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Committee Members

Yong Pei (Committee Member), Zhiqiang Wu (Advisor), Xiaodong Zhang (Committee Member)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering (MSEgr)


A cognitive radio is a radio with built-in intelligence that makes it able to utilize the radio frequency spectrum more efficiently by adapting to the changing conditions and frequency availability. In this thesis a spectrum sensor radio is designed that detects transmissions in FM band and determine the range of used and unused frequencies within the band. The radio then starts a transmission on a frequency among the available frequencies. This intelligent radio system design is implemented using the Universal Software Radio Peripheral and GNU Radio with a program written in python that uses a number of GNU Radio modules along with other python and C-Shell scripts giving a working baseline structure of a cognitive radio.

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Department or Program

Department of Electrical Engineering

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