Cooperative Communication Systems

Lecturer: Professor Frank Fitzek
Main lecturer:
Professor Frank Fitzek
Assistant: M.Sc. Roberto Torre Arranz
M.Sc. Roberto Torre Arranz

Course will be held partially online due to current corona situation.
More information can be found in TUD Aktuelle Hinweise COVID-19


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

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

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

Time Schedule

Lectures:  Wednesday 14:50 – 16:20

LocationFAL 07/08 (Entrance through Würzburger Str.35)

ExercisesThursday  16:40- 18:10 (Even weeks)

LocationFAL 07/08 (Entrance through Würzburger Str.35)

08.04.2020LectureonlineIntroduction to Cooperative Communications and Prisonner's dilemmaL0 - 01
15.04.2020LectureonlineCooperation in Nature and Game theoryL1 - 01
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L1 - 07
16.04.2020LectureonlineCooperation in wireless Networks and Mobile phones - Part 1
22.04.2020LectureonlineCooperation in wireless Networks and Mobile phones - Part 2
29.04.2020LectureonlineGreen Mobile Clouds & Cooperative download strategies and Energy gain computation
30.04.2020LectureBAR/I15Mesh Networks - Part 1
06.05.2020LectureBAR/I15Mesh Networks - Part 2
13.05.2020No Event - HolidayBAR/I15No Event
14.05.2020LectureBAR/I15Multipath in Mesh Networks
20.05.2020LectureBAR/I15P2P Video streaming
27.05.2020LectureBAR/I15Network-Coded Cooperation
28.05.2020LectureBAR/I15Technology Enabled Cooperation - Compressed Sensing 1
03.06.2020No Event - HolidayBAR/I15No Event
10.06.2020LectureBAR/I15Technology Enabled Cooperation - Compressed Sensing 2
11.06.2020LectureBAR/I15Invited Lecturer: Cadami - the best media content distribution
17.06.2020ExercisesBAR/I15Prisonner's dilemma
24.06.2020ExercisesBAR/I15Energy Gain Computation
25.06.2020ExercisesBAR/I15Mesh Networks
01.07.2020No EventBAR/I15Mesh Networks Hands on
08.07.2020ExercisesBAR/I15P2P Video Streaming
09.07.2020ExercisesBAR/I15Network-Coded Cooperation
15.07.2020ExercisesBAR/I15Compressed Sensing

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