CS718 : Wireless Networks

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

This is a graduate level course. The course will introduce the basics of wireless communication, the evolution of modern wireless cellular networks and the design principles of cellular network. It will also demonstrate the architecture and protocols of GSM, GPRS and WCDMA cellular systems. The course will develop concepts of the emerging wireless networks: Wireless LAN, Wireless Mesh Networks, Wireless Personal Area Networks, Wireless Sensor Networks, WiMAX. The emphasis will also be on exploring research issues in emerging wireless networks.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of wireless communication.
  • Have adequate knowledge about the evolution of wireless systems.
  • Understand the design of cellular systems in terms of frequency planning, system capacity and quality of communication.
  • Have knowledge of supporting packet data traffic on cellular systems and enhancements for higher data rates.
  • Able to carry research in emerging wireless networks.

Course Calendar

Introduction to Wireless Communication (Wired vs. Wireless Communication, Electromegnatic Signal, Time-Domain Cocepts, Frequency-Domain Concepts, Channel Capcity, Signal-to-Noise Ratio, EM Spectrum, Design Challenges)1Stallings (2004)
Introduction to Wireless Communication (Wireless Transmission, Signal Encoding and Modulation,Categories of Noise, Attenuation and other Impairments)2Stallings (2004)
Introduction to Wireless Communication (Multiplexing, Transmission Mediums, Propagation Modes, Multipath Propagation, Types of Fading)3Stallings (2004)
Error Detecting and Correcting Techniques(Parity Check, Cyclic Redundancy Check, Block Error Code)4Stallings (2004)
Error Detecting and Correcting Techniques (Hamming Codes, BCH Codes, Reed Solmon Codes, ARQ, Flow Control,Go-Back-N, Go-Back-N ARQ)5Stallings (2004)
Multiple Access Techniques (FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, ALOHA based Random Access Techniques)6Rappaport (2002)
CSMA and Spread Spectrum (Frequency Hoping and Direct Sequence)7Rappaport (2002)
Evolution of Wireless Networks (1G Cellular Networks(NMT,AMPS,TACS), 2G Cellular Networks(GSM,IS-136,IS-95))8Rappaport (2002)
Assignment No. 1
Evolution of Wireless Networks (2.5G Cellular Networks(HSCSD,GPRS,EDGE,IS-95B), 3G Cellular Networks(UMTS/W-CDMA,CDMA2000,TD-SCDMA))9Rappaport (2002)
Evolution of Wireless Networks (Limitation of 3G, 4G Objectives,Issues,QoS,Security,Multimedia Services and Applications, Convergence of Cellular and WLAN, Billing Issue, WLANS(IEEE802.11), WiMAX(IEEE802.16), Wireless PAN(IEEE802.15))10Rappaport (2002)
Fundamentals of Cellular Concepts(Cellular Concept, AMPS Architecture, Frequency Reuse, Locating co-channel cells)11Rappaport (2002)
Fundamentals of Cellular Concepts (Channel Assignment Strategies,Handoff Strategies,Prioritizing Handoff,Practical Handoff Considerations)12Rappaport (2002)
Fundamentals of Cellular Concepts (Co-channel Interference and Capacity, Adjacent Channel Interference and Capacity, Channel Planning for Wireless System)13Rappaport (2002)
Fundamentals of Cellular Concepts (Trunking and Grade of Service,Measuring Traffic Intensity,Trunked Systems,Erlang Charts,Improving Coverage and Capacity,Cell Splitting,Sectoring,Repeaters for Range Extension,Microcell Zone Concept)14Rappaport (2002)
Analog Mobile Phone System (Introduction, Architecture, System Overview, Call Handling, Air Interface, Supervisory Signals, N-AMPS)15Rappaport (2002)
GSM: Global System for Mobile Communication (Introduction, System Architecture, Network Areas, Specifications, Subscriber Services, Mobility, Identifiers in GSM Network)16Rappaport (2002)
Assignment No. 2
