Academic Papers involving GNU Radio and/or the USRP

Please feel free to add a summary, bibliographic info, and a link to your papers!

Institutions sorted by continent.


National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan

UTM-MIMOS Center of Excellence in Telecommunication Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia


Lappeenranta University of Technology

ETH Zürich (Switzerland)

System Security Group:

  • "S. Mešković, "Implementation of Uncoordinated Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (U-DSSS) using Software Defined Radios, April 2008

Department of Physics - Quantum Optics Group:

  • Bruno Zimmermann, Torben Müller, Jakob Meineke, Tilman Esslinger, Henning Moritz: High-resolution imaging of ultracold fermions in microscopically tailored optical potentials. New Journal of Physics 13 (2011) 043007 or arXiv:1011.1004
  • Jakob Meineke, Jean-Philippe Brantut, David Stadler, Torben Müller, Henning Moritz, Tilman Esslinger: Interferometric Measurement of Local Spin-Fluctuations in a Quantum Gas, arXiv:1202.5250

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Communications Engineering Lab)

University of Messina (Italy) - Faculty of Engineering

  • Arturo Rinaldi, "Emulation of a Radio Link by means of Software Radio". The goal of my degree thesis was to build an open source tool, the gr-bertool, for the estimation (computational and "real-time") of the digital modulations Bit Error Rate (BER) both in the wired and wireless channels. It also provides complementary tools to show how the most common audio and video file formats are affected by digital modulations over the simulated transmission channels. If you're interested, you can also take a look at my Thesis Research "Abstract.

Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)

  • C. Fernández-Prades, J. Arribas, L. Esteve, D. Pubill, P. Closas, "An Open Source Galileo E1 Software Receiver", in Proceedings of the 6th ESA Workshop on Satellite Navigation Technologies (NAVITEC 2012), 5-7 December 2012, ESTEC, Noordwijk (The Netherlands).
  • C. Fernández-Prades, C. Avilés, L. Esteve, J. Arribas, P. Closas, "Design patterns for GNSS software receivers", in Proceedings of the 5th ESA Workshop on Satellite Navigation Technologies (NAVITEC'2010), 8-10 December 2010, Noordwijk (The Netherlands).

University of Pisa (Italy), DSP for Communications Lab

University College London

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

  • P Zetterberg and N.M. Moghadam, "An Experimental Investigation of SIMO, MIMO, Interference-Alignment (IA) and Coordinated Multi-Point (CoMP)", International Conference on Systems Signals and Image Processing, Vienna, April 2012. See also arXiv:1111.3616
  • P. Händel and P Zetterberg, "Receiver I/Q imbalance: tone test, sensitivity analysis, and the universal software radio peripheral", IEEE Transactions on instrumentation and measurement, vol 59, no 3, pp. 704-714, March 2010.
  • P Zetterberg, "Experimental Investigation of TDD Reciprocity Based Zero-Forcing Transmit Precoding", EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, special issue on Cooperative MIMO Multicell Networks, 2011.
  • C.R Rojas, P. Zetterberg and P. Händel, "Transceiver Inphase/Quadrature Imbalance, Ellipse Fitting, and the Universal Software Radio Peripheral", IEEE Transactions on instrumentation and measurement, vol 60,pp. 3629-3639, Nov.2011.

Technische Universität München

University of Innsbruck

  • Bastian Bloessl, Michele Segata, Christoph Sommer and Falko Dressler, "An IEEE 802.11a/g/p OFDM Receiver for GNU Radio", Proceedings of ACM SIGCOMM 2013, 2nd ACM SIGCOMM Workshop of Software Radio Implementation Forum (SRIF 2013), Hong Kong, China, August 2013, pp. 9-16.
  • Bastian Bloessl, Christoph Leitner, Falko Dressler and Christoph Sommer, "A GNU Radio-based IEEE 802.15.4 Testbed", Proceedings of 12. GI/ITG KuVS Fachgespräch Drahtlose Sensornetze (FGSN 2013), Cottbus, Germany, September 2013, pp. 37-40.

Toshiba Research Europe Limited, Telecommunications Research Laboratory, Bristol

  • Tomáš Hynek, David Halls, and Jan Sýkora, “Practical implementation of cloud initialization procedure for wireless physical layer network coding clouds”, Proceedings of the 20th European Wireless Conference (EW), Barcelona, Spain, May 2014.
  • David Simmons, David Halls, Justin P. Coon, “OFDM-based nonlinear fixed-gain amplify-and-forward relay systems: SER optimisation and experimental testing”, Best Paper Award, Proceedings of the European Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC), Bologna, Italy, June 2014.

