Mobile Radio Networks II

Overview and Syllabus:

The lecture is the second part of lecture series covering important aspects of mobile radio networks. The course is designed oto bevery suitable for M.Sc. students speciaizing Communications Engineering or Information Technology (IK, TI and MCE students in RWTH program).

The first part of the course is focused on spread spectrum systems and their use to buildCDMA-based networks. The most well-known commercial example we will be covering is 3G WCDMA/UMTS. During this process comparisons to 2G cellular networks will be done putting the learned material into a wider context.

The second part of he course focuses on short-range radio networks, our emphasis is almost exclusively on WLANs. We cover IEEE 802.11 standards and its key amendments. In addition to basic aspects of the physical layer (OFDM), the medium access and issues of whole networks will be taken into account. In the case of Medium Access Control we cover the basic foundations of wireless MAC designs in the course.

We conclude the course on short discussion on LTE and the future development of very high speed mobile radio systems.

It is strongly recommended to students to prepare the exercise problems every week before the tutorial and hand in their solutions. The teaching assistant will correct all student work and feedback will be provided.

Reading and Bibliography:
The lecture slides are made available in L2P. The relevant literature is introduced in the beginning of the course. There is a strong emphasis in the course to teach students to find suitable extra information from the literature and internet. A part of UMTS/WCDMA lecturing material is based on the background reading book by Toskala & Holma.    

Previous Knowledge:

No hard prereqs, but  the student is expected to know the main principles of signals & systems and basics of computer networkingm i.e. knowledge on the OSI reference model and the basics of signal theory are assumed. Having a knowledge of Mobile Radio Networks I is very useful, but it is not absolutely necessary for all students.

Language: English

Exam: Written final exam.

Responsible professor: Prof. Mähönen or Prof. Petrova (depending on the semester)

Institute for Networked Systems
RWTH Aachen University

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