Cooperative Communication Systems

All lectures will be moved to FAL 07/08.

Lecturer: Professor Frank FitzekMain lecturer: Professor Frank Fitzek

Assistant: M.Sc. Sreekrishna PandiCo-lecturer: M.Sc. Sreekrishna Pandi

Assistant: M.Sc. Roberto Torre ArranzCo-lecturer: M.Sc. Roberto Torre Arranz



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)

11.04.2018LectureHSZ/E01/UIntroduction to Cooperative Communications and Prisonner's dilemma
12.04.2018LectureFAL 07/08Cooperation in Nature and Game theory
18.04.2018LectureFAL 07/08Cooperation in wireless Networks and Mobile phones - Part 1
25.04.2018LectureFAL 07/08Cooperation in wireless Networks and Mobile phones - Part 2
26.04.2018LectureFAL 07/08Cooperative download strategies and Energy gain computation
02.05.2018ExercisesFAL 07/08No Event
09.05.2018LectureFAL 07/08Green Mobile Clouds
10.05.2018No EventFAL 07/08No Event
16.05.2018LectureFAL 07/08Mesh Networks - Part 1
23.05.2018No EventFAL 07/08No Event
24.05.2018No EventFAL 07/08No Event
30.05.2018LectureFAL 07/08Mesh Networks - Part 2
06.06.2018No EventFAL 07/08No Event
07.06.2018LectureFAL 07/08P2P Video Streaming
13.06.2018LectureFAL 07/08Coded caching
20.06.2018ExerciseFAL 07/08Energy Gain Computation
21.06.2018ExerciseFAL 07/08Mesh Networks
27.06.2018ExerciseFAL 07/08P2P Video streaming
04.07.2018LectureFAL 07/08Technology Enabled Cooperation - Compressed Sensing 1
05.07.2018LectureFAL 07/08Technology Enabled Cooperation - Compressed Sensing 2
11.07.2018No EventFAL 07/08No Event: Compressed Sensing Exercises shifted to next week!
18.07.2018ExercisesFAL 07/08Compressed Sensing
19.07.2018No EventFAL 07/08No Event



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

The exam will take place on 27 July 2018, at 9:20, in Hörsaalzentrum, Bergstr. 64. Room HSZ/201/U.

The duration of the exam will be two hours.


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