Cooperative communication systems

Lecturer: Prof. Frank Fitzek
Assistant: M.Sc. Sreekrishna Pandi


This course aims at giving the students a complete overview of cooperation among modern communication networks that aids in achieving maximum network efficiency. The knowledge of approaches and methods of game theory allows the analysis of conflict situations as they occur, in the resource allocation of radio systems. The idea of cooperation among pure peer to peer networks is extended to multi-channel aware cooperation techniques like in the case of LTE over wireless meshed devices. The use of modern coding techniques such as network coding for improving the cooperation gains is highlighted in the lecture. The concept of compressed sensing and its role in cooperative systems are also briefly discussed. The final lectures deal with the application of cooperative techniques to modern networks including mobile edge clouds, wireless sensor networks and p2p networks.

The theoretical concepts dealt in the lectures are complemented with some interesting hands on experiments and games in the exercise sessions to provide an intuitive understanding of the practical use of cooperative systems.

Language of lecture: English
This course is offered only in Summer Semester

Time Schedule

Lectures:  Tuesday 13:00 – 14:30

ExercisesFriday 09:20 – 10:50 (Even weeks)

05/04/16L1JAN/0027/HCooperation in Nature; Prisoner's Dilemma
12/04/16L2JAN/0027/HCooperation Gains TFT/AD/AC
19/04/16L3JAN/0027/HWireless Multi-Hop Cooperation
22/04/16L4BAR/205/HCooperative Mobile Clouds
26/04/16L5JAN/0027/HCooperative radio communication
03/05/16L6JAN/0027/HCompressed Sensing
06/05/16L7BAR/205/HCommunication Strategies for Cooperative Cluster
10/05/16L8JAN/0027/HCompressed Sensing (Part 2)
17/05/16--JAN/0027/HNo Lecture
24/05/16E2JAN/0027/HExercise in compressed sensing
31/05/16L9JAN/0027/HCooperation in Heterogenous Settings
03/06/16E3BAR/205/HCompressed sensing in Cooperative networks - Part3
07/06/16L10JAN/0027/HWireless mesh networks
14/06/16E4JAN/0027/HEnergy gains in cooperative strategies
17/06/16L11BAR/205/Hcommunication schemes based on cooperation.
21/06/16L12JAN/0027/HFundamental limits of caching
28/06/16L13JAN/0027/HPeer to peer Video streaming
01/07/16E5BAR/205/HExercise - P2P Video streaming

Module Number

ET-12 10 22


The students are evaluated based on a written examination (120 min) at the end of the course.

Date: 22/07/2016

Time: 9:20

Location: GÖR/127/U


Recommended Literature

  1. F.H.P. Fitzek and M. Katz. Cooperation in Wireless Networks: Principles and Applications – Real Egoistic Behaviour is to Cooperate!. 2006. Springer.
  2. F.H.P. Fitzek and M. Katz. Cognitive Wireless Networks: Concepts, Methodologies and Visions Inspiring the Age of Enlightenment of Wireless Communications. 2007. Springer.
  3. F.H.P. Fitzek and Marcos Katz. Mobile Clouds: Exploiting Distributed Resources in Wireless, Mobile and Social Networks . 2014. Wiley

Resources / Lecture slides

Please check the course page at Opal for the latest slides and other resources

Updates / Notes

NetLogo – Please install the NetLogo Version 3.1.5 and 5.2.1 from here for the modelling environment.