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

Note: The lecture location for all sessions has been shifted to FAL106.

All students are required to enrol in the course through Opal.


27.04.2017 17:00 Falkenbrunnen 07/08 Guest Lecture Prof. Muriel Médard

Please pay attention to the updated schedule and venue of the lecture below.

Time Schedule

Lectures:  Tuesday 14:50 – 16:20

LocationFAL/106 (Entrance through Würzburger Str.35)

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

LocationFAL/106 (Entrance through Würzburger Str.35)

04/04/2017LectureFAL/106Introduction to Coop Com and Prisonner's dielemma
07/04/2017LectureFAL/106Cooperation in Nature and Game theory
11/04/2017ExerciseFAL/106Recap and coop gain calculation in PD
18/04/2017LectureFAL/106Cooperation in wireless Networks and Mobile phones - P1
21/04/2017No EventFAL/106No Event
25/04/2017LectureFAL/106Cooperation in wireless Networks and Mobile phones - P2
02/05/2017No EventFAL/106No Event
05/05/2017LectureFAL/106Mesh Networks and Batman
09/05/2017LectureFAL/106Cooperative download strategies and Energy gain computation
16/05/2017LectureFAL 07/08Introduction to Network Coding
19/05/2017ExerciseFAL/106Network Coding in Cooperation
23/05/2017LectureFAL/106COPE & MORE
02/06/2017LectureFAL/106Cooperative multicast using NC
13/06/2017LectureFAL/106Today's HW support for Cooperation and P2P
20/06/2017LectureFAL/106IEEE 802.11P
30/06/2017LectureFAL/106BitTorrent, WebRTC, Coded
11/07/2017LectureFAL/106Cooperative Caching
14/07/2017Exam DiscussionFAL/106

Module Number

ET-12 10 22


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


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