Mobile communication techniques


The goal of MOBCOM is to provide a fundamental understanding of mobile communication systems. The course will seek to describe the key aspects of channel characteristics/modeling, of communication techniques, and to describe the application of these techniques in wireless communication systems.

Teaching and Learning Methods : Lectures and Lab sessions (group of 2-3 students)

Course Policies : Attendance to Lab session is mandatory.


Book: Fundamentals of Wireless Communication, by D. Tse and P. Viswanath, Cambridge University Press, May 2005.


Knowledge in discrete math, probability thoery, random processes, transform theory


In terms of contents, these include:

-      Physical channel modeling, input/output channel models,

-      Time and frequency channel coherence

-      Statistical channel modeling.

-      Detection in fading channels, degrees of freedom, effects of channel uncertainty

-      Diversity techniques (time/antenna/frequency diversity, space-time codes).

-      OFDM, channel estimation.

-      Capacity of AWGN and fading wireless channels

-      Multi-user capacity and opportunistic communications,

-      Uplink/downlink AWGN channel, uplink/downlink fading channel

-      Multiuser diversity, multi-node networks.

Learning outcomes:

-      Be able to Identify the basic properties of wireless communications channels

-      Be able to analyze the performance of different standard algorithms over wireless settings

-      Be able to design simple algorithms for different single-user and multi-user settings

Nb hours:42.00, approximately 2-3 Lab sessions (15 hours)

Grading Policy:Final exam  55%, Midterm exam 20%, MATLAB sessions 15%, Homework 10%