CSCI 565 - Wireless Networks & Mobile Computing (Fall 2012)

T.T. 8:00am-9:15am
Gaines Hall 148

Dr. Qing Yang (
360 EPS, Montana State University, MT 59717
Office Hour: Tue.Wed.Thu. 11:00am-12:00pm, Tel: 406-994-3547

Dr. Richard Wolf (
509 Cobleigh Hall, Montana State University, MT 59717
Office Hour: Mon. 3:00PM-4:00PM, Thu. 2:00-3:00PM Tel: 406-994-7172
Course Webpage:

Course Information

In this graduate class, students are expected to understand the fundamentals and research trends of wireless networks and mobile computing. To achieve this goal, we will address topics including but not limited to, radio propagation, multiple radio access, mobile communication system, ad hoc networks, vehicular networks, sensor networks, wireless LAN, and cognitive radio. Students will be expected to lead discussions in classes on several topics. Each student is also expected to do a project including a written report and an in-class presentation on a topic agreed with the instructors. You will be expected to collaborate with other students toward the completion of the research project related to wireless networks and mobile computing. The results from projects will be written in technical reports according to the IEEE Transaction format. Based on the novelty and technical contribution of each report, the instructors will suggest an appropriate conference or journal to students to submit their works.


CSCI 466 or (EELE 445 and EELE 447)

Course Objectives

Students who have completed this course should be capable of doing the following:


Introduction to Wireless and Mobile Systems, 3rd Edition, Dharma P. Agrawal and Qing-An Zeng, ISBN-10: 1439062056, ISBN-13: 9781439062050

Reading List

This course is a combination of lectures and students' presentations. Students will be divided into groups and each group will lead one class discussion. Students' presentations will be graded via peer review, i.e. evaluated by other students who are not presenting in the classroom.

Selected research papers on wireless network & mobile computing, and presentation schedule are listed as follows:



Exams: Exam1, Exam2, Exam3 (NO FINAL EXAM)
Exams will be closed book, closed notes. Questions will be derived from lectures, assignments, and the material taught/discussed in class. Question format will be mixed.

Homework: Home1, Home2, Home3
These activities will be take-home in nature and designed to reinforce concepts taught in class. An electronic copy must be submitted through the D2L system.

Students' in-class presentations will be graded via peer review,
and the evaluation criteria for the presentation are as follows:

Students will be divided into groups and each group will perform a research project on wireless networks and mobile computing. Students need to start looking for potential research topics from the third week or earlier and discuss with instuctors about their choices. Each group will write a short proposal (>= 3 pages) describing their intended research work. The research proposal should be submitted via D2L by Oct 26th, 2012. The proposal should include a brief literature survey on the topic chosen, a clear statement of the problem to be solved, and a description of proposed solution. The proposal is then extended to a final report (>= 6 pages) with details about the solution, experiment setup, experimental data, result analysis, discussions and conclusions. Final report should be submitted via D2L by Nov 27th, 2012. Proposal and final report should be prepared by LATEX according to the IEEE Transaction format (2-column).


Class attendance is mandatory. This is a graduate class, so students will have to actively participate in class. It is believed that if you miss many classes (more than 6), there is a strong likelihood that you will not pass the class. Please notify me in advance if you will attend conferences, research meetings, or something alike...


A [93-100], A- [90-93], B+ [87-90], B [83-87], B- [80-83], C+ [77-80], C [73-77], C- [70-73], D+ [67-70], D [63-67], D- [60-63], F [0-60]

Due Dates

Homework and project reports will be submitted through D2L. The deadline will always be 11:55 pm on the due date. Late assignments will receive a grade of zero (0). Deadlines will be made as generous as possible to a priori take into account illness, other courses, and nearly all conceivable excuses. If you have a documented illness preventing you from completing your assignments, you may submit all of your partial work and request an extension by sending email to Dr. Qing Yang. Extension is not automatic.

Special Accommodations

A student in need of special accommodations must bring that need to my attention within the first two weeks of class. The need must be properly documented.