ECE 6604 - Personal & Mobile Communications

Course information

ECE 6604 Personal and Mobile Communication is a graduate-level class that introduces the fun- damentals of communication over wireless channels. The past decade has seen the deployment of wireless systems in all aspects of our lifes, from cellular phones to WiFi networks. The class focuses on the opportunities and challenges presented by the physical layer of wireless channels (Layer 1 of the OSI model). Topics covered in this class include the statistical modeling of wireless channels, the use of diversity, the fundamental limits of communication over wireless channels, and multiple-input multiple-ouput systems. The objectives of the course are

• to understand the specific characteristics of wireless channels;
• to understand the fundamental design principles behind wireless systems. 


As for any digital communication class, a good understanding of probability theory (ECE 3075 or equivalent) is required. A background in digital communications (ECE 6602), signal processing, coding theory (ECE 6606) or information theory (ECE 6605) is also helpful, although it is not a prerequisite. Relevant background will be revised throughout the course. 



Course schedule

Tuesday 12:30pm-2pm, Thursday 11am-12:30pm

Location: Yellow room

Office hours

Thursday 12:30pm-1:45pm


  • Participation: 1%
  • Homeworks: 19%
  • Midterm 1: 20%
  • Midterm 2: 20%
  • Final: 40%