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Wireless Communication


CUNY Graduate Center
Course Offering Fall 2014
Area of program: Computer Architecture and Telecommunication Systems.
Fundamentals of Wireless Communication and Networks – A Simulation Approach
Instructor: Prof. Zhanyang Zhang,
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This course has two major components, fundamental wireless communication theory and practical simulation/data analysis. It will cover wireless networks including Radio Link, RF Channel Characteristics, Frequency Reuse and Multiple Access Technologies. We take a simulation approach to analyze how network system architectures, protocols and other design issues can impact system performance. Throughout the course we will exam some of the major wireless networks, such as, cellular network systems as well as emerging wireless network systems including ad-hoc/sensor networks and underwater/underground networks.  
Teaching philosophy and approach:
Theoretical study and hands-on practical experience are both important in terms of learning a subject that is as complex as wireless communication systems. Student participation is a key factor of success. Most lectures will be instructor lead discussions. Students are expected to do hands-on labs and projects to enhance their learning experiences. We will using some of the well known simulation software, such as MATLab and NS2, to design and develop computer simulation program. This course will introduce a few selected open research problems to stimulate student’s interests for their current and/or future research/thesis work in this area.
No textbook is required. Reading materials and lecture nodes will be distributed in the class. However, the instructor highly recommends a few good reference books as listed below:
1. “Introduction to Wireless Systems” by Bruce A. Black et al. Prentice Hall, ISBN:0-13-
2. “Ad Hoc Wireless Networks – Architectures and Protocols” by Murthy and Manoj. ISBN: 0-13-147023-x
No prior knowledge about wireless communication is required. General knowledge about communication networks is very helpful but not required. Programming skills are essential for some lab and project assignments most in C/C++. Working knowledge of MATLab is preferred but not required. Students must have college leave mathematics (Calculus, Probability Theory).
1. Lab assignments – 30%
3. Midterm project – 30%
4. Final project – 40%
Learning Goals:
1. Study basic theory of wireless communication and networks.
2. Understand practical network design issues. 
3. Appreciate design trade-off decisions and how it will impact overall performance.
4. Learn to use scientific approaches to simplify a real world system using abstraction. To perform analytical analysis, simulation and data anslysis/validation. 
5. Learn how to modeling wireless network problems and using simulation as a tool to study and to solve complex problems. 
Topic List:
1. Introduction to Wireless Communication and Networks
2. Overview of Basic Communication and Network Models
3. Introduction to Information Theory 
Shannon model of communication systems
Shannon Entropy Theory and Maximum Capacity Theory
4. Wireless Radio Channel Characteristics (path loss and fading)
5. Wireless Signal Modulation and Multiple Access Control
6. Wireless Network Routing Protocols
7. Cellular Communication Networks
8. Wireless Local Area Networks
9. Selected topic on Ad-hoc Wireless Networks
10. Selected topic on Wireless Sensor Networks
11. Selected topic on Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks. 
12. Topics of Open Problems and Future Research