Bogazici University

Department of Computer Engineering


CMPE 581- Special Topics: Communications Engineering for Mobile/Wireless Networks

(Fall 2013)




Catalog Data               Special topics selected to reflect recent technologies and trends in communication networks as dictated by faculty member expertise and studentsinterests. All seven-layer of computer communication networks will be explored for the MS and PhD students with no background in communications & networks.


Instructors                  Fatih Alagoz, Professor.

Room: ETA42



                                     Dr. Gürkan Gür (Co-Instructor)

 Room: ETA41



Credit                          3 hours 



by course                    Consent of instructor



by topics                     Each student should have the background in:

§  Computer networks (Optional).

§  Probability theory (Recommended).


Textbook                     There is no required textbook for this course. The required materials will be provided during the course. Supplement articles and class Power Point slides will be provided regularly.



·   Dharma P.  Agrawal and  Qing-An Zeng, “Introduction to Wireless and Mobile Systems “, 1st Edition, 2002, Brookscole.

·   Theodore S. Rappaport, “Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice”, 2/e, 2002, Prentice Hall.

·   W. Lee, “ Mobile Communications Design Fundamentals”, 2nd edition, John Wiley & Sons.

·   B. Sklar, “Digital Communications-Fundamentals and Applications”,  Prentice Hall.

·   J.D. Parsons, “The Mobile Radio Propagation Channel”, Wiley 1992.

·   H. Holma, and A. Toskala, “ WCDMA for UMTS –Radio Access For Third Generation Mobile Communications ”,  John Wiley & Sons.

·   Sergio Verdu, Multiuser Detection, Cambridge Un Press, 1998

·      R. Galleger, “Information Theory and Reliable Communication”, John Wiley and Sons

·   R. Wells, Applied Coding and Information Theory for Engineers, Prentice Hall 1998



Course Objectives and Related Program Educational Objectives (ABET200):      

1.     To be familiar with the wireless/mobile market and the future needs and challenges.

2.     To apply mathematical models of radio wave propagation.

3.     To strengthen studentsknowledge in mobile/wireless communication systems.

4.     To design mobile/wireless communication systems.

5.     To develop studentswriting and research skills. 


Course Outcomes and Related to Program Outcomes (ABET200):

By the end of the term, you should be able to

  1. Understand the new trends in mobile/wireless communications networks.  [J,L].
  2. Understand the characteristics of mobile/wireless communication channels. [A].
  3. Apply statistical models of multipath fading. [A,E].
  4. Apply analytical and empirical models in the design of wireless links. [A, C, E, K,L].
  5. Understand the multiple radio access techniques. [A, E, L].
  6. Understand the multiple division and modulation techniques. [A, E, L].
  7. Understand the need of coding, diversity, interleaving and link techniques for mobile/wireless communications networks. [A, E, L]
  8. Understand the multiuser detection techniques. [A, E, L].
  9. Understand the information and coding theory for wireless/mobile networks
  10. Read and understand scientific articles through the term paper assignments. [G,F].
  11. Work out a complete design project related to mobile/wireless systems. [A,C,E,G,F,K,L].


Course Topics (by Week):


W.1.   INTRODUCTION: History of Cellular Networks. Characteristics of Cellular Networks. Fundamentals of Cellular Networks. Cellular Network Infrastructure. Satellite Systems. Network Protocols. Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks. Wireless LANs and PANs.


W.2-4 INTRODUCTION TO MOBILE RADIO PROPAGATION FOR COMPUTER ENGINEERS: Types of Radio Waves. Propagation Mechanisms. Free-Space Propagation. Land Propagation. Path Loss. Slow Fading. Fast Fading. Doppler Effect. Delay Spread. Intersymbol Interference. Coherence Bandwidth. Cochannel Interference


W.5    MULTIPLE DIVISION TECHNIQUES: Concepts and Models of FDMA, TDMA, and CDMA. Modulation Techniques.


W.6    MULTIUSER DETECTION TECHNIQUES: Optimal, Conventional, decorrelator, multistage blind detection etcs .


W.7-8 INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION THEORY FOR COMPUTER ENGINEERS: Information, mutual information, capacity, channel types, Shannon’ limit etc.


W.9-10INTRODUCTION TO CHANNEL CODING FOR COMPUTER ENGINEERS: Linear Block Codes. Cyclic Codes. Convolutional Codes. Interleaver . Turbo Codes.  ARQ Techniques.



W.11-13 selected topics from next generation Wireless NETWORKS: cognitive radio networks, nanonetworks, sensor networks, etc.



W.14 Project Presentations


Grading policy (Tentative):    


Class activities                                                 10%

HWs Pop quizzes                                             15%

Midterm 1                                                        20%    

                                    Term Project                                                   20%    

Final                                                                35%    



Class/Laboratory Schedule:

Three 50-minute lecture/discussion sessions per week.


 Contribution of Course to Meeting the Professional Component:

  Mathematics and Basic Science:      50 %   

  New Trends in Engineering topics:    50 %


Prepared by:      Fatih Alagoz, Gürkan Gür

Date:                  September, 2013