Special Topics: Wireless Networks

CSCI-UA.0480-004 13391, Spring 2013
Prereq: CSCI-UA.0201 or permission from the Department 
Professor Ted Rappaport
Tuesdays, Thursdays - 9.30 AM - 10.45 AM
Room: CIWW 101 

Prof. Rappaport's office hours (NYU): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am – noon, at 715 Broadway, Room 702; New York, New York 10003 

Help Sessions(NYU-Poly): Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm , at 2 MetroTech Center, 9th Fl, Room 9.103, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Wireless Networks course grader/TA and contact information

For all inquires regarding the homework grading, please contact the course grader, Junhong Zhang, a PhD student in wireless engineering at NYU WIRELESS.

Junhong Zhang’s Emailjz1301@students.poly.edu.

Junhong Zhang’s Office Hours:  Mondays 6 - 8pm, Thursdays 6 - 8 PM at Warren Weaver Hall, room 412



Please print the final presentation evaluation form and bring it to class on May 9, 2013 to evaluate your classmates.

Evaluation form download

Posted on May 7, 2013  

Additional helpful review material, wireless engineering for CS majors.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013  

Link to notes

Notes from Prof. Rappaport titled "Electrical Engineering in 2 weeks".

Posted on feb 20, 2013  

Link to notes

Important course deadlines


February 28, 2013

Before class

Draft of preproposal

Draft should be up to 5 pages in length


March 7, 2013

Before class


Document should be

6 -12 pages in IEEE format


March 26, 2013

By 9pm EST

Powerpoint sides of proposal

Email slides to alim@poly.edu

March 28, 2013

By 8am EST

Hardcopy of proposal

Document should be 15 - 20 pages well

written report in IEEE format.Please email

PDF document to alim@poly.edu

May 7, 2013

By 11:59 PM EST

Powerpoint slides of final report

Email slides to alim@poly.edu 

May 9, 2013

By 8am EST

Hardcopy of Final research report

Document should be 25 - 45 pages well written report in IEEE format. Please email PDF document to alim@poly.edu 



Assignment 1: Assigned 01/29/13 ; Due 2/05/13 

Obtain and Read the following two papers: 

[1] "The Wireless Revolution" by T.S. Rappaport, IEEE Communications Magazine,1991.

[2] "State of the art in 60 Ghz circuits and systems for wireless communications,"by TS Rappaport, et al, iEEE Proceedings, 2011.

Write a (5) page (minimum) typed report in IEEE conference paper Format that compares and contrasts these 2 journal papers and the assigned textbook reading. Then, identify at least two areas of research from the textbook and two papers that are of Particular interest to you, and find some outside references that you can rely on to learn more about your areas of interest. Use proper IEEE citation formatting in your report.

Assignment 2: Assigned 2/05/13; Due 2/19/13

Part 1: Write a 5 page paper, in IEEE conference paper format, about the topics of either Spatial Division Multiple Access (SDMA) or Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA). The choice is yours. All systems are going to play a vital role in the future of wireless communications. Your paper should be written as a tutorial, like my textbook, that clearly explains the fundamentals, and gives at least two numerical examples (like my textbook), that an incoming graduate student could read to understand. Be sure to give proper citations to other references and materials that you use to create your paper. Your work must be original.

Part 2:  Create three (3) original homework problems, complete with solutions, that could be used to help a student understand the key concepts of your paper. Pretend you are the teacher – your homework problems should help others use the mathematics involved in the multiple access technique you discussed, and should allow the student to gain insight into tradeoffs or particular attributes of the multiple access method.

Assignment 3: Assigned 2/19/13; Due 2/26/13

Part 1: Prove from first principles that (B.4), (B.7) and (B.8) are correct.

Part 2: Work HW Problems from the textbook and do your own work, not relying on others or the web: 3.16, 3.17, 3.23 (assume noise figure of the receiver is F= 10 dB), 3.24

Part 3: Explain briefly how trunking theory applies to cdma-2000 or IS-95 cellular systems. (Hint: "codes" may be like "channels").  

Assignment 4: Assigned 2/26/13; Due 3/14/13

Part 1: Derive equations (4.54), (4.55) and (4.56). 

Part 2: Write a Matlab program that reproduces, with exact likeness, the graphic of Figure 3.6 in the textbook (this is based on equation 3.16 for varying values of C). You will learn Matlab and how to create a complex graphical figure. Please provide your final graphic that is identical to Figure 3.6 and include all documented source code. Matlab is available free to all NYU students, and is a very powerful, useful tool to know how to use.

Assignment 5: Assigned 3/14/13; Due 4/2/13

Work on the following problems from the textbook, doing your own work without help from others or the web: 4.11; 4.12; 4.13; 4.19.

Assignment 6: Assigned 4/2/13; Due 4/16/13

Homework problems: 4.22; 4.28; 4.29; 4.30. Please read the paper and start early.

