14:332:421 Wireless Communications

Course catalog description:  This course is an introduction to the basic principles and applications of wireless communications.  It covers the following topics: The wireless channel; Point-to-point communication: detection, diversity and channel uncertainty; Cellular systems: multiple access and interference management; Capacity of wireless channels; Multiuser capacity and opportunistic communication; MIMO I: spatial multiplexing and channel modeling.

Please see following handout for the syllabus and important class information:  
16:332:421 syllabus and important class information

Credits and contact hours: 3 credits;   3 hours every week

Pre-Requisite courses: 14:332:322

Co-Requisite courses: None

Assigned Course Meeting Times: Mondays 7–10pm EST

Topics Covered:

  • The wireless channel
  • Point-to-point communication: detection, diversity, and channel uncertainty
  • Cellular Systems: multiple access and interference management
  • Capacity of wireless channels
  • Multiuser capacity and opportunistic communication
  • MIMO I: spatial multiplexing and channel modeling 

Textbook:  "Fundamentals of Wireless Communication", David Tse and Pramod Viswanath, Cambridge University Press, 2005 (freely downloadable at: https://web.stanford.edu/~dntse/wireless_book.html). This textbook takes a unified view of the fundamentals of wireless communication and explains the web of concepts underpinning these advances at a level accessible to an audience with a basic background in probability and digital communication.

Other supplemental material: class notes; Handouts including research papers given by instructor for in-depth references of classical, contemporary and emerging wireless communications methods.

Course Grading: Recognizing the need to alter traditional course evaluation plan because some students will experience traditional lectures, while others will experience remote instruction, the instructor will adjust the evaluation format to provide a fair assessment across both modes of instruction. The specific grading breakdown the instructor will follow is:
                      Quizzes: 16%
                      Midterm exam (online synchronous): 20%
                      Final exam (cumulative, online synchronous): 25%
                     Course Project (semester-long project with 3 homework assignments, 13% each): 39%

Quizzes and exams will be given to remote students using online methods. All students will be required to acknowledge an Honor Pledge; in which they commit to ensuring the integrity of the grading process across both modes of instruction.