Date of Award

Spring 5-2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science and Software Engineering (MSSE)


Engineering Management

First Advisor

Deborah Walter

Second Advisor

Daniel Moore

Third Advisor

Dirk Bank


Research has been conducted to determine the location of uncooperative radio-frequency (RF) emitters, using low cost sensors employing broadband, low directivity antennas. Comparably lowered accuracy and longer response time may be appropriate trade-offs for size, weight, and power (SWAP). These sensors can then be deployed on numerous testbeds, and algorithms may take advantage of the reconfigurable, distributive network of sensors to precisely determine the location. To conduct this research, a network of three reconfigurable sensors, equipped for emitting and receiving RF signals, was designed based on Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP™) technology. This thesis details the experiments conducted and the results obtained to develop accurate models of the receiving sensors and to validate the emitter location algorithm.