Wireless sensor networks/ Wireless Mobile Networks

Course Aim.

The goal of the course is that the student should acquire wide knowledge within the area of communications in wireless sensor networks, as well as deep knowledge within a selected topic and practical skills of development of communication protocols for low-power communications. The course covers aspects from the physical up to the application layer as well as selected aspects of communication security an ethics.

Knowledge and understanding

The student should have the skills and knowledge to:

 With broad expertise in the field of mobile wireless networks, understand the context at system level, and apply knowledge in mathematics and science for specific issues. This is shown through:

  ·         Presenting concepts for modern techniques of short range radio transmission technologies on the physical layer;

·         Presenting performance parameters of wireless sensor hardware available on the market;

·         Presenting major representatives of MAC protocols for wireless sensor networks;

·         Presenting concepts and the available solutions to in-network processing

·         Presenting problems of transport layer protocol over multihop wireless sensor networks and present the existing solutions.

Skills and abilities

The student should have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Model, simulate, predict and assess the performance of communications over wireless sensor networks. This is demonstrated by performing and presenting practical home assignments as well as the mini project.

Ability to assess and viewpoint

  The student should be able to:

  • Identify his/her need for further knowledge and to continuously develop his/her competence. This is shown through presentation of an assigned task that includes identification of further work.

Course Contents.

WSN courses include:

  • Wireless communication fundamentals
  • Radio communication standards for sensor/mobile networks
  • Architecture of wireless sensor/mobile networks (Node structure, types, network topologies)
  • Operating systems for wireless sensor/mobile networks
  • Network supported process measurements
  • MAC protocols for sensor/mobile networks
  • Routing protocols for sensor/mobile networks
  • Transport protocols for sensor/mobile networks

Green WSN is studied according to two orientations:

  • Greening WSN in minimizing the amount of energy required to actually operate these networks, in minimizing the number of required sensors that needed to cover specific area, in using a true battery-free devices, by utilizing energy harvesting devices that can utilize energy harvested directly from the environment; e.g. light, motion, and vibration, in minimizing the radio waves,…
  • Greening applications by using WSN, or monitoring environment by using WSN.

 Module 1: (Lecture: 8h) WSN fundamentals

Module 2: (Lecture: 8h ) WSN protocols and architectures

Module 3: (Lecture: 8h) Developing green WSN applications

Examination: Oral/written examination covering module 1-3

24h lectures; 24h labs, 80h practical assignments, 65h self-study, 5h exam. Total: 200h