Simulating Radio Channels with a Network of Coax cables

This thesis allows the student to apply the theoretical knowledge you obtained during your courses on signal theory and system identification in the practical field of telecommunication. The goal is to design and program a simple measurement setup that allows the user to emulate and estimate different aspects of a communication channel. Special attention will go to effects that are typical for multipath channels such as fading and inter-symbol-interference.

A physical setup consisting of a reconfigurable network of coaxial cables will be at your disposal and is the perfect tool to investigate these effects. The setup will be built around two URSP-2920 instruments (see figure) which are transceiver devices from National Instrument. These transceivers can be programmed in Labview, which is a data driven programming language with graphical coding interface.

Radio platform

An interface with Matlab can be used to program the more complicated algorithms (such as the estimation) in a more traditional programming environment.

Advantages of this thesis proposal

  • Interdisciplinary research between system identification and telecommunication.
  • Good combination of practical and theoretical research.
  • Learning to program in both Matlab and Labview is an interesting skill since both languages are commonly used in industrial settings.
  • Final setup will later be used by the students of the course Physical communication.
  • End goals of the thesis can be determined in accordance with the thesis student.
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