Complex systems in wireless communications


This course gives a general presentation on the wireless technologies used in the near field, local area and metropolitan applications. We focus on the IEEE standards but we also address selected and successful ETSI technologies. Three teaching staff will contribute with the lessons divided into a near field communication domain, LAN MAN and DVB and finally simulation tools.

In the near field communication we describe the most known wireless technologies such as zigbee, Bluetooth and UWB. We show how these systems are evolving in the current industry. We describe service integration in wireless networks and discovery. This part is also enriched with some practical work in   our laboratories. The second part describes the evolution of the Wifi family and all new variants. It gives also a detailed course on security principles and protocols. It ends with the presentation of Wimax and DVB-H metropolitan techniques. This part is concluded with practical sessions and some experimentation.

The last part is dealing with simulation and emulation. We present the most used tools for wireless network simulation and we make some practical work on examples to see how these tools can optimize the network design and use these examples to demonstrate system and architecture shortcomings and problems.


  • WLAN, WPAN, WMAN, DVB-H: Introduction
  • WiFi
    •  Standards, performance, usage and applications, new evolutions
  • WiMAX, DVB-H
    • Usage and standard
  • Security
    • Basics, architectures, algorithms
  • Bluetooth
    • Standard, performance, usage and applications
  • Zigbee, UWB
    • Standards and usage
  • Service discovery in wireless Networks (jxta, UPnP,…)
  • Security in Wireless Networks: PANs, LANs and cellular
  • Wireless Networks Simulation (tools and methods)
  • Smart Grids
    • Practical on: WiFi, Security, Service Discovery


18 hour coursework


Written test.

Coordinator: Hossam Afifi,


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