My name is Asma Afzal. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Electrical
Engineering (Wireless Communication ) from the University of Leeds, UK.
I am interested in working on the WiNeLo GSoC project. WiNeLo is an
in-the-loop simulation framework for communication networks based on the
GNU Radio software radio toolkit. gr-winelo mimics the behavior of
RF frontends such as the USRP, but instead of sending the signal over
air, a central server plays the role of the wireless communication
Arbitrary channel models can be simulated, by passing their respective
Radio processing block to the server. Since this whole setup is
transparent to GNU Radio applications, it is at any moment possible to
switch between simulations and real-world tests.
After watching the FOSDEM video, I believe I can make (part of) the
following additions to the ongoing project
Implementation of various analytical channel models on the server to
mimic real wireless channel. (Rayleigh, Nakagami-m, Rician, Weibull
Implementation of different transmission strategies such as CDM or
interference free TDM with different digital modulation schemes.
A user will be provisioned to input various controlling parameters like
frequency, rate of symbol transmission, wireless environment
With reference to these points, I wanted to ask senior members of the
community regarding which tasks would be beneficial to the community
I will appreciate your input to point out the exact goal.
I believe that my skills are particularly well suited for this project.
I did my Masters in Telecommunication and Networks from NUST, Pakistan.
studied Wireless communication and Wireless networks in detail. I am
familiar with modulation schemes and wireless channel impairments like
loss, slow/fast fading, shadowing, noise and interference. My current
research is based on stochastic modeling of wireless networks in
of path loss and fading. I have recently presented a paper at Globecom
2013. The paper hasn’t come on IEEE Xplore yet but you can find an
electronic copy on this link.
Although I don’t have prior experience with GNU Radios, but I have
programming skills in C/C++ and Matlab. During my masters, I worked on a
collaborative project with Cypress Semi-Conductor, USA. The project
involved implementation of AES-128 encryption and a part of thermal
management system on Programmable System on Chip (PSoC). As a result of
successful implementation, I got two technical articles published
I am a keen learner and I have always wanted to apply my theoretical
knowledge on practical systems. This is my chance to do that. It will be
extremely beneficial for my understanding of wireless systems and since
this project is so relevant to my research, I would like to pursue it
summer as well and contribute to the GNU Radio open source community.