North America

University of Texas at Austin, Hydra Project

University of Notre Dame, Indiana, United States

University of Notre Dame
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Department of Electrical Engineering
Wireless Institute

SDR in general, not necessarily GNU Radio:

Virginia Tech, Center for Wireless Telecommunications (CWT)

Papers from Virginia Tech's Center for Wireless Telecommunications (CWT), a member of Wireless@VT, that specifically deal with SDR and cognitive radio techniques employing GNU Radio or USRP (links to papers will be provided later):

  • K. E. Nolan, T. W. Rondeau, P. Sutton, B. Le, L. E. Doyle, and C. W. Bostian, "Demonstration and Analyses of Collaboration, Co-existence and Interoperability of Cognitive Radio Platforms," in (Invited Paper) IEEE Proc. 1st IEEE Workshop on Cognitive Radio Networks, CCNC, Las Vegas, USA, to be published, 2007.
  • B. Le, T. W. Rondeau, and C. W. Bostian, “Cognitive Radio Realities,” (Invited paper) Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, John Wiley & Sons, to be published, 2007.
  • T. W. Rondeau, B. Le, D. Maldonado, D. Scaperoth, A. B. MacKenzie, and C. W. Bostian, "Optimization, Learning, and Decision Making in a Cognitive Engine," in Proc. SDR Forum 06 Technical Conference, Orlando, FL, to be published, 2006.
  • B. Le, T. W. Rondeau, D. Maldonado, D. Scaperoth, and C. W. Bostian, "Signal Recognition for Cognitive Radios," in Proc. SDR Forum 06 Technical Conference, Orlando, FL, to be published, 2006.
  • K. E. Nolan, T. W. Rondeau, P. D. Sutton, C. W. Bostian, and L. E. Doyle, "A Framework For Implementing Cognitive Functionality," in Proc. SDR Forum 06 Technical Conference, Orlando, FL, to be published, 2006.
  • D. Scaperoth, B. Le, T. Rondeau, D. Maldonado, C. W. Bostian, and S. Harrison, “Cognitive Radio Platform Development for Interoperability,” IEEE Proc. MILCOM, Washington, D.C., October 2006.
  • "T. W. Rondeau, B. Le, D. Maldonado, D. Scaperoth, and C. W. Bostian, "Cognitive Radio Formulation and Implementation, in IEEE Proc. CROWNCOM, Mykonos, Greece, 2006, pp. 1-10.

SARA Conference

  • M. Leech, "Science without Hardware: Building an SDR SID Receiver in an Afternoon," SARA Proceedings, Mar. 20-21, 2010.

ETS Montréal

ETS Montréal (Canada) - LACIME Laboratory

  • Georges Kaddoum, Julien Olivain, Guillaume Beaufort Samson, Pascal Giard, Francois Gagnon: Implementation of a Differential Chaos Shift Keying Communication system in GNU Radio, International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS), August, 2012. iswcs2012-dcsk-gnuradio.pdf

Code is available at

Rutgers University

Rutgers University, Wireless Information Network Laboratory

University of California in LA, Networked & Embedded Systems Lab (NESL)

  • "T. Schmid, O. Sekkat, M. B. Srivastava, "An Experimental Study of Network Performance Impact of Increased Latency in Software Defined Radios, WiNTECH@07 , September 2007

University of Delaware

University of Maryland

University of Washington, Magnetic Resonance Force Microscopy (MRFM)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Telcordia Technologies

  • F. Ge, C. Chiang, Y. Gottlieb, & R. Chadha, “GNU Radio-based digital communications: computational analysis of a GMSK transceiver,” IEEE Global Communications Conference, 2011

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

US Naval Research Laboratory

  • D. Geiger, "High Resolution Time Difference of Arrival Using Timestamps for Localization in 802.11b/g Wireless Networks", IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), Sydney, NSW, 2010


University of Adelaide

NICTA (Australia)

  • Stephen Glass, Vallipuram Muthukkumarasamy and Marius Portmann: "A Software-Defined Radio Receiver for APCO Project 25 Signals", in Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing: Connecting the World Wirelessly, IWCMC '09, Pages 67-72, Leipzig, Germany.
  • Stephen Glass, Vallipuram Muthukkumarasamy, Marius Portmann and Matthew Robert. "Insecurity in public-safety communications: APCO project 25", in International Conference on Security and Privacy for Communication Networks, SecureCom (SecureCom), London, United Kingdom, (1-18). 7-9 September 2011.

sara_journal_sid.doc - M. Leech's paper on SDR SID from SARA 2010 (694 KB) Tom Rondeau, 12/29/2010 04:38 am

sdr_complex_11.pdf (339 KB) Guest User, 09/28/2011 02:27 pm

iswcs2012-dcsk-gnuradio.pdf - ISWCS 2012 paper on DCSK implementation in GNU Radio. (251 KB) Guest User, 11/13/2012 06:55 pm