Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2017/2018
Belonging course: 
Course of Master's Degree Programme on DATA AND COMMUNICATION SECURITY ENGINEERING
Location: 
Napoli
Disciplinary sector: 
ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS (ING-INF/02)
Credits: 
9
Year of study: 
1
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
First Semester
Hours of front activity: 
72

Language

Italian speech while teacher's notes are in English

Course description

This is a course that belongs to the field of applied electromagnetics (ING-INF/02 – Electromagnetic fields). The course aims at providing advanced knowledge to design and understand radio communication links, including mobile radio systems, microwave links, indoor propagation, etc.

Knowledge and understanding:
The student is expected to achieve an advanced knowledge of antennas and propagation of electromagnetic waves in a wireless noisy environment.

Applying knowledge and understanding:
The student is expected to achieve an advanced knowledge: a) in terms of designing/analyzing wireless links either for fixed or mobile stations; b) of challenges arising from the wireless channel; c) of models and techniques to improve system’s performance.

Judgement skills:
The student is expected to identify the challenges that characterize a wireless channel and to give a physical understanding of these challenges from an electromagnetic viewpoint. This is a key step to select effective methods/models to design the wireless link.

Communication skills:
The student is expected to explain the electromagnetic rationale that lies at the basis of antennas and propagation for wireless systems using a clear and effective technical language.

Learning skills:
The student is expected to achieve a self-understanding stage to update his knowledge using different sources, e.g. books and scientific papers, and to achieve a deeper knowledge of the field, being able to follow master courses within the ICT field.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites
Although there are no formal prerequisites, the basic knowledge of electromagnetic fields and propagation mechanisms is recommended:
• Maxwell’s equation and plane wave solution
• Plane waves properties
• Polarisation
• Free space propagation
• Polarization and load matching
• Reflection, refraction and diffraction
• Elements of antenna theory

Syllabus

1. Introduction and basics of electromagnetic fields (3h traditional lectures + 3h practice)
o Wireless communication systems: state of the art and future trends
o Wireless channel
o Maxwell’s equations
o Plane waves and their characteristics
o Polarisation
2. Propagation mechanisms (3h traditional lectures + 3h practice)
o Reflection and refraction
o Scattering from rough surfaces
o Geometric optic
o Diffraction
3. Reference propagation models (3h traditional lectures + 3h practice)
o Link budget
o Path loss
o Additive and multiplicative noises
o Free space path loss
o Plane Earth path loss
4. Microwave terrestrial links (4h traditional lectures + 3h practice)
o Link budget
o Path profile
o Tropospheric refraction
o Diffraction
o Clutter
5. Satellite fixed links (3h traditional lectures)
o Link budget
o Tropospheric effects
o Ionospheric effects
o Antennas
6. Macrocells (6h traditional lectures)
o Link budget
o Empirical path loss models
o Physical models for path loss prediction
o Commercial tools
7. Shadowing (6h traditional lectures + 4h practice)
o Physical basis of shadowing
o Statistical characterization
o Shadowing effects on link budget
o Correlated shadowing
8. Fading (6h traditional lectures + 4h practice)
o Physical basis of fading
o Narrow- and wide-band fading
o Statistical characterization
o Mitigation techniques
9. Micro- pico- e femto-cells (6h traditional lectures)
o Physical and empirical models
o LOS and NLOS propagation conditions
o Indoor propagation
o Propagation though tunnels
o Distributed systems
10. Antennas for mobile systems (6h traditional lectures)
o Antennas for mobile terminals
o Smart antennas
o Antennas for radio-base stations and diversity techniques
11. Homeland security cells (6h traditional lectures)
o Geotargeting
o Wireless infrastructure as source of opportunity to monitor unwanted targets
o Set up of HF radars

The course consists of 72h: 48h of traditional lectures and 24h of practice. The latter include both laboratory experiments, undertaken using the anechoic and reverberating chambers, and numerical simulations in LabView environment.

1. Introduction and basics of electromagnetic fields (3h traditional lectures + 3h practice)
2. Propagation mechanisms (3h traditional lectures + 3h practice)
3. Reference propagation models (3h traditional lectures + 3h practice)
4. Microwave terrestrial links (4h traditional lectures + 3h practice)
5. Satellite fixed links (3h traditional lectures)
6. Macrocells (6h traditional lectures)
7. Shadowing (6h traditional lectures + 4h practice)
8. Fading (6h traditional lectures + 4h practice)
9. Micro- pico- e femto-cells (6h traditional lectures)
10. Antennas for mobile systems (6h traditional lectures)
11. Homeland security (6h traditional lectures)

Teaching Methods

Traditional lecture, practice.

Textbooks

• Teacher’s notes available on the course website (www.edi.uniparthenope.it)
• Books
o S. R. Saunders, Antennas and Propagation for Wireless Communication Systems, Wiley 
o J. D. Parsons, Mobile Radio Propagation Channel, Wiley
o K. Siwiak, Radiowave Propagation and Antennas for Personal Communications, Artech House
o Online free-available tool to design a simple radio link (http://www.ve2dbe.com/rmonline.html)

Learning assessment

Examination
The examination aims at verifying the previously stated educational targets. The examination consists of two parts that take place within the same day.
• Oral exam that aims at evaluating the student’s ability to link and analyze the topics studied during the course; the minimal score to pass the test is 12/20;
• Group project where students (2-3 student per group) needs to comment and discuss selected laboratory practical experiments undertaking during the course and numerical experiments undertaken using LabView developing tool.
The final grade is the sum of the two scores. In case one of the two tests is unsatisfactory or the global grade is below 18, the student has to repeat the two tests.

More information

Teacher’s notes available on the course website (www.edi.uniparthenope.it)
Office hours:
-Wednesdays 11-13
-Fridays 11-13
However, I have an open door policy allowing students to come and ask questions anytime.