2018 Wireless Communication Engineering

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Graduate major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Sakaguchi Kei 
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Mon7-8(S223)  Thr7-8(S223)  
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Course description and aims

This course enables students to have basic techniques to design wireless communication systems such as wireless LANs and cellular systems as in our daily lives. By picking up IEEE802.11a as a representative of modern wireless communication system, the course gives details about technologies used in the system such as interference management, diversity combining, and multiplexing. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand the design concept, transceiver architecture, role of components, and specifications of IEEE802.11a wireless LAN.
In the class, advanced knowledge on channel propagation, modulation/demodulation, diversity combining, error correction coding, adaptive modulation coding, adaptive equalizer, spread spectrum, orthogonal frequency multiplexing, array signal processing, and MIMO multiplexing are lectured and all of them are mandatory technologies for modern wireless communication systems.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Design link budget of wireless communication systems at given environments.
2) Understand transceiver architecture and its specifications of modern wireless LANs and cellular systems.
3) Describe wireless communication systems mathematically by utilizing Fourier transform and applied probability and statistics
4) Understand general technologies for interference, channel fading, and multiplexing used in modern wireless communication systems.


wireless communication system, system model, modulation/demodulation, channel fading, diversity combining, error correction coding, adaptive modulation coding, adaptive equalizer, spread spectrum, orthogonal frequency division multiplexing, array signal processing, MIMO spatial multiplexing

Competencies that will be developed

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

Toward the end of class, demonstration using MATLAB is given to understand the contents intuitively.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to wireless communication systems Understand Chap.1 and 7 of textbook.
Class 2 Link budget design of wireless access Understand Chap. 2 and 5 of textbook.
Class 3 Up/down conversion and equivalent baseband system Application of signal systems and Fourier Transformation.
Class 4 Digital modulation and pulse shaping Understand Sect. 3.3 and 3.4 of textbook.
Class 5 Matched filter and demodulation Understand Sect. 3.5 of textbook.
Class 6 Detection and error due to noise Understand Sect. 3.5 of textbook.
Class 7 Channel fading and diversity combining Understand Sect. 4.4 of textbook.
Class 8 Test level of understanding with exercise problems Test level of understanding and self-evaluate achievement for classes 1-7.
Class 9 Error correction coding Understand Sect. 4.6 of textbook.
Class 10 Adaptive modulation coding Application of digital modulation and error correction coding.
Class 11 Inter symbol interference and adaptive equalizer Understand Sect. 4.3 of textbook.
Class 12 Spread Spectrum Understand Sect. 3.6 and 4.5 of textbook.
Class 13 Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) Understand Sect. 3.7 of textbook.
Class 14 Array signal processing Application of matched filter to array signal processing
Class 15 Test level of understanding with exercise problems Test level of understanding and self-evaluate achievement for classes 9-14.


H. Matsue, M. Morikura, A. Sato, K. Watanabe, "Broadband Wireless Access Technologies," IEICE, 2004. (in Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

S. Haykin, M. Moher, "Communication Systems," 5th Eds, Wiley, 2009.
S. Sampei, K. Sakaguchi, "Wireless Distributed Networks," IEICE, 2011. (in Japanese)
S. Taromaru, K. Sakaguchi, "Design Methodology of Software Defined Radio," Kagakujyoho shuppan, 2016. (in Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of link budget design, transceiver architecture and specifications, mathematical representation of wireless systems, technologies for interference, channel fading, and multiplexing for wireless communication systems will be assessed.
Final exam 50%, exercise problems 50%.

Related courses

  • EEE.M211 : Fourier Transform and Laplace Transform
  • EEE.M201 : Analysis for Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • EEE.M231 : Applied Probability and Statistical Theory
  • EEE.S341 : Communication Theory (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
  • EEE.S351 : Signal System

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

Students must have successfully completed both Communication Theory and Signal Systems or have equivalent knowledge.

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