This course treats the subject of modern radio engineering and includes typical RF architectures and their characterizations, modeling, prediction and simulation of radio-wave propagation, cellular planning, systems-level aspects of modern radio network design.
Teaching and Learning Methods : Lectures and Lab sessions (group of 2 students)
Course Policies : Attendance to Lab session is mandatory.
- The course will be based on part I and part II of the book "Wireless Communications" by Andreas Molisch (Wiley 2005).
- Also check out http://www.wiley.com/go/molisch for additional material. Solutions to the exercises in the book can be found File link : datas/teaching/courses/RADIO/solutions/Solutions_manual.pdf.
- Supplementary reading: Simon Saunders, "Antennas and Propagation for Wireless Communication Systems", Wiley 1999.
- An understanding of probability theory, random processes, and digital communications.
- Some knowledge of Matlab is also beneficial for the lab sessions.
- Introduction, history of mobile communications, technical requirements and limitations, and technical challenges.
- Definition and revision of some basic terms, such as thermal noise, amplifiers, noise figure, receiver sensitivity, fading margin, path loss, link budget
- Antennas and propagation
- Propagation Measurements, Modelling and Simulation: Models for path loss, shadowing, multipath propagation. Time, frequency, and spatial properties of radio channels (MIMO).
- Cellular Architectures : Link budget analysis, cellular coverage, duplexing strategies, multiple-access methods, network topologies, hand-over strategies.
- Three practical lab sessions analyzing real measurements
- A guest lecture on state-of-the art LTE network planning by Infovista, creator of the Mentum Planet tool is organized if possible
- To be able to do a simple link budget analysis and planning of a wireless system
- Know the technical limitations and possibilities when building a wireless system
- Ability to analyze and interpret channel measurements
- Know which channel model is adapted best to my requirements and how to implement it
- Understand basic cell planning tools
Nb hours : 42.00, at least 3 Lab sessions (12 hours)
Grading Policy : The better of the following two methods will be applied
Lab sessions: 25%, Mid-term exam: 25%, Final exam: 50%
Lab sessions: 25%, Final exam: 75%