Identifiers in GSM Network(Contd..), Call Routing in GSM, GPRS: General Packet Radio Service (Introduction, Architecture, Registration and Session Management, Routing Scenario in GPRS, Channels Classification)17J Cai, D. J. Goodman, “General Packet Radio Service”, IEEE Communication Magzine, 1997, IEEE VTC 2000
GPRS: General Packet Radio Service (Protocol Architecture, Air Interface, Data Routing and Mobility, Uplink Data Transfer, Downlink Data Transfer, QoS in GPRS, EDGE Airlink)18J Cai, D. J. Goodman, “General Packet Radio Service”, IEEE Communication Magzine, 1997, IEEE VTC 2000
IS-136, IS-136 Channels and Specifications, CDMA One / IS-95 (Advantages and Drawbacks of CDMA Cellular,Mobile Wireless CDMA Design Considerations, IS-95 CDMA Forward Channel)19Rappaport (2002)
Walsh Codes, IS-95 Reverse Link, EDGE: Enhanced Data Rate for GSM Evolution (Introduction, Modulation and Coding Schemes, Link Adaptation and Incremental Redundancy, Capacity Planning, Dynamic Abis Pool, Benefits)20M. Eriksson, A. Furuskar, M. Johansson, S. Mazur, J. Molno, C. Tidestav, “The GSM/EDGE Radio Access Network - GERAN; System Overview and Performance Evaluation”, pp. 2305-9
WCDMA / UMTS (Introduction,Service Classes in UMTS, UTRAN Architecture, Radio Interface protocol Architecture, Protocol Models for UTRAN, Logical Channels in WCDMA)21Holma and Toskala (2001)
WCDMA / UMTS (Spreading and Scrambling, Transport and Physical Channels, Signalling, Physical Layer Procedures)22Holma and Toskala (2001)
Mid-term Examination
WCDMA / UMTS (Compressed Mode Measurements, Handover Measurements, WCDMA Packet Data Access, Transport Channels For Packet Data, Packet Scheduling Algorithms)23Holma and Toskala (2001)
CDMA 2000 (Introduction, New MAC and Physical Layer Features,Physical Layer of cdma2000, Reverse Physical Channels, New Network Elements in cdma2000, Mobility Management, Handoff)24Etemad (2004)
Review of Lectures 1-2425
Wireless LAN/IEEE 802.11 (Overview, IEEE 802.11 Protocols, Architecture, Services, MAC Protocols, CSMA/CA Algorithm)26Gast (2005)
Problems with DCF, RTC / CTS Protocol, PCF, MAC Frames, Physical Media in Original IEEE 802.1127Gast (2005)
Course Vivas
Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (Introduction, Characteristics, Ad Hoc vs. Cellular Networks, Applications, Challenges,Routing Protocols (DSDV,AODV,DSR,TORA,OLSR,ZRP))28Gast (2005)
802.11 Security, Types of Attacks, Flaws, WEP Protocol, WEP Authentication, Security Flaws in Original 802.11, IBSS Security Model291)Gast (2005) 2)C. He, J. C. Mitchell , “Security Analysis and Improvements for IEEE 802.11i”, NDSS Symposium 2005 3)C. He, J. C Mitchell, “Security Analysis and Improvements for IEEE 802.11i”, Tech. report, Stanford University.
Academic Research Paper
QoS in WLAN, Limitations of QoS in IEEE 802.11, Overview of 802.11e, Traffic Categories, EDCF,HCF, Mobile IP in Details301)Stallings (2004) 2)Yang Xiao, "IEEE 802.11e QoS provisioning at the MAC layer", Volume: 11 Issue: 3, Pages: 72-79, IEEE Wireless Communications, 2004
Introduction to Wireless Mesh Networks, Characteristics, WMN vs MANET, Architecture, Applications, Critical Factors Influencing Performance31I. F. Akyildiz, X. Wang, W. Wang, Wireless mesh networks: a survey, Computer Networks pp. 445-487, 2005.
MAC Layer in WMN, Network Layer in WMN, QoS Support at Each Layer,WMN Standards32I. F. Akyildiz, X. Wang, W. Wang, Wireless mesh networks: a survey, Computer Networks pp. 445-487, 2005.
TCP for Wireless Networks (Motivation, TCP Variants, Issues in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks, TCP Schemes for Wireless)33M. Patel, N. Tanna, P. Patel, R. Banerjee , TCP over Wireless Networks: Issues, Challenges and Survey of Solutions, Tech. Report, University of Texas, 2001.
