CSEN 1056

4 lecture hours

5  ECTS credits

Modern Communication Networks


  • The market for wireless networks has witnessed an incredible revolution in the last decade. The number of wireless devices worldwide continues to increase at an enormous rate. In addition, applications of wireless networks are getting increasingly versatile, sophisticated, and ubiquitous. The spread of cloud resources and big data centres, together with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), promise to provide wireless users with unprecedented services and opportunities. Thus, modern and future wireless networks are expected to incorporate different aspects of intelligence in order to maximize quality of user experience. This course provides a wide overview of modern wireless networks. The course will cover aspects that improve networking functionality to others that directly address user experience. In order to explore the depths of these advanced topics, the course will start with a brief review of basic networking concepts. Then, an introduction to the different types of networks and their basic features and challenges will be discussed. This will include infrastructure-based networks, such as cellular networks, and infrastructure-less networks, such as wireless sensor networks and vehicular ad hoc networks. Afterwards, the course will discuss different methodologies in achieving intelligence in wireless networks. Examples include cross-layer design and context-awareness in mobile networks. Then, the course will move on to discuss state of the art networking concepts such as cloud computing and virtualization, the Internet of Things, and software-defined networking The primary objective of this course is to provide the students with an up to date overview of research in wireless networks. Thus, focus will be given to most recent advances in the wireless networking field. The secondary objective of this course is to empower the students with tools of conducting research and thoroughly surveying a particular topic in order to identify challenges and open research areas. To accomplish this task, the teaching style of this course will be research-based. Most of the weight of the final grade will be given to research reports written by the students. Thus, students will be given the chance to focus on their own interests in each topic and conduct independent research.

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