EEL 6597 Wireless Network Architectures and Protocols


Richard D. Gitlin, Sc.D.
State of Florida 21st Century World Class Scholar
Member, National Academy of Engineering
Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering

Course Objectives

The world is experiencing an explosion in the development and deployment of new wireless systems, including packet-based mobile telephony, the ubiquitous "WiFi" networks, the emerging 4G WiMAX and LTE wireless broadband access networks, and the current research areas of mesh, sensor, and ad-hoc networks. The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of the unifying networking technologies that enable these emerging wireless systems, including packet networking (e.g. IP networking). With this goal in mind, this course emphasizes the foundation technologies needed to understand and design contemporary wireless networks.

Topics Include

  • Introduction to Wireless Networking, Wireless Communications.
  • TDMA, CDMA, and OFDMA based networks.
  • Wireless Application Models, Protocols, and Performance Issues.
  • Network design, Traffic Engineering, Mobility Management.
  • Packet Networking, Queuing Theory, QoS, IP Networking.
  • Multiple Access Protocols and Media Service Models (Aloha, Ethernet).
  • Wireless LANs (Wi-Fi).
  • Ad-Hoc, Mesh, and Self-Organizing Networks (Sensor, MANET).
  • Prerequisite (recommended)

    EEL 6593 Mobile and Personal Communications or the consent of the instructor.


    The course can form a sequence with EEL 6534 Digital Communications