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Wireless communications techniques and design / Wireless technologies and devices

Learn the fundamentals of wireless systems and devices, and apply them to the wireless design and planning in smart cities, IoT, and industry 4.0 scenarios

The course provides the basic knowledge for the analysis and design of wireless systems and devices. Starting from the analysis of different applications and scenarios, the course presents the most important wireless technologies and architectures adopted in the state of the art, with a deep and comparative analysis of the relevant software and hardware parts. The objective of the course is to provide the basic instruments to the information engineer for the analysis, design and planning of wireless systems and devices currently adopted and of possible future use in application contexts of relevant scientific and industrial interest such as smart cities, internet of things (IoT), and industry 4.0.

Course Content

Wireless Systems Modeling

- modeling of single radiating elements for wireless communications (e.g., narrowband, wideband, multiband); - modeling of arrays of radiating elements for wireless communications, radar and remote sensing; - modeling of innovative antenna systems for ground and space communications applications; - analysis of complex scenarios modelling the full wireless system, considering the interactions with the surrounding enviroment; - modeling of complex wireless systems scenarios in the presence of biological bodies; - modelling of metamaterialbased wireless systems for communications applications.

Wireless Localization

- exploitation of existing wireless communications devices for passive localization of targets; - modelling of indoor and outdoor localization scenarios; - testing of advanced methodologies for wireless localization of targets; - developing of frontend software for localization systems .

Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs)

- implementation of a smart and efficient urban environment through a set of wireless sensor networks; - design of WSNs for a smart city environment, including smart warehouse and precision farming; - innovative Industry 4.0 oriented WSNs applications.

Wireless-Information based Decision Support Systems

- introduction to information systems that supports decision making process (i.e., offer solutions); - study of techniques for reducing the workload of complex systems management; - study of algorithms providing tradeoff solutions to nontrivial problems.

Further Readings

  • Ian F. Akyildiz, Mehmet Can Vuran, Wireless Sensor Networks, Wiley, 2010.
  • S. R. Vijayalakshmi and S. Muruganand, Wireless Sensor Networks : An Introduction, Mercury Learning and Information, 2018.
  • K. Finkenzeller, RFID Handbook: Fundamentals and Applications in Contactless Smart Cards, Radio Frequency Identification and Near-Field Communication, Wiley, 2003.
  • C. Haslett, Essentials of Radio Wave Propagation, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • D. Tse and P. Viswanath, Fundamentals of Wireless Communication. Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • A. Zaidi, F. Athley, J. Medbo, U. Gustavsson, G. Durisi, and X. Chen, 5G Physical Layer. Academic Press, 2018.

    ELEDIA Reflector antenna simulation

    ELEDIA On-body antenna simulation