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.

Module Number: ET-12 10 22

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)

08.04.2020L1onlineIntroduction to Cooperative Communications
15.04.2020L2onlineMotivation for Cooperation in Communication Networks, Cooperative Architectures, Cooperation in Nature, Prisoner's Dilemma and Game theory
16.04.2020L3onlineCooperation in wireless Networks and Mobile phones - Introduction and Basics, P2P measurements, Mobile Clouds for cooperation, and Cooperative Reliable Multicast
22.04.2020L4onlineCooperation in wireless Networks and Mobile phones - The importance of energy and how cooperation helps, the 7 OSI layers for cooperation, MAC cooperation, cooperative uplink and beamforming
29.04.2020L5onlineGreen Mobile Clouds & Green Mobile Clouds, Cooperative Cluster Strategies, Cooperative Download and Streaming Strategies, Heterogeneous Cluster Size Analysis, Mobility and Seeding Strategies
30.04.2020L6onlineIntroduction to Mesh Networks
06.05.2020L7onlineWireless Mesh Networks - Fundamental Strategies, BATMAN, Routing and Flooding in detail
13.05.2020No Event - Holiday No Event
14.05.2020L8onlineMultipath in Mesh Networks
20.05.2020L9onlineP2P Video streaming
27.05.2020L10onlineNetwork-Coded Cooperation
28.05.2020L11onlineTechnology Enabled Cooperation - Compressed Sensing 1
03.06.2020No Event - Holiday No Event
10.06.2020L12onlineTechnology Enabled Cooperation - Compressed Sensing 2
11.06.2020L13onlineInvited Lecturer: Cadami - the best media content distribution
17.06.2020E1onlinePrisonner's dilemma
24.06.2020E2onlineEnergy Gain Computation
25.06.2020E3onlineMesh Networks
01.07.2020E4BAR Courtyard (provisional)Mesh Networks Hands on
08.07.2020E5onlineP2P Video Streaming
09.07.2020E6onlineNetwork-Coded Cooperation
15.07.2020E7onlineCompressed Sensing


The exam will take place on Wednesday, 29/07/2020 at 9:20 (duration: 120 minutes).
Room: ASB/120/H Andreas-Schubert-Bau, Zellescher Weg 19.
The exam will be in English.
Allowed aids: Non-programmable calculator

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


Further Reading

  1. Petar Popovski. Reopening a Society During the Pandemic and the Revisited Prisoner’s Dilemma
  2. Development of new food-sharing relationships in vampire bats