This course introduces the fundamentals of wireless networks for device- to-device (D2D) communications and presents the new emerging technologies for advances wireless communication systems. The main objectives of this course are (i) basics on wireless technologies, especially in new emerging scenarios such as Beyond5G (B5G), and (ii) the skill to apply this information for service development in Internet of Things (IoT) context. In particular, we will study the WiFi technology, the D2D communications and new emerging technologies such as Massive MIMO, mmWave, optical wireless communications, etc. For different application scenarios (e.g., smart city, smart car, environmental monitoring), we will investigate the main networking issues and techniques, the wireless technologies, as well as the performance results and open issues.
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The following topics will be addressed in this course:
• Distributed wireless networks
- IEEE 802.a/b/g/p/n standard
- The Bluetooth technology
- The standard ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4
- Channel access techniques and data offloading
- Routing protocols and networking techniques
- Distributed wireless networks performance
• Wireless sensor networks in IoT context:
- Internet of Drones
- Internet of Vehicles
- Social IoT / IoVs
- Underwater sensor networks
- D2D communications and standards
- Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN)
- 6LoWPAN protocol
• New emerging technologies in B5G scenarios
- WiFi 6
- Massive MIMO
- THz-band communications
- mmWave
- Sidelink
• Optical wireless communications
- Free Space Optics
- Visible Light Communications

Core Documentation

Notes provided by the professor

Recommended books/texts:
- Andrea Goldsmith, «Wireless Communications», Cambridge.
- R. Herrero, «Fundamentals of IoT Communication Technologies», Springer
- Kurose and Ross, "Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach"
- F. Ghassemlooy et al. "Optical Wireless Communications: System and Channel Modelling with MATLAB®"
- I. A. Hemadeh, K. Satyanarayana, M. El-Hajjar and L. Hanzo, «Millimeter-Wave Communications: Physical Channel Models, Design Considerations, Antenna Constructions, and Link-Budget,» in IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 870-913, Secondquarter 2018, doi: 10.1109/COMST.2017.2783541.

Reference Bibliography

https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/416627/1/CST_mmWave_Ibrahim.pdf Z. Ghassemlooy, W. Popoola, S. Rajbhandari, "Optical Wireless Communications - System and Channel Modelling with MATLAB®"

Type of delivery of the course

Lectures in class

Type of evaluation

The exame consists in an oral verification