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 at the lab session is mandatory.


Book: TSE D., VISWANATH P. Fundamentals of Wireless Communication. Cambridge University Press, 2005, 564p.


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

  • 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


  • Midterm exam (20% of the final grade)
  • Lab. reports (15% of the final grade)
  • Homework (10% of the final grade)
  • Final Exam (55% of the final grade)