Systems.

The National Instruments SDR platform consists of 6 software defined radio-based instructional stations. Each station consists of two matched NI USRP-2920 radios and a PC-based NI LabVIEW software suite. The NI USRP-2920 transceivers provide hands-on laboratory learning in RF communications. The combination of NI USRP hardware and NI LabVIEW software offers students an opportunity to experiment with a wide range of real-world signals. Each NI USRP-2920 unit houses a tunable RF transceiver covering a frequency range of 50 MHz to 2.2 GHz and allows for up to 20 MHz baseband I/Q bandwidth, streaming at up to 25 MS/s for host-based processing with NI LabVIEW.

The lab project will use newly developed National Instrument's communication design platforms together with the supporting LabVIEW Communication Design Software. In addition, National Instruments engineers will work closely with Dr. Spasojevic to ensure success of the integrated hardware and software module design. Developed course material (project modules, class exercises, etc.) and student projects will be posted to,, and Rutgers Sakai websites.

The project will enrich our graduate curriculum and, with the help of NI, bring a great visibility to our department in the academic community. We are currently working to identifying the optimum space for this state-of-art facility within the ECE building. The ECE Department will provide all the necessary support to ensure the success of this project.

I would like to congratulate Dr. Spasojevic on his efforts and thank Mr. Sam Shearman, Senior Product Manager of NI, for his confidence in our department and generous support of this laboratory.

Athina Petropulu
Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering