[CSIE 5521] Wireless Networking - Fundamentals and Applications


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Wireless Networks is one of the fastest growing technologies in the past two decades. Today we are surrounded by devices which utilize wireless radio transceivers for communications/networking with each other, such as mobile phones (3G/3.5G/4G cellular networks), laptops (WiFi/Bluetooth), FM/AM radios, satellite TV, cordless phones, etc, and they play a crucial role in our daily life: imagine how disastrous a day would be when you do not have your cell phone/laptop/TV.

Many students with a computer science background always consider the wireless system to be a mysterious blackbox or pipe: it will swallow the input bits from one end and spit out the bits at the other end of the wireless link with a fixed error probability. This is, of course, nowhere close to the reality. In this course, we will demystify the world of wireless networks for you. You will learn about the most bottom layer (in the sense of OSI’s 7 layer architecture), talking about how the information bits are manipulated into signals to be transmitted in the air, or how the signal propagates between the transmitter and the receiver, to the middle layers, about how multiple devices can share the same transmission medium in an orderly fashion, or how the information are routed in a large-scale wireless network, and to the top layer, about how different application requirements affect the design of the wireless systems.

In the course, we will also have several experimental projects for the students to learn about the wireless networks from their first-hand experience. The projects will involve developing and implementing various parts in a wireless system.

Course Information

Teaching Team

Name Office hour Room
Instructor Michael Tsai TBD R316
Instructor Kate Lin TBD TBD
TA 李蕙宇 Mon. 14:00~15:00 R424
TA 歐志先 Mon. 15:00~16:00 R424
TA 邱上倫 Wed. 17:00~19:00 EE2 355

Please direct send all your questions to wn@csie.ntu.edu.tw and the e-mails will be forwarded to all members of the teaching team.

Please make sure the title of your mail starts with “[WNFA]”. ex. “[WNFA] lab1 question”

Class Schedule & Lecture Notes

Week Date Events Course topic lecture Notes
1 2/17 (M) Course begins Basics
  • Course information [pdf]
  • Basics - Handwritten notes [pdf]
1 2/19 (W) Basics
  • Basics - Handwritten notes [pdf]
  • Related Matlab code [dot m file]
2 2/24 (M) Basics
  • Basics 2 - Handwritten notes [pdf]
2 2/26 (W) Basics
  • Basics 3 - Handwritten notes [pdf]
3 3/3 (M) Kate's lecture WiFi PHY and MAC
  • WiFi Physical Layer [pdf]
  • Handwritten notes [pdf]
3 3/5 (W) Kate's lecture WiFi PHY and MAC
  • WiFi MAC Layer [pdf]
  • Quiz 3 solution jpg
4 3/10 (M) Basics
  • Basics 4 - Handwritten notes [pdf]
4 3/12 (W) Visible Light Communications
  • VLC (with handwritten notes) [ pdf ] (accessible by NTU IP only)
5 3/17 (M) Kate's lecture Modulation
  • Modulation [pdf]
5 3/19 (W) Kate's lecture OFDM, synchronization
6 3/24 (M) Propagation
  • Path Loss and Shadowing [pdf]
6 3/26 (W) Propagation
  • Small Scale Fading 1 [pdf]
7 3/31 (M) Propagation
  • Small Scale Fading 2 [pdf]
7 4/2 (W) No class
8 4/7 (M) Propagation
8 4/9 (W) Propagation
Midterm 4/14 and 4/16 No class
9 4/21 (M) Kate's lecture MIMO
  • MIMO [pdf] (updated 04/23)
9 4/23 (W) Kate's lecture MIMO
10 4/28 (M) Diversity and Spread Spectrum
  • Diversity [pdf]
10 4/30 (W) Diversity and Spread Spectrum
  • Spread Spectrum [pdf]
11 5/5 (M) Multiple Access
  • Multiple Access [pdf]
11 5/7 (W) Multiple Access
12 5/12 (M) Vehicular Networks
  • Vehicular Networks [pdf]
12 5/14 (W) Kate's Lecture Routing in Wireless Networks
  • Routing in Ad Hoc Wireless Netwroks [pdf]
13 5/19 (M) Kate's Lecture Routing in Wireless Networks
13 5/21 (W) Kate's Lecture Advanced Topics: Paper Reading
  • Fine-grained Channel Access in Wireless LAN [pdf]
  • XORs in The Air: Practical Wireless Network Coding [pdf]
14 5/26 (M) Wireless Transport Layer
  • TCP over Wireless [pdf]
14 5/28 (W) Wireless Transport Layer
15 6/2 (M) No class
15 6/4 (W)
16 6/9 (M)
16 6/11 (W)

Experimental projects

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