Cooperative Communication Systems

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

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 (Odd weeks)

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

03.04.2019LectureHSZ/E01/UIntroduction to Cooperative Communications and Prisonner's dilemma
04.04.2019No EventFAL 07/08No Event
10.04.2019LectureFAL 07/08Cooperation in Nature and Game theory
17.04.2019LectureFAL 07/08P2P Video Streaming
18.04.2019No EventFAL 07/08No Event
24.04.2019LectureFAL 07/08Cooperation in wireless Networks and Mobile phones - Part 1
01.05.2019No Event - HolidayFAL 07/08No Event
02.05.2019LectureFAL 07/08Cooperation in wireless Networks and Mobile phones - Part 2
08.05.2019LectureFAL 07/08Cooperative download strategies and Energy gain computation
15.05.2019LectureFAL 07/08Green Mobile Clouds
16.05.2019LectureFAL 07/08Mesh Networks - Part 1
22.05.2019No Event - HolidayFAL 07/08No Event
29.05.2019LectureFAL 07/08Mesh Networks - Part 2
30.05.2019No Event - HolidayFAL 07/08No Event
05.06.2019ExercisesFAL 07/08Mesh Networks
12.06.2019No Event - HolidayFAL 07/08No Event
13.06.2019No Event - HolidayFAL 07/08No Event
19.06.2019LectureFAL 07/08Coded caching
26.06.2019ExercisesFAL 07/08Energy Gain Computation
27.06.2019ExercisesFAL 07/08P2P Video streaming
03.07.2019LectureFAL 07/08Technology Enabled Cooperation - Compressed Sensing 1
10.07.2019LectureFAL 07/08Technology Enabled Cooperation - Compressed Sensing 2
11.07.2019ExercisesFAL 07/08Compressed Sensing



The students are evaluated based on a written examination at the end of the course.

Please stay tuned for upcoming exam information

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