The IEEE Comsoc Hands-on Lab Exchange aims to encourage lab based hands-on experimentation and sharing of best practices by facilitating the exchange of lab-tested course materials among communications instructors.


The students of today will design the communications systems of tomorrow and gaining hands-on experience is a foundational element of that journey. Prototyping and field trials are widely recognized as a critical part of the rollout of new wireless standards and technologies as can be seen with global 5G standardization efforts. The increased capability and affordability of reprogrammable software defined wireless infrastructure, such as software defined radio (SDR) and software defined networking (SDN) equipment, are allowing commercial off the shelf technologies to be used in the educational laboratory in addition to more traditional research and deployment. Additionally, new programs in telecommunications are being introduced around the world recognizing telecommunications as a unique discipline. One example includes the new accreditation criteria published November 1, 2014 for “Electrical, Computer, Communications, Telecommunication(s) and Similarly Named Engineering Programs” which have received final approval from ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) with ABET accreditation visits certifying new programs as early as Fall 2015. With these advancements, IEEE Communication Society recognizes the opportunity to encourage collaboration among programs and to share and promote best practices among its members in the area of hands-on education.

Using this site

The lab exchange is maintained by the IEEE Communication Society Education and Training Board (Comsoc ETB). It is designed to house a diverse set of communications related hands-on course materials organized by topic that have been approved by the Comsoc ETB and published for use by instructors around the world. Each course contains a wealth of resources that include syllabus, lab procedures, source code, homework assignments, grading rubrics, and more. The associated files divided into two categories, public and instructor only. Public files serve as a means for quickly evaluating the course materials while access to protected files will only be granted to instructors and must be requested using an account with a university email address.

Content Submission

If you are interested in submitting your course we encourage you to email the site moderators at handsonlabexchange@comsoc.org. We will contact you with the submission criteria, review procedure, and answer any questions you might have.

Thank you,
Comsoc Education and Training Board