Assignment 7: Assigned 4/16/13; Due 5/2/13

Homework Problems: 4.31 and 4.32(you don't have to do part c). Include a hard copy of all of your software, scripts, with comments, and be sure to label all graphs. Demonstrate “sanity checks” to ensure your work is accurate.

Quiz and Homework Solutions

Quiz 1 solutions

Quiz 2 solutions

Quiz 3 solutions

Quiz 4 solutions

Quiz 5 solutions

Quiz 6 solutions

Quiz 7 solutions

Homework 3 solutions

Homework 4 solutions

Part 2 Matlab solutions for Homework 4

Homework 5 solutions

      Matlab solution 


Homework 6 solutions

Class Information

The course introduces underlying principles of wireless communications and practical systems. Topics: Science and technology including radio signal propagation, interference-limited communications, multiple access, radio resources management and mobility management. Building blocks of wireless networks. Essential functions of cellular telephone systems and wireless local area networks. Details of the most important technologies including GSM, CDMA, wideband CDMA and WiFi (IEEE802.11).

Instructor Information

Instructor: Dr. Theodore (Ted) S.Rappaport, Lee/Weber Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NYU-Poly, and Prof. of Computer Science, Courant, NYU

Office Location:715 Broadway, Room 702;New York, New York 10003
Office Hours (NYU): Tuesdays and Thursdays,  11am – noon, at 715 Broadway

Required Text

Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition
Theodore S. Rappaport
Prentice Hall, 2002
ISBN 9780130422323


Homework will be assigned and graded. Homework is due at the beginning of class. Your grade will be determined by homework and several quizzes to be given at the beginning of class. Quizzes shall be announced ahead of time, and shall follow the homework examples in the text and lecture..

  • Homework............................... 15%
  • Quizzes .................................. 35%
  • Written Project Proposal ............ 10%
  • Final Oral Project Presentation .... 10%
  • Final Written Project Report ....... 30% 

Honor Policy

Faculty in the ECE Department are committed to detecting and responding to all instances of scholastic dishonesty and will pursue cases of scholastic dishonesty in accordance with university policy. Scholastic dishonesty, in all its forms, is a blight on our entire academic community. All parties in our community -- faculty, staff, and students -- are responsible for creating an environment that educates outstanding engineers, and this goal entails excellence in technical skills, self-giving citizenry, and ethical integrity. Industry wants engineers who are competent and fully trustworthy, and both qualities must be developed day by day throughout an entire lifetime. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, or any act designed to give an unfair academic advantage to the student. Penalties for scholastic dishonesty are severe and can include, but are not limited to, a written reprimand, a zero on the assignment/exam, re-taking the exam in question, an F in the course, or expulsion from the University. Please do not jeopardize your career by an act of scholastic dishonesty. 

Course Projects


final Course project with written report and presentation is a core part of this class, as you learn and teach others.

Students will submit written draft of pre-proposals up to five pages of their intended research interests by February 28, 2013 at the beginning of class. This draft should include a detailed bibliography that identifies key technical journals, web sites, or standard bodies that are of interest to you for your project, and should include a detailed description of a few potential topics.

Research topics should consist of a student's favorite area and may include the following suggested topics:

  • MIMO
  • Heterogeneous networks (HetNets)
  • Wireless Network Control
  • 4G Cellular
  • 5G Cellular
  • The future of WiFi
  • Zigbee and other Personal area networks
  • Traffic Analysis for 4G
  • SDMA
  • Smart Antennas
  • OFDM Modulation
  • Emerging Wireless Standards
  • LTE
  • Personal Area Networks
  • Software Defined Radios
  • Broadcast Channels and Information Theory
  • Cooperative Networking
  • Other wireless topics that interest you



Course Project PreProposals. Due March 7, 2013 at the beginning of class (and email them to me in PDF form by this deadline, as well). Project PreProposal Requirements: 6 to 12 written pages in IEEE format, including figures and references, on a focused topic of interest.  Preproposal must include:

An extensive literature review/reference search of your topic of interest (30%) that supports your preproposal;

A clearly written preproposal that articulately identifies the current state of the art, key results, recent accomplishments and leadership/trends within your topic of interest (30%)

A clearly written justification for your proposed topic of study for the final project, including one or two key ideas that are carefully spelled out and defended, based on a, and b, above, and which clearly motivate what specific areas you wish to pursue for a final project, based on your findings. Your proposed topic of study should include a work plan and estimated final outcomes (40%)

Your preproposals should be professionally prepared, typed, formatted in a professional, appealing way, and should be prepare with proper grammar, punctuation, spelling. References should be cited using standard IEEE or technical publishing rules. Your proposal should clearly state why the topic is of interest to you and to the class, and what value will come from your proposed study.

We will then discuss, one on one, your preproposal during office hours(Tuesdays, Thursdays 11am- noon),  and you will then lock in to your project subject by the next class.


