2014 ~ Present| Section - VPN

Intelligent Digital Communications

GOALS:  To enhance spectrum utilization, enable improved use of smart devices (smartphones, tablets), and create intelligent mechanisms for debugging, monitoring, policing and enhancing all types of wireless communications through the use of software defined radio techniques.

Traditionally, wireless communications systems use dedicated hardware to implement the telecommunications coding, decoding, and signal analysis to create a useable data channel.  As RF spectrum becomes increasingly scarce, and devices become more intelligent, using a software implementation allows significantly increased flexibility in how spectrum is used and how smart devices interact.

METHODS & TECHNOLOGIES:  Signal processing, software radio, cognitive radio, telecommunications, artificial intelligence, embedded programming.

RESEARCH/DESIGN ISSUES:  Spectrum utilization and security in wireless channels, computation performance of software radios, identifying specific wireless devices in high density environments, multi-node software radio sensornets, distributed detection/estimation, reusability

MEETING TIME: Fri, 1:55-2:45

ADVISORS:  Randal Abler (ECE), Edward Coyle (ECE)

PARTNERS & SPONSORS: AT&T, BIT Systems, Georgia Tech Athletic Assoc., Harris Corporation


  • EE, CmpE – Background/interest in networking, wireless communication, embedded systems.
  • Programming skills very helpful
  • CmpE, CS, CM – Background/interest in networks and communications, intelligent systems,
  •  embedded programming, or network/data security.

Randal Abler, randal.abler@gatech.edu