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Ph.D. Level Courses

Fundamentals of Wireless Communications


This course will give an introduction to fundamental aspects of wireless communications: diversity, fading channels, capacity of wireless links, multiple antennas (MIMO), and multiuser systems.


Prof. Prof. Erik G. Larsson, ISY/Communication Systems


The course is open to students enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Linköping University. External participants upon request. If you have interest to participate, please register by sending an email to the instructor, by Aug. 8th, 2008.


Good knowledge of linear algebra, probability, and stochastic processes. General mathematical maturity. A basic course in digital and/or wireless communications is desirable.

Course outline and organization

We will cover chapters 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 in the TV textbook (in various level of detail) and some additional material on space-time block coding. Students are expected to read chapters 1, 2 and 4 on their own as a preparation for the course.


Main textbook: Reference books:
  • A. Goldsmith, Wireless communications, Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • R. Gallager, Principles of digital communication, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • E. Larsson and P. Stoica, Space-time block coding for wireless communications, Cambridge University Press, 2003.
  • Course notes and supplementary material handed out during the course and/or available from this webpage


Two versions (5 and 10 ECTS/hp) will be given. The contents is the same but examination requirements are different.


  • 5 ECTS version:
    • Active seminar participation.
    • Solve 40% of homework problems. (40% per presentation session, for all parts of the course.)
    • Oral exam, when necessary.
  • 10 ECTS version:
    • Active seminar participation
    • Presentation of homework solutions (present one or more problem per homework seminar).
    • Solve 75% of homework problems. (75% per presentation session, for all parts of the course.)
    • Oral exam, when necessary.
Homework to be solved and submitted individually. Deadlines to be strictly observed.

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