2016 Advanced Topics in Mobile Communications

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Graduate major in Information and Communications Engineering
Fukawa Kazuhiko 
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Mon1-2(S323)  Thr1-2(S323)  
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Course description and aims

After reviewing mobile communications, the lecture details and considers several techniques from the viewpoint of frequency efficiency. First, channel models of radio wave propagations, and theories and implementations of signal transmission are described. Next, recent research topics such as adaptive signal processing, CDMA, OFDM, and MIMO are explained besides wireless networks and services for mobile communications.
By explaining fundamentals of transmission techniques as the physical layer of the cellular system, the lecture aims to make students deeply understand overall mobile communication systems, which ranges from the physical layer to networks and application layers such as services.

Student learning outcomes

Mobile communications have played an important role in largely expanded communication networks. Major aims of this lecture are as follows:
1) To be able to understand the whole system of mobile communications.
2) To be able to comprehend details of important techniques, especially digital transmission techniques for mobile communications.
3) To be able to trace future trends of mobile communications.


Mobile Communications, Cellular System, Radio Propagation, Noise and Interference, Digital Modulation, Diversity, Adaptive Equalization, MIMO, Multiple Access, Wireless Networks

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Every class is based on documents that are distributed before its start.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Fundamentals of Mobile Communications Learn fundamentals of mobile communications.
Class 2 Mobile Communication Systems Learn several mobile communication systems.
Class 3 Characteristics of Wireless Channels Understand characteristics of wireless channels.
Class 4 Impulse Responses of Wireless Channels Understand impulse responses of wireless channels.
Class 5 Noise and Interference Learn noise and interference that are encountered in mobile communications.
Class 6 Analog and Digital Transmission Understand differences between analog and digital Transmission techniques.
Class 7 Digital Modulation and Demodulation techniques Learn digital modulation and demodulation techniques.
Class 8 Narrow Band Digital Modulation and Diversity Techniques Learn narrow band digital modulation and diversity techniques.
Class 9 Cell Designs Learn cell designs.
Class 10 Fundamentals of Spread Spectrum Schemes Understand principles of spread spectrum schemes
Class 11 OFDM Transmission Technologies Understand principles of OFDM transmission technologies.
Class 12 MIMO Technologies Understand principles of MIMO technologies.
Class 13 History of Wireless Networks Learn a history of wireless networks.
Class 14 Services for Mobile Communications Learn several services for mobile communications.
Class 15 Fundamentals of Next Generation Mobile Communications Learn fundamentals of next generation mobile communications.


Any text books are not specified. Documents for the classes are distributed.

Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

Marks are based on a terminal exam.

Related courses

  • ZUS.M303 : Digital Communications
  • ZUS.C301 : Signal Processing
  • ICT.S407 : Wireless Signal Processing

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

To complete the lecture "Digital Communications" is recommended.

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