CIS5930 (CNT5529) Wireless Networking Spring 2016

Course Description

Wireless technologies, e.g., cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, have become an inseparable part of people’s everyday life. This course is intended to cover a wide spectrum of topics on wireless networks, including the physical layer, the medium access control layer, and the network layer. It is designed mainly for graduate students in the computer science major who are interested in exploring this exciting field.


This course will start with the physical layer which includes signal propagation models, modulation/demodulation techniques such as BPSK, CDMA, and OFDM, and error correction codes. The focus will be on understanding, implementing, and experimenting with the physical layer to build a solid foundation for the study of the upper layers. After gaining knowledge of the physical layer, the typical wireless network protocols, e.g., cellular phone networks, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, will be discussed and analyzed in detail. Emerging technologies such as wireless mesh networks and wireless sensor networks, will also be discussed. More details about this course can be found in the syllabus from the link at the bottom of this page.


The highlights of this course are:

1.      Real time experiments and demonstrations, such as the captured wireless waveform in the air, will be made during the lectures with our Software Defined Radios which allow wireless communications to be implemented in software.

2.      There will be multiple course projects which process real-world wireless data, including the captured wireless waveforms, captured medium usage traces, etc. The data will be given in plain text format and you can use any language at your choice to process it.

3.      Students will gain deep practical understanding of wireless communications and networking. For example, one project will be implementing a software Wi-Fi signal decoder, which converts the raw signal waveform into packet data.




Course Info



Class time and location:

·         Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM, LOV 103




·         Here