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Course module: 191211030
Wireless Propagation Channels
Course info
Course module191211030
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. Y. Miao
Examiner A.B.J. Kokkeler
dr. Z. Mahfouz
Contactperson for the course
dr. Y. Miao
dr. Y. Miao
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
This course serves as an essential preparation for students aiming at a study or career relevant to wireless communications and/or sensing. This course extends the knowledge of a radio system to its comprehensive function and performances in real-world scenarios.
While radio systems are designed to perform optimally in specific application scenarios and use cases, the system design needs to be optimized to countermeasure the challenges when applied in the uncontrollable environment. The key fundamental aspects of both the designable system and the uncontrollable radio propagation channel will be addressed in this course.

At the end of the course, the student can: 
  • understand and calculate a wireless link budget incorporating transmitter, over-the-air channel, and receiver aspects;
  • explain important aspects concerning wireless propagation channels (propagation path loss, small-scale and large scale fading, statistical/empirical/deterministic models of channels);
  • design and implement a radio channel measurement for specific scenarios (examples: body area networks, in-on-off body communications, indoor Wi-Fi communication/sensing , outdoor LTE communications, vehicle-to-everything communications, in-foliage communications/sensing, unmanned aerial vehicle air-to-ground communications);
  • conduct radio channel measurement and/or ray tracing/launching simulation, analyze the measured radio channel, process the data, and interpret the observations;
  • present the project (motivation, measurement design, numerical results, performance evaluation)
This course provides an extensive overview of the fundamental principles of wireless channels for radio communications/sensing. The course starts from the fundamentals of radio propagation and extends to the core techniques in radio system design to countermeasure against the dispersive radio channels.

The course includes an outlook over the most recent research developments in 5G/6G as well as an invited talk from an inspiring academic/industry figure.
Specific topics include: 
  • applications, requirements, challenges and opportunities of wireless communication/sensing systems;
  • radio wave propagation mechanisms, multipath, deterministic description of wireless channels;
  • large-scale path loss and small-scale fading;
  • statistical description of wireless channels, including wideband and directional channel characterization;
  • channel models;
  • channel sounding/estimation techniques, diversity and equalization;
  • Channel delay/range-Doppler-angular information.
Home assignments (20%)
Simulation/Measurement project (40%)
Oral exam (40%)

EE Module 4 – Wireless Transmission (202100135)
EE Module 8 – Signal Processing and Communications (202001153)
or equivalent
See the Osiris descriptions of the modules/courses mentioned above. Do not hesitate to contact in case of questions.
Assumed previous knowledge
Knowledge of Electrical Engineering at Bachelor level is required. Particularly, the prerequisites are basics of probability theory, communications, and signal processing. Familiarity/usage experience with Matlab is also required.
Expected knowledge level corresponds to UT EE M8 – Signal Processing and Communications (202001153), or equivalent.
Prior participations in the MSc course Wireless Communication Systems (202100101) and Smart Antennas (201200231) are strongly advised but not required.
Participating study
Master Electrical Engineering
Participating study
Master Internet Science and Technology
Participating study
Master Computer Science
Participating study
Master Embedded Systems
Required materials
Lecture notes
A.F. Molisch, Wireless Communications. 2nd edition, Wiley-IEEE press, ISBN-13: 978-0470741863 ,
Recommended materials
A. Goldsmith, Wireless Communications. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0521837163
R. Vaughan, J.B. Andersen, Channels, Propagation and Antennas for Mobile Communications. IET Electromagnetic Waves Series 50. ISBN-13: 978-0852960844
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Project unsupervised
Presence dutyYes

Self study without assistance


Assignments, Project, Oral Exam

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