NOTE: Please use links above (e.g., “Schedule”) to find copies of slides, etc.

Instructor : Jasleen Kaur
Room : TBD
Class Time : MW, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm (subject to changes)
Office Hours : By Appointment (FB 136)


The field of wireless networking has seen tremendous growth over the last decade. The purpose of this course is to introduce this field to students (COMP 431, or a similar eperience, is a prerequisite for this course). The Fall 2021 offering is specifically designed to serve three purposes:

  • Provide sufficient background for understanding fundamental issues in wireless networks,
  • Familiarize with the latest research in wireless networks, and
  • Use hands-on projects involving wireless technologies and/or mobile devices, to explore open problemsĀ in this field.


The course will include:

  • Lectures on the core background material;
  • Paper review and presentations (focused mainly on Physical layer, MAC protocols, Measurements techniques, Cross-layer design); and
  • Semester-long projects investigating open issues in wireless networks and mobile communication.


The first part of the course (background topics) will discuss how a wireless transmission impacts and guides mechanisms in several different layers of the protocol stack. These will include:

  • History of different types of wireless technologies
    • Cellular Systems, Satellite Systems, Broadcast Systems, Wireless LANs
  • Physical characteristics of wireless transmission (including signals, antennas, multiplexing, modulation, interference, spread spectrum, frequency planning)
  • Medium Access Control
    • Coordinated access (TDMA-based, CDMA-based, …)
    • Random Access (802.11)
  • Mobile network layer issues
    • Mobile IP
    • Ad-hoc routing
  • Transport layer issues in mobile networks
    • Wireless TCP

The second part of the course will discuss recent ideas that are revolutionizing the field — including those on using wireless transmissions for purposes much beyond communication.