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Machine-to-Machine Communication

Code 15403
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload PL(15H)/T(30H)/TP(15H)
Scientific area Informatics, Automation and Control
Entry requirements Basic knowledge of communcation systems.
Learning outcomes The megatrends of 5G communications usage include enhanced Mobile Broadband, Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC) and massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC). This curricular unit addresses the comprehension, conception and optimization of 5G network architectures and communication protocols, with central focus in the URLLC and mMTC components, including communications from vehicles to everything (V2x). Students will understand how to design 5G New Radio people-centric networks that facilitate other industrial sectors, as medical sciences, transportation, education. Practical considerations will be complemented by aspects of deployment. A top-down approach is followed while exploring system operation, functional interconnections and interfaces, and considering the protocols stack and related block diagrams, for sub-6 GHz and millimetre wavebands.
Syllabus 1: Introduction and Background - Introduction to 5G KPIs and system requirements
2: 5G Network Architecture - C-RAN and V-RAN architectures, SDN/NFV/MEC, network slicing, reference architectures
3: New Radio Access Layer 2 and Layer 3 Aspects and System Operation - Functions and services, scheduling and RRM, multi-connectivity, and carrier aggregation
4: New Radio Access Physical Layer Aspects (Parts 1 and 2) - i) Channel models and propagation characteristics, duplex schemes, and resource allocation schemes; ii) Physical layer functions , power control, and random-access procedure
5: New Radio Access RF and Transceiver Design Considerations - Radio parameters and RF requirements, high-speed ADCs/DACs and semiconductor technologies, aspects of design
6: Internet of Things (NB-IoT and mMTC)
7: Vehicle to Everything (V2X) Communications
8: Operation in Unlicensed and Shared Spectrum - architecture, Physical layer aspects, Layer 2/3 aspects, Implementation considerations, chaps. 6, 7 & 8
Main Bibliography Ahmadi, S. (2019). 5G NR: Architecture, Technology, Implementation, and Operation of 3GPP New Radio Standards. Academic Press.
Dahlman, E., Parkvall, S., & Skold, J. (2020). 5G NR: The next generation wireless access technology. Academic Press.
Siddiqi, M. A., Yu, H., & Joung, J. (2019). 5G ultra-reliable low-latency communication implementation challenges and operational issues with IoT devices. Electronics, 8(9), 981.
Le, T. K., Salim, U., & Kaltenberger, F. (2020). An overview of physical layer design for Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications in 3GPP Releases 15, 16, and 17. IEEE Access.
5G Americas (2018). New Services & Applications with 5G Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications. 5G Americas Whitepaper.
Feng, D., Lai, L., Luo, J., Zhong, Y., Zheng, C., & Ying, K. (2021). Ultra-Reliable and Low-Latency Communications: Applications, Opportunities and Challenges. SCIENCE CHINA Information Sciences.
Wim Rouwet, Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) Systems Architecture and Design
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The theorical contact hours (2 h/week) aim at communicate theoretical concepts associated with the syllabus of the curricular unit. The theoretical-practical contact hours (1 h/week) aim at communicating practical knowledge to the students, by solving problems, research and practical works. In the laboratory (1 h/week) students will develop laboratory assignments.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-11-09

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