By Christina Clark
Madeline Pooler, an undergraduate student dual enrolled at Saint Mary’s College in computing and applied mathematics, and at the University of Notre Dame in computer science, took part in a 10-week summer program called Advanced Wireless Research Experiences (AWaRE) through the Wireless Institute at the University of Notre Dame. The Wireless Institute is co-directed by the director of SpectrumX, Nick Laneman, who served as Pooler’s faculty mentor.
Pooler’s research culminated in a poster presentation at the end of July, when she presented her findings titled “Implementation of Measurements from Spectrum Characterization and Occupancy Sensing on a RadioHound Node.”
RadioHound is multi-investigator project conducted through the Wireless Institute. According to The Wireless Institute website, “The heart of the RadioHound System is a low-cost, pervasive, persistence spectrum sensor that leverages low-cost SDRs suitable for deployment in mobile environments. RadioHound maps the entire spectrum from 25 MHz to 6 GHz and will have the capability to support mmWave bands.”
Pooler’s research began with comparing the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Spectrum Characterization and Occupancy Sensing (SCOS) and RadioHound Platforms. Pooler indicated that she was looking “particularly in terms of measurement types and metadata associated with measurements. Among several opportunities to transcribe features between the two, we prioritized implementing a standard SCOS measurement – the max, min, mean, median, and sample (M4S) signal power as a function of frequency – in RadioHound sensor.”
Pooler is involved with the Society of Women Engineers, and she was seeking opportunities to learn more about different career paths in the field. The AWaRE program gave her an experience she felt is usually reserved for graduate students, and she was very impressed with the Wireless Institute lab and faculty.
“I truly think that the Wireless Institute has world class faculty,” Pooler said. “I was able to make so many connections and learn so much. It is truly an opportunity I don’t think a lot of other students had this summer.”
Learn more about The Wireless Institute and the RadioHound: https://wireless.nd.edu/about/
Learn more about SpectrumX: https://www.spectrumx.org/research-and-education/
SpectrumX is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of its Spectrum Innovation Initiative, under grant number AST 21-32700. SpectrumX is the world’s largest academic hub where all radio spectrum stakeholders can innovate, collaborate, and contribute to maximizing social welfare of this precious resource.
To learn more about SpectrumX, please visit spectrumx.org.
Christina Clark, Research Communications Specialist
SpectrumX / Notre Dame Research / University of Notre Dame
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