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2016/2017 Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science Master Electrical Engineering
Wireless Communications
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. G.J.M. Janssen    G.J.M.Janssen@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr. R. Litjens    R.Litjens@tudelft.nl
Dr. P. Pawelczak    P.Pawelczak@tudelft.nl
Dr.ir. J.H. Weber    J.H.Weber@tudelft.nl
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Expected prior knowledge
Basics on Telecommunication Techniques and Telecommunication Networks.
Course Contents
The Wireless Communications course provides an overview of the fundamental
topics of modern wireless communication systems. The course is prerequisite
for the courses on Wireless Networking and Advanced Topics in Mobile

The following aspects will be covered in this course:

1. Radio propagation
- review of radio propagation, link-budget model,
- path-loss and shadow fading,
- multipath propagation:
* time domain: rms-delay spread, signal dispersion, inter-symbol
* frequency domain: frequency selectivity, coherence bandwidth,
- stochastic propagation models.

2. Modern modulation techniques
- review of basic modulation techniques,
- Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DS-SS)
- Frequency Hopping
- Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM)

3. Diversity
- diversity domains: frequency/time/spatial/polarization diversity
- transmit and receive diversity,
- diversity techniques: selection diversity, maximal ratio combining,
equal gain combining
- MIMO (multiple input multiple output), fundamentals, capacity,
space-time coding

4. Channel Coding
- Characterization of error types, and basics of error control coding
- Code design: trade-off between efficiency, reliability, complexity/delay
- Block & convolutional codes
- Puncturing, interleaving
- Turbo coding

5. Multiple Access
- Multiplexing: FDMA, TDMA, CDMA,(O)FDMA, ALOHA
- Delay modeling in multiplexing: Little's theorem, review of
continuous time Markov chains, M/M/1 system.

6. Cellular System Design
- Planning goals and performance requirements
- Planning aspects: site density, sectorization, frequency reuse
- Analysis of co-channel interference, SINR
- Teletraffic Engineering: Erlang B model
- Optimization of a simple netwerk
Study Goals
The student has gained understanding and insight in the basic concepts and
principles applied in wireless communication systems, as described under Course Contents. He/she is able to explain the relations between the different concepts and trade-offs that can be made and can apply this knowledge by solving related problems by means of calculations.
Education Method
Lectures, instruction lectures and homework exercises.
Literature and Study Materials
Slides, notes, and papers, to be provided by the instructors.
The following books are recommended as background material:
- "Digital and Analog Communication Systems", L.W. Couch II,
Prentice Hall, 2013, ISBN 978-0-13-291538-0,
- "Wireless Communications", Andrea Goldsmith,
Cambridge University Press, 2005, ISBN 9780521837163,
- http://web.mit.edu/dimitrib/www/datanets.html

Written exam.
Permitted Materials during Tests
During the written exam it is allowed to use the tables booklet as provided on Blackboard, 1x A4 of your own hand-written notes (2-sided) and a non-programmable electronic calculator.
This course belongs to the set of elective track core courses of the MScEE track Telecommunications & Sensing Systems and is an elective course for other MSc programs. Actual course information is available on Blackboard.