WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS - Master of Science in Communication Engineering

Prof. Riccardo Raheli - E-mail: raheli at unipr dot it - 0521.90.5761 - http://www.tlc.unipr.it/raheli

The course aims to present the principles of current wireless communication systems, with a rigorous approach but also attention towards an operational knowledge.

Channel models. Channel capacity. Diversity techniques. Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems. Resource allocation techniques.

Instruction methods
The course is organized in lectures, exercise and laboratory sessions. Homework assignments complement classroom activity.
A tentative schedule in terms of lecture hours might be:
Lectures 56
Exercise sessions 10
Laboratory sessions 6
Effective learning requires the following necessary steps:
- attend actively all the class, exercise and laboratory sessions
- active attendance requires that all the topics of each lecture or session are studied and understood with sufficient depth in order to be able to interact with the instructor and ask questions during the next lecture
- solve the assigned exercise homework well before the scheduled session in order to fully appreciate the solution offered by the instructor
- complete and submit in due time all the homework to be graded, including exercise and laboratory items
- perform all the homework by individual work; it is allowed to have preliminary discussions with peers, but they must stop before one starts working (copying from any source is not allowed, including peers, textbooks and the web: it will cause severe discipline to all the involved parties).
All the above steps are strictly necessary and none can be neglected to achieve a satisfactory preparation and pass the examination.

Examination methods
Evaluation comprehensively based on:

Remedial evaluation (discouraged option):
Comprehensively based on written exam and extended oral exam, provided the laboratory activity requirements have been satisfactorily fulfilled during the course.

Oral exam - The student must show good knowledge of the entire course material and be able to elaborate on it. The main exam focus is to verify that the student is able to reason on the subject matter. There is no restriction on the type of questions and topics, which may include descriptions, proofs, and short problems.

Extended oral exam - This exam may be assigned if the student has fulfilled partially some of the evaluation requirements. Its purpose is the same of the Oral exam, but it may further involve the solution of written problems, the detailed proof of some results, laboratory tests or any other examination methods deemed necessary to assess the student preparation.

Knowledge of the following subjects is required:
- Probability, random variables and stochastic processes
- Signals, systems and Fourier transform
- Fundamentals of communication systems
- Basics of information theory.
Despite these subjects may be typical of a first-level university curriculum in Information Engineering, sufficient proficiency is possessed when the following first-year exams are passed:
- Detection and Estimation
- Information Theory.
Students are suggested to pass these exams before attending the course.


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