Wireless Protocols
Catalog Data: 

Graduate Course Information


ECE 678 - Wireless Protocols



Course Website:∼krunz/Classes/ECE678/

UA Catalog Description:

Course Assessment:

Presentations:  1 per student

Quizzes: 12-15

Class Participation

Final Exam

Grading Policy:

Typically: 30% Prsentations,

                  20% Final Exam,

                  30% Quizzes,

                  20% Class participation.

Course Summary:

In recent years, we have witnessed significant advances in wireless communications and net- works. On the access side, 802.11-based wireless LANs (WLANs) have been deployed in virtually all university campuses, corporations, airports, and hotels, forming many wireless clouds at the edge of the Internet. Wireless mesh and regional-area networks is on the rise. Through advanced beam-forming antennas and MIMO capabilities, they promise to bridge the connectivity between WLAN clouds and enable ubiquitous and seamless wireless communications in metropolitan areas. Wireless sensor networks have been deployed for various civilian and military applications, including environment monitoring, detection of chemical hazards, border crossing, weather forecasting, etc. High-bandwidth wireless communications using ultra-wide band (UWB) technology is gaining momentum, and will soon revolutionize home networking and bring to light a new generation of consumer electronics. Smart radios with spectrum-adaptive capabilities (a.k.a. cognitive radios) are emerging as a new paradigm for radio communications. Office and personal area networks using Bluetooth are becoming commonplace.

The purpose of this seminar course is to expose students to recent advances in wireless networks, focusing on the theoretical underpinnings, protocol design, and architectural concepts. Various topics will be covered (see attached list) through representative papers from top-tier conferences (e.g., MobiCom, MobiHoc, Sigcomm, INFOCOM, etc.), IEEE and ACM journals, magazines, and regulatory documents and standards (including FCC specifications). The class will emphasize discussion and debate, with the goal of strengthening students’ critical and analytical thinking.

Graduate Standing

There is no textbook for this class. The material will consist of assigned research papers, tutorial/survey articles, and standards documents (including FCC specifications). In addition, the slides of presentations given by the instructor and students will be made available to the class, and will constitute part of the class material. In each lecture, 1-2 papers will typically be assigned as “required”. Additional papers may be provided as “recommended reading”.

Course Topics: 

1.     Overview of Channel Access in IEEE 802.11 WLANs and Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

2.     Power-controlled MAC Protocols for MANETs

3.     Energy Management in 802.11 WLANs

4.     Mobility Modeling

5.     Routing Protocols for Multi-hop MANETs

6.     Overview of Cognitive Radios and Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks

7.     MAC Protocols for CR Networks

8.     Control Channel Assignment in DSA Networks

9.     Spectrum Sensing in CR Systems

10.  Routing in CR Networks

11.  Opportunistic WLAN Designs

12.  MAC Protocols for Directional MANETs

13.  Overview of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs)

14.  Channel Access Protocols for WSNs

15.  Localization in WSNs

16.  Security in Wireless Networks

17.  Clustering in Wireless Sensor Networks

18.  Routing in Multi-Radio Mesh Networks

19.  TCP  in Wireless  Mesh and Ad Hoc Networks

20.  Mobility Assisted Data Delivery

21.  MIMO-based MAC Design for Wireless Networks

22.  Routing in MIMO-based MANETs

23.  Cooperative and Virtual MIMO

24.  Analog Network Coding

25.  ZigZag Decoding

26.  Wireless Measurements

27.  Rate Adaptation Protocols

28.  Performance of Carrier Sensing

29.  Full-duplex Communications and Self-interference Suppression

Class/Laboratory Schedule: 

Lecture:  150 minutes/week

Laboratory:  N/A

Prepared by: 
Marwan M. Krunz
Prepared Date: 
April 2013

University of Arizona College of Engineering