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Ph.D. Level Courses

Fundamentals of Wireless Communications

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This course will give an introduction to fundamental aspects of wireless communications. Topics to be covered:

  • AWGN and fading point-to-point channels: diversity, capacity, resource allocation
  • Multiuser systems: multiuser diversity, capacity regions, transmission strategies, multiple-access channels, broadcast channels, interference channels
  • Basic MIMO channel modeling
  • Point-to-point MIMO: capacity, transmission strategies, detection
  • Multiuser MIMO: capacity regions
  • Massive (multiuser) MIMO: basic results


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 Nov. 29, 2013.


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

I plan to cover
  1. most of chapters 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 in the TV textbook,
  2. some additional material on space-time block coding, using the LS book
  3. some post-2005 results on multiuser MIMO capacity, from research manuscripts
  4. some basic results on massive (multiuser) MIMO, from research manuscripts
Students are expected to read TV-chapters 1, 2 and 4 on their own as a preparation for the course.


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


Nominally 12 ECTS, for the full course. A light version of the examination (less credits) can be offered on request.


  • Active seminar participation
  • Presentation of homework solutions (present one or more problem per homework seminar).
  • Correctly solve 80% of the homework problems. (80% per presentation session, for all parts of the course.)
  • Oral or written exam, if necessary.
Homework to be solved and submitted individually. Deadlines to be strictly observed.

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