In this course, students will learn short-range wireless network solutions for personal and body area networks. Topics include network topologies, protocols, and industry standards for these networks such as Bluetooth, ZigBee, 802.15.3, and 802.15.4. They also include ultra low-power signal processing, RF communication near or in body networks, security provisions, and data fusion techniques. Personal and body area network scenarios and applications are also discussed. Students will have an opportunity to get first-hand experience with TinyOS-based sensornet and GNU Radio-based software radio platform.
Prerequisite and Compulsory
C, C++ and script languages for hands-on experiments, A basic knowledge of computer networks, wireless networks and operating systems
30% Midterm Exam (two)
30% Homework & Lab report
30% Two-phase project
10% Attendance & participation
(B) Body Sensor Networks (Guang-Zhong Yang, Ed.), Springer, 2006
(P) WPANs to Personal Networks: Technologies and Applications (Ramjee Prasad, Luc Deneire), Artech
(S) Protocols and architecture for wireless sensor networks, H. Karl, A. Willig, Wiley, 2005.
(T) Mobile telemedicine: A computing and networking perspective, Y. Xiao, H. Chen, CRC Press, 2008.
IEEE 802.15 Working Group for WPAN (http://www.ieee802.org/15/) – 15.1 Bluetooth v1.1, 15.2 Coexistence, 15.3 MAC and PHY for High Rate WPAN, 15.4 Low Rate WPAN, 15.5 WPAN mesh
GNU Radio/USRP, http://gnuradio.org/
Principles of Wireless Networks, by K. Pahlavan and P. Krishnamurthy, Prentice Hall PTR, 2002.
Wireless Sensor Networks by Feng Zhao and Leonidas Guibas.
Biodesign: The process of innovating medical technologies, Zenios, Makower, Yock, Cambridge Press, 2010
Introduction and overview (1 week)
WPAN and BSN scenarios and applications (1 week)
WLANs – 802.11 standards, QoS (802.11e), Security (802.11i, 802.11f) (1 week)
Bluetooth - Core specification, Profiles, Security, Future (1 week)
Biosensor design and interfacing – Electrochemical devices, instrumentation, biocompatibility, Handling sensor data (1 week)
802.15 – 802.15.3 (HR WPAN), Very HR WPAN (UWB, DS-UWB, MB-OFDM), 802.15.4 (LR WPAN), ZigBee (1.5 week)
Wireless communication - Inductive coupling, RF comm. in body, antenna, ultra-low power signal processing (1 week)