EEL6591 Wireless Networks

EEL6591 Wireless Networks

Last Taught: Spring 2020

Course Description

Design and analysis of wireless networks including channel characteristics, physical layer, cellular concepts, multiple access control protocols, FEC and ARQ protocols, resource allocation, and wireless standards.

Course Objective

By the end of this course, students will know the basic operation and design of a wireless system, specifically, the key features of the 5th Generation (5G) mobile networks. The students will gain insight into the key areas of research that will define this new system technology paving the path towards future research and development. Students will learn how wireless networks are designed, how to do wireless network simulations, and how to critically evaluate recent research papers. (3 credits)


EEL 5718 and basic knowledge of probability and statistics.


(Many of these books are on electronic reserve, and can be accessed within Canvas (Course Reserves menu link))

Required Textbook:

Fundamentals of 5G Mobile Networks, edited by Jonathan Rodriguez, Wiley, June 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1118867525 ISBN-10: 1118867521
Also included in required reading: Selected research papers about the latest technologies

Reference (Optional) Textbooks
  • Principles of Wireless Access and Localization by K. Pahlavan and P. Krishnamurthy, Wiley, November 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0470697085 ISBN-10: 0470697083
  • Wireless Communications and Networks, W. Stallings, Prentice-Hall, 2002. ISBN 0-13-040864-6
  • For background in computer communications: Alberto Leon-Garcia, Communication Networks, McGraw-Hill, 2nd ed., 2003. “ISBN-10” 007246352X (“ISBN-13”9780072463521 )

Computer requirements

  • Access to a networked computer is needed for the simulation project and some homework problems (e.g., MatLab, C/C++, ns-2)
  • If you need remote access to the ECE computer lab, you must create an account. More information is available on the ECE IT Resources page. Contact instructor for more info.

Lecture Topics

  • TDMA Cellular Systems (2G)
  • Cellular Netwrk Grids
  • Frequency Reuse, Path Loss, and SIR
  • Network Capacity and Traffic Load
  • Mobility Mangement
  • OFDM Cellular Systems (4G)
  • 5G Cellular Systems
  • Cognitive Networks
  • Multi-tier Architectures
  • Software-Defined Networks


Grades are based on the following:

Participation (in class and in group) 10%
Homework 10%
Midterm Exam 30%
Paper Review Report 20%
Demos 20%
Final Project Report 10%

There is not a laboratory section for this course.


Productive participation in the class and in the project group is necessary the course. In class (even online), students are expected to read the reading assignment before-hand and to come prepared to discuss and comment. Occasionally, there may be a reading quiz in class. Students are also expected to attend the meetings of their project groups; respond in a timely manner to gatorlink emails and the groups decided mode of communication; equally participate in group projects and presentations (proposal, paper review and demo); and to complete the tasks necessary for a successful project.


The homework will be based on theory and examples from the textbook, and examples from the instructor’s class notes,

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam will be a qualitative and quatitative exam that covers the material in the first half of the course schedule.

Paper Review Report

The review report is a schoarly analysis of a research paper. A list of possible papers will be given in Canvas.


Each person in a group is expected to demo some aspect of the group’s Internet of Things system.

Final Written Report

The final written report is a summary of the project, including any necessary changes made and challenges/successes.

Online Policy

Online Course Recording
Our class sessions may be audio visually recorded for students in the class to refer back and for enrolled students who are unable to attend live. Students who participate with their camera engaged or utilize a profile image are agreeing to have their video or image recorded. If you are unwilling to consent to have your profile or video image recorded, be sure to keep your camera off and do not use a profile image. Likewise, students who un-mute during class and participate orally are agreeing to have their voices recorded. If you are not willing to consent to have your voice recorded during class, you will need to keep your mute button activated and communicate exclusively using the “chat” feature, which allows students to type questions and comments live.