Wireless communications is a fast growing segment of the communications industry, with the potential to provide high-speed high-quality information exchange between portable devices located anywhere in the world. Potential applications enabled by this technology include multimedia Internet-enabled cell phones, smart homes and appliances, automated highway systems, video teleconferencing and distance learning, and autonomous sensor networks, to name just a few.
Wireless Communications is a course that provides an introduction to the basic design principles and analysis of modern wireless communication systems. The topics covered will include: introduction to wireless communications, the evolution of wireless communications – Second Generation (2G) and Third Generation (3G) systems, the cellular concept – system design fundamentals, mobile radio propagation – large scale path loss, mobile radio propagation – small scale fading and multipath, modulation techniques for mobile radio, equalization, diversity, multiple access techniques for wireless communications, and wireless systems and standards.
The goal of this course is to help graduate students to
- learn about different wireless communication technologies
- understand the basic components of a wireless communication system
No prior knowledge of wireless technology is required.
Students will be assigned 5 homework assignments, and 1 final exam.
Module 1: Overview of Wireless Communications History Wireless standards: cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, UWB Wireless Channel Modeling Module 2: Path loss and shadowing models
Statistical fading models Narrowband/wideband fading models
Module 3: Digital Modulation and its Performance Quick review of AWGN channel performance Fading channel performance, overview of adaptive modulation
Module 4: Capacity of Wireless Channels Ergodic capacity Outage capacity
Module 5: Diversity in Fading channels Time diversity, frequency diversity, and spatial diversity Receiver spatial diversity: selection combining, threshold Combining, maximum ratio combining, equal-gain combining Transmitter spatial diversity: channel unknown, channel known
Module 6: Multiple Antenna and Space-time Communications MIMO channel model MIMO channel capacity
Module 7: Multiple Access Schemes FDMA, TDMA, CDMA
Module 8: Cellular Systems 2G, 3G, 4G
This course is Instructor-led and delivered through our award-winning online Learning Management System.