Please check this page regularly to know about various course deadlines. Presentation slides, assignments etc. are available through Blackboard.

Date Topic Due
09/02 Course introduction
Course objectives, topics, structure and discussion on course project
09/09 Wireless networks: MAC design
CSMA/CA, dynamic channel bonding, 802.11n/ac MAC, energy efficiency
09/16 Wireless networks: PHY design - I
OFDM, modulation and coding, rate adaptation, cross-layer rate control
09/23 Wireless networks: PHY design - II
Multi-antenna systems, MIMO, spatial multiplexing, MIMO rate adaptation, beamforming, MU-MIMO
09/30 Multi-gigabit wireless: millimeter wave networking - I
60 GHz wireless networks, directionality and beamforming, IEEE 802.11ad MAC and PHY
10/07 Multi-gigabit wireless: millimeter wave networking - II
60 GHz wireless beamforming codebook design, beam steering and width adaptation
Project proposal
10/14 Terahertz wireless: visible light communication
Visible light channel and propagation, LED transmitter design, pulse and color modulations, dimming and flickering, mobile imaging receivers, IEEE 802.15.7 PHY
10/21 Midterm
10/28 Mobile and wearable sensing
Overview of inertial sensors, magnetometer, orientation and heading detection on smartphones, activity recognition and pedometer, gesture recognition on smartwatch
11/04 Indoor localization
WiFi indoor localization, war-driving, dead reckoning using inertial sensors, crowdsourcing for localization, visible light positioning
11/11 Contact-free RF sensing
Radio frequency sensing using RSS and CSI, activity monitoring, person identification, gait analysis and vital sign monitoring through RF
Programming-1 (11/13)
11/18 Low power networking
Wireless networking for IoT devices, RFID overview, back-scatter communication, NFC, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) PHY layer
11/25 No class - thanksgiving break
12/02 Student presentations - I
Programming-2 (12/5)
12/09 Students presentations - II
12/16 Project demos

A list of topics that will be covered in the course is provided below. Please note that this is a tentative list and is subject to change (including the order of topics) based on our progress. Instructor will provide required and optional reading material (lecture notes and research papers) for each class. Detailed schedule and course material will be posted on the course website.

1. Wireless networking [3.5 weeks]
    Primer on wireless communications and networking
            A. Physical layer
                    - OFDM and 802.11 (WiFi) PHY
                    - Multi-antenna systems and MIMO
                    - Overview of 802.11n/ac PHY including beamforming
            B. MAC layer
                    - CSMA/CA and WiFi MAC overview
                    - Wide bandwidth channel access techniques (802.11n/ac)
                    - Energy efficiency and rate control

2. Mobile and wearable sensing [2.5 weeks]
            A. Overview of smartphone/wearable sensors
                    - Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer etc.
                    - Smartphone orientation and heading detection
            B. Activity recognition and healthcare
                    - Identifying human activities and context through sensors
                    - Health monitoring and fitness tracking
            C. Wearables overview
                    - Wrist-worn wearables - gesture and remote interaction
                    - Sensor fusion in body-area networks

3. Multi-gigabit wireless networks [2.5 weeks]
    Next generation (5G) wireless technologies
    Upper Gigahertz and Terahertz wireless communications
            A. Millimeter wave networking
                    - Directionality and beamforming
                    - Mobility and signal blockage
                    - IEEE 802.11ad (60 GHz WLAN) MAC and PHY overview
            B. Visible light communication
                    - High-speed networking using LEDs
                    - IEEE 802.15.7 PHY and MAC overview
            C. Sensing through visible light
                    - Visible light indoor localization and positioning

4. Indoor localization and RF sensing [2 weeks]
            A. Smartphone localization
                    - WiFi fingerprinting - protocols and challenges
                    - Non-WiFi localization
            B. Device-free sensing with radio frequency
                    - Mining wireless PHY channel state information
                    - Device-free localization and indoor human tracking
                    - Activity and gesture recognition through RF

5. Low-power networking [2 weeks]
            A. Backscatter communication
                    - Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology overview
                    - Energy harvesting tags and applications
            B. Internet-of-Things (IoT)
                    - IoT protocol overview - CoAP and MQTT
                    - IPv6 networking in low-power PANs (6LoWPAN)

6. Future mobile networks [If time permits]
            A. Drone networking
                    - Multi-UAV networks, architectures and civilian applications
                    - Communication challenges and protocols for micro UAVs
            B. Connected and autonomous cars
                    - Wireless technologies for Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications
                    - Automotive surrounding sensing with GHz and THz signals