ECS 257: Mobile & Wireless Networks

ECS 257
Mobile & Wireless Networks
Effective Term
2016 Fall Quarter
Learning Activities
Lecture - 3.0 hours
Independent Study - 1.0 hours
Fundamental techniques in design of second generation wireless networks: cellular network and protocols, medium access techniques, handoff control, signaling and mobility management, wireless data works, Internet mobility and Personal Communication Services (PCS). Third generation wideband systems, novel technologies, adhoc networks.
ECS 252
Enrollment Restrictions
Pass One and Pass Two open to Graduate Students in Computer Science only.

Summary of Course Content
I. Preliminaries
A. Communications networks
B. Evolution of wireless networks
C. Satellite networks
D. Personal Communication Services

II. Access Technologies
C. Channel characteristics
D. Dynamic and fixed channel allocation

III. Cellular Networks
A. Cellular network design
B. Handoff methods
C. Location Management
D. Call control and routing
E. Standards (GSM and IS-95)

IV. Wireless LANs and Local Loop
A. Wireless LAN Technology
B. IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Standard
C. Bluetooth
D. Fixed wireless

V. Wireless Data Services
A. Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD)
B. Generalized Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
C. Mobile-IP
D. Transport protocols for mobile networks

VI. Next Generation Wireless Networks and Applications
A. 3G Networks
B. Wireless ATM
C. Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)
D. Adhoc networks

Design Statement:

Students will design a new network architecture, protocol or algorithm. Alternately, they will design a simulation platform to analyze an existing network architecture, protocol or algorithm to demonstrate creativity while furthering the knowledge in the mobile and wireless networks.

Illustrative Reading
Y-B. Lin and I. Chlamtac, Wireless and Mobile Network Architectures, Wiley & Sons, 2001
T.S. Rappaport, Wireless Communications: Principles & Practice, Prentice Hall 1996

Journal papers will be provided during the course.

Potential Course Overlap
ECS 252 covers basic concepts in wireless and mobile networks in the overall context of computer networks. ECS 257 is an in-depth course in mobile and wireless networks and will be the key course to prepare students interested in research work in this area.

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