COS-463 Wireless Networks: Syllabus



There is one textbook required for this class:

As background, we also suggest several optional texts:


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Date Topics Readings Notes
Tue 02/06 Class Introduction [pdf] Spring term classes begin
Part 1: Wireless from the Transport Layer Downwards
Thu 02/08 Systems & Networking Concepts: Layering, End-to-End Arguments.
End-to-End Transport Over Wireless I: TCP, Split Connection [pdf, pptx]
Saltzer81, Jacobson88
Fri 02/09 Precept 1: Python Introduction and Signal Processing Primer [pdf] A good introduction to the DFT can be found in chapter 4 of Digital Signal Processing
Tue 02/13 End-to-End Transport Over Wireless II: Snoop and Explicit Loss Notification [pdf, pptx] BalakrishnanGlobecom98
Thu 02/15 Link Layer I: ALOHA, Time-, and Frequency Division [pdf, pptx]
Fri 02/16 Lab 1: Building a Simple Spectrum Analyzer using the HackRF Software-Defined Radio (preview) Undergraduate deadline to add or drop courses without a fee
Tue 02/20 Link Layer II: MACA, MACAW, Reliable Link Protocols [pdf, pptx] Maca, Macaw
Thu 02/22 Routing I: Mesh Networking [pdf, pptx] Roofnet05
Fri 02/23 Lab 2: MAC protocol: TDMA, FDMA, CSMA [pdf]
Tue 02/27 Routing II: Geographic and Diversity Routing in Mesh Networks [pdf, pptx] Optional Reading: GPSR, CLDP
Part 2: Overcoming Bit Errors
Thu 03/01 Detecting and Correcting Errors [pdf, pptx] Lab 1 due
Fri 03/02 Precept: Work on Lab 2
Tue 03/06 Convolutional Codes [pdf, pptx] 6.02Notes-Chp8
Thu 03/08 Rateless Codes [pdf, pptx]
Fri 03/09 Precept: Midterm review
Part 3: Wireless from the Physical Layer Upwards
Tue 03/13 Preliminaries: Radios, Modulation, and Filtering [pdf, pptx] Office hours for midterm after lecture
Thu 03/15 In-Class Midterm Exam (coverage only through March 9, inclusive)
Fri 03/16 Lab 3: Forward Error Correction Lab 2 due
Tue 03/20 Spring recess week
Thu 03/22 Spring recess week
Fri 03/23 Spring recess week
Tue 03/27 Digital Comms I: From AM Radio to Digital I/Q Modulation [pdf, pptx]
Thu 03/29 Digital Comms II: Constellation Design, Bit Error Rate, Shannon Capacity [pdf, pptx]
Fri 03/30 Precept: WiFi and LTE Overview [pdf]
Tue 04/03 The Radio Channel [pdf, pptx]
Thu 04/05 Wideband Equalization, OFDM [pdf, pptx] Lab 3 due
Fri 04/06 Lab 4: BPSK encoding and decoding
Tue 04/10 MIMO I: Spatial Diversity [pdf, pptx] MultiAntenna
Thu 04/12 MIMO II: Spatial Multiplexing [pdf, pptx] T & V, Chp. 7, §7.2 [pdf]
Fri 04/13 Precept: OFDM Power Allocation and Channel Models [pdf] Registrar’s deadline to drop spring term courses or select P/D/F option
Tue 04/17 MIMO III: Capacity, Interference Alignment [pdf, pptx] T & V, Chp. 7, §7.1 [pdf]
Thu 04/19 Multiuser Channel Capacity [pdf, pptx] T & V, Chp. 6, §§6.1, 6.2 [pdf]
Fri 04/20 Precept: Lab 4 Hackathon
Part 4: Boutique Topics
Tue 04/24 Communication via Physical Vibrations [pdf, html, md] Ripple2
Thu 04/26 Backscatter and RFID [pdf, html, md] Pre-Reading: Caraoke Lab 4 due
Fri 04/27 Lab 5: Array signal processing
Tue 05/01 Millimeter-Wave Communication [pdf, html, md] Pre-Reading: MoVR
Thu 05/03 Visible Light Communication [L23-vlc: pdf, pptx] [darklight: pdf, html, md] Pre-Reading: DarkLight
Fri 05/04 Precept: Final Exam Review Spring term classes end
Tue 05/08
Thu 05/10
Tue 05/15 Lab 5 due. Dean’s Date: deadline for student submission of written work.
Fri 05/25 Final Exam Location: Friend Center 109

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