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Brian Rigling (Advisor)

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Master of Science in Engineering (MSEgr)


GNU Radio is an open source software-defined radio project, and the Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP) is hardware designed specifically for use with GNU Radio. Together, these two technologies have been used to implement very sophisticated, yet low cost, software-defined radios. Since software-defined radio and software-defined radar are really one in the same technologies, it stands to reason that GNU Radio and the USRP could be utilized to form a low cost radar sensor. In this thesis, we discuss the design of a prototype software-defined radar, built using the open source GNU Radio and open specification USRP projects. The prototype design is introduced, followed by the results of laboratory testing. A discussion on the expected operational performance of the prototype is then provided. The thesis concludes with the development and analysis of a waveform optimization algorithm that is capable of improving signal to interference plus noise ratio in the presence of a band-limited interferer. The low computational complexity of this algorithm make it amenable to software-defined radar.

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Department or Program

Department of Electrical Engineering

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