Understanding physical layer design of wireless communication systems is essential for anyone interested in telecommunications and wireless engineering. This course extends the knowledge of the basic elements of a wireless communication link to a comprehensive functional view of a wireless communication system, and provides a skillset required for practical system design and analysis. |
At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
- name, explain and compare main concepts and design approaches behind key building blocks constituting a wireless communication link such as channel coders/decoders, modulators/demodulators, multiplexers/demultiplexers;
- understand advanced transceiver designs including multiple access schemes, spread spectrum, and OFDM systems;
- use Matlab to implement and study key functions of a wireless communication link;
- apply tools from estimation and information theory to evaluate link performance over AWGN, flat-fading and dispersive channels;
- analyse physical-layer design of modern wireless communication systems (GSM, 5G, LTE, WLAN, Bluetooth, etc.);
- mathematically reason a choice of physical layer system parameters provided a specific application scenario (desired data rate, bandwidth, distance, propagation channel, etc.);
- based on the choice of system parameters, devise a communication link and numerically evaluate its performance using Simulink.
WiCoS provides an extensive overview of the fundamental principles underlying physical layer design of wireless communication systems.|
The course is organized in two parts. In the first part, we review constituent physical layer components of a wireless communication link including main
Furthermore, we introduce basics of estimation and information theory as applied to wireless communication systems, e.g., for receiver synchronization, BER performance and channel capacity analysis.
- modulation/demodulation types;
- channel coding/decoding methods;
- diversity schemes.
In the second part of the course, we focus on advanced transceiver schemes including
The consideration of advanced transceiver schemes is accompanied by practical examples of real-life system designs (cellular communications, WLAN, Bluetooth, etc.)
- multiple access schemes;
- spread spectrum systems;
- OFDM systems.
- Two-part written exam: both test grades must be at least 5.5.
- Lab reports: minimum grade 5.5
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 Module 8 – Signal Processing and Communications (202001153), or equivalent.
|Master Electrical Engineering|
|Master Internet Science and Technology||Required materials|
|A.F. Molisch, Wireless Communications. 2nd edition, Wiley-IEEE press. ISBN-13: 978-0470741863|
|A. Burr, Modulation and Coding for Wireless Communications. Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 978-0201398571|
|S. Kay, Fundamentals of Statistical Signal Processing, Volume I: Estimation Theory. Pearson; 1. Edition. ISBN-13: 978-0133457117|
|Self study with assistance|
|Self study without assistance|
|Written exam, Assignment|