Proposals are due on March 28, 2013  at the beginning of class. The written proposal shall be a 15 - 20 page well written document in IEEE format, including figures and a complete bibliography and literature search, demonstrating the student's current knowledge and area of interest for the final project. Project Proposals shall be presented in five-minute intervals during the March 28, 2013  class. Student will give a 5-minute presentation on their proposals in class.

Proposals must be no more than 30 pages but must show a clear theme of research, including initial observations, a thorough literature search, carefully documenting cited works and a clear understanding of ideas presented in your pre-proposal.   

Proposal PowerPoint presentations must be emailed to alim@poly.edu by March 26, 2013 on or before 9P.M. . 

Proposals due on March 28, 2013 should be submitted by hardcopy before class and emailed by pdf to alim@poly.edu.

Final Projects 

The final project will double from your proposal and include a 25-45-page well written research paper in IEEE format and a 12-minute oral presentation to be given during the last week of class, May 09, 2013. This should be of suitable quality for publication in a magazine or journal.

Proposal PowerPoint presentations must be emailed to alim@poly.edu by May 07, 2013 on or before 11:59 P.M.. 

Final reports due on May 09, 2013 should be submitted by hardcopy before class and emailed by pdf to alim@poly.edu.

Students are invited to meet with me to discuss research topics, references, and cutting edge trends in wireless communications throughout the semester. 

Lecture Schedule

DateTopicReading AssignmentsImportant Events in Class
1/29 Introduction to Wireless Communications Ch. 1, pp. 1-21, Appendix B  
1/31 3G Standards - World Development, Multiple Access Techniques Ch. 2, pp. 25-40, Ch. 9  
2/05 Evolution of Wireless Broadband Ch. 2, pp. 40-54, Ch. 9 Assignment 1 due
2/07 The Cellular Concept, Cellular System Design Fundamentals Ch. 3, pp. 57-77, Appendix B  
2/12 Historical Movie empire of the air    
2/14 Historical Movie empire of the air   Last day to drop courses and not receive a grade of "W"
2/19 The Cellular Concept, Cellular System Design Fundamentals Ch. 3, pp. 57-96, Appendix B Assignment 2 due
2/21 Trunking, GOS, Cell-Splitting, SIR Ch. 3, pp. 77-96, Appendix A Last day to drop courses and not receive a grade of "W"
2/26 Antennas, Propagation, Fundamentals Ch. 4, pp. 105-114

Assignment 3 due 



2/28 2-Ray Ground Reflection Ch. 4, pp. 120-125 

Draft of preproposal due. 

Interesting paper - A Simulation of Cellular System Growth...

3/05 2-Ray Ground Reflection Ch. 4, pp. 120-125 





3/07 2-Ray Ground Reflection Ch. 4, pp. 120-125 

Research Preproposals Due before class(Hard Copy)



3/12 2-Ray Ground Reflection Ch. 4, pp. 120-125 



3/14 Diffraction Ch. 4, pp. 126-135, Appendix F 


Assignment 4 due

3/19 Spring Break   


3/21 Spring Break   



3/26 Diffraction Ch. 4, pp. 126-135, Appendix F 

Powerpoint slides of proposals are due(send to alim@poly.edu)


3/28 Diffraction Ch. 4, pp. 126-135, Appendix F 

Written Proposals Due at the beginning of class

Brief presentation of proposals

4/02 Diffraction Ch. 4, pp. 126-135, Appendix F 

Assignment 5 due

Clarke and Gans Fading Model Papers
Smith's Multipath Fading Simulation

4/04 Link Budget, Log-Normal Shadowing Ch. 4, pp. 138-144, Appendix F


Clarke and Gans Fading Model Papers
Smith's Multipath Fading Simulation

4/9 Link Budget, Log-Normal Shadowing Ch. 4, pp. 138-144, Appendix F  
4/11 Link Budget, Log-Normal Shadowing Ch. 4, pp. 138-144, Appendix F



4/16 Link Budget, Log-Normal Shadowing Ch. 4, pp. 138-144, Appendix F Assignment 6 due
4/18 Outdoor Path Loss, Hata Model, Log-Normal Shadowing, Indoor Path Loss  Ch. 4, pp. 145-167, Appendix F Useful random number generator paper
4/23 Outdoor Path Loss, Hata Model, Log-Normal Shadowing, Indoor Path Loss  Ch. 4, pp. 145-167, Appendix F


Fading Channel Issues in System Engineering

4/25 Outdoor Path Loss, Hata Model, Log-Normal Shadowing, Indoor Path Loss  Ch. 4, pp. 145-167, Appendix F


Fading Channel Issues in System Engineering

4/30 Outdoor Path Loss, Hata Model, Log-Normal Shadowing, Indoor Path Loss  Ch. 4, pp. 145-167, Appendix F  
5/02 Class field trip to AT&T   Assignment 7 due 

Practice day for final presentations




Final research presentations are due (email presentations to alim@poly.edu by 11:59 P.M)


Final research presentations and project reports are due

Submit all written reports to alim@poly.edu via email  by 8 A.M

  Each presentation should be 10-12 minutes long 

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