Cooperative Communication Systems


Lecturer: Professor Frank Fitzek
Main lecturer:


Assistant: M.Sc. Shiwei Shen
Assistant: M.Sc. Jiajing Zhang
Assistant: M.Sc. Huanzhuo Wu



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.

Course Basics

  • Language: English
  • Wahlpflichtmodule Studienrichtung Informationstechnik (8. Sem.)
  • Module Number: ET-12 10 22
  • 2 1 0(lecture/seminar/practical course)
  • Written exam

Corona related Information

Important Links

We request all students to enroll on the OPAL course and to join the TUD Matrix Chatroom. See links above.

Summer Semester 2022

    • Wednesday (every week), 14:50 – 16:20, starts from 06.04.2022
    • Thursday (every two weeks), 16:40 – 18:10, starts from 07.04.2022
    • The playlist of all videos is here and you can find the name of videos for each specific topic in the “Youtube Videos” column of the table below.
    • Here you can find an interesting video explaining “the prisoner’s dilemma”.



  • L – Lecture
  • E – Exercise
  • t.b.d. – to be determined