Sensor Networks (Introduction, Applications, Factors Influencing Performance of WSN, Architecture and Communication Protocols, Challenges in WSNs)34I. F. Akyildiz, W. Su, Y. Sankarasubramaniam, E. Cayirci , Wireless sensor networks: a survey, Computer Networks issue 38 pp. 393-422, 2002
Research Directions, TinyOS, Overview of MAC Protocols in WSN, Energy Efficiency in MAC, Proposed MAC Routing Protocol in WSNs35Demirkol I., Ersoy C., & Alagoz F., (2006). MAC Protocols for Wireless Sensor Networks: A Survey. IEEE Comm. Magzine, pp. 115-121.
Routing Challenges and Design Issues, Routing Protocols in WSN (SPIN, Directed Diffusion, ACQUIRE, LEACH, TEEN/APTEEN, GAF, GEAR, SPEED)36K. Akkaya, M. Younis , “A survey on routing protocols for wireless sensor networks”, Ad Hoc Networks, 3 (2005) 325–349.
Transport Protocols for WSN, TCP/UDP for WSN, Security Threats in WSN, TinySec, Motivations of Link Layer security, TinySec Design Goals, Semantic Secure Encryption in TinySec37C. Wang1 M. Daneshmand, B. Li, K. Sohraby, A Survey of Transport Protocols for Wireless Sensor Networks, IEEE Network Magazine
Security primitives in TinySec, Encryption Schemes, Keying mechanism, Wireless Multimedia Sensor Networks(WMSN), Wireless Sensor Actor Networks(WSAN), WSANs vs. WSN381)I. F. Akyildiz, T. Melodia, K. R. Chowdhury, “A survey on wireless multimedia sensor networks”, Computer Networks, no. 51, pp. 921-960, 2007. 2)I. F. Akyildiz, I. H. Kasimoglu, Wireless sensor and actor networks: research challenges, Elsevier Ad hoc Net
Introduction to WPAN, Bluetooth introduction, Technical Features, Access Technique, Bluetooth Topology/Scenario, Specifications and Architecture, Core Protocols, Packet Format, Link Connections and Flow Specification Parameters391)Stallings (2004) 2)B. Chatschik, "An overview of the Bluetooth wireless technology", Volume 39, Issue 12, Page(s):86 - 94, IEEE Communications Magazine, 2001, http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/iel5/35/20896/00968817.pdf?tp=&arnumber=968817&isnumber=20896 3)P[1
High Rate WPAN (IP Over Bluetooth,Bluetooth Security,WPAN Standards,IEEE 802.15.3 Overview,Topology,Coordination,Medium Acces,Channel Time Management,Power management,MAC Frame format)40IEEE LAN/MAN Standard Committee, Part 15.3: Wireless Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY), Specifications for High Rate Wireless, Personal Area Networks (WPANs)
IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee (Overview,Basics,Type of Devices,Topology,Addressing,Physical Layer,Channel Access Mechanisms,Data Transfer Model,Superframe Structure)41Zigbee IEEE 802.15.4 Summary, http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/~csinem/academic/publications/zigbee.pdf
WiMax/IEEE 802.16 (Basics and Overview, Fourm, IEEE 802.16 Evolution and Standard,Comparison 802.11 and 802.16,Network Architecture,OFDM,OFDMA,Physical Layer Features,MAC Layer)421)Stallings (2004) 2)Mobile WiMAX – Part I: A Technical Overview and Performance Evaluation, WiMAX Forum, 2006.
WiMax/IEEE 802.16 MAC QoS (Reference Model,Burst Profiles,Convergence Sublayers,MAC PDU Format and Transmission,Fragmentation / Packing,Request/Grant Scheme,Classes of Uplink Service,Power Management/Handoff)43Mobile WiMAX – Part I: A Technical Overview and Performance Evaluation, WiMAX Forum, 2006.
4G Overview,Issues,Mobility Management,Handoffs (Types,Issues,Process and Standard),QoS Considerations44Mobile WiMAX – Part I: A Technical Overview and Performance Evaluation, WiMAX Forum, 2006.
Review of Lectures 26 - 4445
Final-term Examination
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