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* Sep 1: Please attend first class on Sep 2 (Friday).

* Sep 20: Project proposals due in class on Oct 2 (Monday).

* Sep 28: Assignment 1 is due in class on Oct 12 (Wednesday).

* Oct 16: Assignment 2 is due on Oct 26 (Wednesday) by 8am. See piazza for detailed instructions.

Course Description

Theme: The growing popularity of wireless-enabled mobile devices, such as laptop and palmtop computers, has necessitated extensive research, development, and deployment of wireless communication protocols. Communication over the wireless medium has fundamentally different properties than that over a wired medium, including higher error rates, lower bandwidths, nonuniform transmission characteristics, increased usage costs, increased susceptibility to interference and eavesdropping, and higher variability of performance. Similarly, mobile nodes behave differently and have fundamentally different limitations than stationary nodes. For example, mobile nodes generally operate on limited battery power and may move and change their point of connection to the network. This course will examine the area of mobile and wireless networking, looking at the unique challenges and opportunities presented by wireless communication and host or router mobility to design of networks, systems, and applications.

Contents: The course will commence with a short retrospective of wireless communication and initially touch on some of the fundamental physical layer properties of various wireless communication technologies. The focus will then shift to design of media access control and routing layers for various wireless systems. The course will also examine adaptations necessary at transport and higher layers to cope with node mobility and error-prone nature of the wireless medium. Finally, it will conclude with a brief overview of other related issues including emerging wireless services and wireless security.

Format: Most topics in this course will be covered through readings assigned, many of which will be technical papers. In each class I will lead a discussion on one or two papers. In order to have a discussion, students will be expected to have read one assigned paper prior to each class.

Projects: Each student in the class will be expected to do a project. In the first two classes I will discuss a number of possible projects. However, students are encouraged to define their own ideas for projects. Projects can be a system design and implementation, evaluation of an idea through simulations, or even a survey of a sub-topic. (The survey should include an evaluation component). For each project, a student should submit a written project plan, a summary at the end of the semester and an oral presentation on the project.

The projects are expected to be exploratory in nature and therefore I intend to meet with each student group involved in a project quite frequently.

Some of the projects will focus on mobile phone platforms. There are 3 different platforms that are available: Android, iPhone SDK, and Windows Mobile. Please let me know if that interests you.

Syllabus PDF

Required text None.

Reference texts
Wireless Communications and Networks, Second Edition
by William Stallings, Prentice Hall
ISBN 0-13-191835-4.
Mobile Communications, Second Edition (Amazon link)
by Jochen Schiller, Addison Wesley
ISBN 0-321-12381-6.
Computer Networks: A Systems Approach (3rd Edition)
by Larry Peterson and Bruce Davie. Morgan Kaufmann, 2003.
ISBN: 1-55860-832-X
Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet
by Jim Kurose and Keith Ross, Addison-Wesley.
ISBN: 0-201-61274-7
TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1
by W. Richard Stevens. Addison-Wesley.
ISBN: 0-201-63346-9

Read for fun
Where Wizards stay up Late
by Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon. Simon and Schuster.
ISBN: 0-684-83267-4

General Information

Class Time M W F 9.30-10.45am (on average twice a week, see below in meeting frequency)
Room 2345 Engr Hall

Instructor Teaching Assistant
Name Suman Banerjee -
Email -
Office CS 7391 -
Office hours after class -

Class Mailing List
Final Exam TBA


Assignments will be due at the start of class on the due date. Late assignments will not be accepted, so turn in whatever you have done.

Handout Handed Out Comments Solutions
Course Overview and Syllabus


Assignment #1: Description, Trace files (.tgz), Due in class on Wednesday, Oct 12

Assignment #2: Read the Beamcast paper and write a review. The review needs to be posted in piazza (see instructions on how to submit). Due by 8am on Wednesday, Oct 26

Mobile phone programming resources


The readings indicated are from the reading list.

Meeting frequency: Early in the semester the class will meet thrice a week. This will help you see some initial material relevant for course projects. However, towards the latter part of the semester we will meet only once a week, especially to give you more time to work on your projects. Averaged over the entire semester, the class will have met twice a week (total meeting time over the entire semester will be no different from other usual courses).

Reading assignments: For each class, I will assign at most one paper that you will be required to have read prior to the class. This is mandatory for each student. A part of your course grade will depend on participation in class discussions. Therefore, please make sure that you keep up with the readings.

Reading groups: To help yourself prepare for each class, you should form reading groups of 3-4 members each. The goal of the reading group would be to meet prior to class and discuss the paper assigned for the corresponding class meeting.

Week Date Topic Reading Background Notes 5-min speaker
1 Sep 02, Fri Course Introduction
2 Sep 07, Wed Projects, Basic Wireless Ch. 2, Stallings
Sep 09, Fri - cont'd - Ch. 2, Stallings
3 Sep 12, Mon
Sep 14, Wed MAC layer MACA[K90], MACAW[BDSZ94]
Sep 16, Fri
4 Sep 19, Mon PCMA [MVH01]
Sep 21, Wed No class
Sep 23, Fri -cont'd-
5 Sep 26, Mon 802.11 basics
Sep 28, Wed -cont'd-, PC MAC [JV02]
Sep 30, Fri Rate adaptation [SKSK02]
6 (12) Oct 3, Mon RRAA [WLYB06]
Oct 5, Wed SoftRate [VBJ09]
Oct 7, Fri
7 Oct 10, Mon
Oct 12, Wed Mid-term I
Oct 14, Fri AccuRate [SSRN10]
8 Oct 17, Mon PPR [JB07], , Apex [SSSB10]
Oct 19, Wed Multicast Medusa [SMB10] Rehan, Ranjan
Oct 21, Fri Directional systems Deafness [RV04] Beamcast [SXGR08] Nick, Heemoon
9 (19) Oct 24, Mon Network layer Mobile IP [Per98], 4×4 [CB96] Yizheng, Ramakrishnan
Oct 26, Wed
Oct 28, Fri Ad-hoc [BMJHJ98], ETX [DPZ04]
10 Oct 31, Mon COPE [K+06], ExOR [BM05] Collin, Benjamin
Nov 2, Wed Guest lecture in CS 1240
Nov 4, Fri
11 (24) Nov 7, Mon Centaur [S+09] Ahmed, Wenqi, Shuguang
Nov 9, Wed
Nov 11, Fri
12 Nov 14, Mon Transport layer [BPSK97] Dongchan, Young-Bum, Robert
Nov 16, Wed Yashashree, Chamond
Nov 18, Fri
13 Nov 21, Mon Mid-term II
Nov 23, Wed Shiyu, Krishnendra
Nov 25, Fri Thanksgiving recess
14 Nov 28, Mon
Nov 30, Wed Siddharth, Purushothaman
Dec 2, Fri
15 Dec 5, Mon
Dec 7, Wed Lance, Ozcan, Tan, Chetan, Wenfei
Dec 9, Fri
16 Dec 12, Mon
Dec 14, Wed
Dec 16, Fri
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