Welcome to Wireless Communications for the Internet of Things (2021)


Description: The Internet of Things (IoT) identifies the network of interconnected systems, machines, and things that communicate and collaborate without human intervention. Techno-economic forecasts indicate that, in the coming years, wireless IoT will become massive, connecting tens of billions devices. The IoT has significantly different requirements and traffic characteristics from both, traditional human-to-machine (H2M) services (download, web browsing, video streaming) and human-to-human (H2H) communication, where large data volumes are sent, high data rates are required, and infrequent access requests to the network are performed. In contrast, IoT communication is oftentimes based on the intermittent transmission/reception of small data portions and presents strict latency, reliability, and energy efficiency requirements.  Thus, adequate traffic models are required to efficiently manage IoT traffic in both, well-established technologies such as 3GPP cellular networks and in emerging technologies such as LoRa and Sigfox. This is a four-day course provides a comprehensive review of: (1) the technical and theoretical basis to design efficient access protocols for wireless IoT applications; (2) the challenges and opportunities of IoT-enabling technologies such as satellite communications, proprietary IoT solutions, and multi-connectivity;  (3) novel design approaches to maximize the efficiency of random access protocols; (4) standardized random access protocols for IoT and their access control mechanisms; and (5) data analytics and machine learning techniques to enhance IoT connectivity. 

Organizer: Postdoc Israel Leyva-Mayorga - ilm@es.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor Petar Popovski, Associate Professor Cedomir Stefanovic, Associate Professor Beatriz Soret, Associate Professor Jimmy J. Nielsen, Postdoc Federico Chiariotti, and Postdoc Israel Leyva-Mayorga

ECTS: 3.0

Time: 22-24 November 2021

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code: 
9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 01 November 2021


Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.
Welcome to Electromagnetics (2021)


Description: This course should provide the PhD candidates in the Wireless Communications program the necessary background on the physical aspects of radiowave communication. The motivation follows the well-known fact that students in this program come from various backgrounds, often specialized in communication protocols and information theory, but lacking the necessary physical insight into electromagnetic fields, antennas and radiowave propagation. For the rest of the participants, this course should give a recapitulation of the previously acquired knowledge and extending it to meet the needs of their dissertation, as many of them will need to design an antenna and/or carry out electromagnetic simulations in their projects. Both basic and advanced aspects of electromagnetic theory will be covered, together with numerical methods for solving electromagnetic fields at high frequencies. The course consists of total 12 hours of lectures divided in 4 days plus a mini-project of approx. 1 month duration supervised and evaluated by the lecturer. Criteria for assessment are attendance of the lectures and evaluation of the mini-project.

Organizer: Associate professor Ondrej Franek - of@es.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate professor Ondrej Franek - of@es.aau.dk

ECTS: 3.0

Time: November 1-4 2021

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code: 
9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: October 11 2021


Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.
Welcome to Wireless Communications for Industry 4.0 (2021)


Description: Wireless is identified as a major enabler of the Industry 4.0 vision. Factories of the future are indeed expected to replace the bulky wired control infrastructure with industrial wireless networks, aiming at supporting agile reconfiguration of production resources, non-linear production via usage of robot swarms, lean changeover; ultimately translating to major efficiency benefits and product customization. This course addresses how new wireless technologies can revolutionize the production paradigms in current factories and how to overcome the challenges that wireless communication encounters for achieving often demanding industrial requirements in terms of latency, reliability and throughput. 

The main contents of the course are the following: 

  • Introduction of relevant industrial production use cases and associated communication requirements (considering the multiple levels of the automation pyramid, from MES connectivity to fast closed loop control at sensor/actuator level) also including new use cases that can only be enabled via wireless communication (e.g., robots fleets or swarms).
  • Description of candidate wireless technologies for Industry 4.0, with a critical analysis on their suitability in addressing the communication requirements at different layers of the automation pyramid. In particular, 5G New Radio (NR), NR-Unlicensed (NR-U),  802.11 n/ac, Wireless Interface to Sensors and Actuators (WISA) and Wireless HART will be introduced.
  • Introduction of open research challenges in a beyond 5G/ 6G perspective, including a vision for a new wireless system aiming at coping with the more stringent Industry 4.0 use cases (e.g., support of closed loop control with below 0.1 ms cycles).
  • From theory to practice: experimental verification of wireless technologies potential in a real industrial setup including FESTO production lines and robot fleets, located in the Smart Production Laboratory.

The course consists of frontal lectures, and laboratory sessions. Laboratory sessions will be structured as hands-on activities where PhD students have the opportunity of setting up their own wireless solutions for a real Industry 4.0 use case, verify their effects on the production, and identify the new open challenges.

The evaluation will be based on mini-projects to be carried out in groups. Such mini-projects may involve the usage of laboratory facilities.

Organizer: Associate Professor Gilberto Berardinelli - gb@es.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor, Gilberto Berardinelli, Professor Ole Madsen, Postdoc. Ignacio Rodriguez Larrad, Professor Klaus Pedersen

ECTS: 2.0

Time: Fall 2021

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code: 
9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 30

Deadline:


Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.
Welcome to Estimation Theory for Signal Processing and Communications (2021)


Description: An estimator is a way to “guess” the value of an entity from data stochastically related to it.  Estimation theory, which may be considered as an element of “machine learning”, is highly relevant for researchers who are often facing problems of inferring parameters from data gathered from measurements or simulations.  This is in particular true for researchers within communications and signal processing. 

The aim of this course is to give an overview of the field of estimation theory and the tools to derive and evaluate new estimators for specific engineering applications.  The course is centered around three main topics: 

  1. Introduction to point estimators and performance bounds
  2. Connection between estimation theory and information theory
  3. Bayesian inference on graphical models

The teachers of the course are all actively developing estimators as a part of their research. Therefore, we will during the course give examples of how we use the theory in our own research work. 

Organizer: Associate Professor Troels Pedersen - troels@es.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Troels Pedersen - troels@es.aau.dk, Professor Jan Østergaard - jo@es.aau.dk, Associate Professor Carles Navarro Manchón - cnm@es.aau.dk

ECTS: 3.0

Time: Spring 2021

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code: 
9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 15

Deadline:


Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.
Welcome to Deep Learning - Wireless communication (2021)

Please sign up for this course by using the link below:

https://phd.moodle.aau.dk/course/view.php?id=1553

Welcome to Antennas, Antenna Systems and Radio Propagation for Next Generation Systems (2021)


Description: Multiple antenna systems have revolutionized wireless communications by allowing the exploitation of the space dimension for performance optimization. Recent advances have allowed the integration of multiple antennas into small devices and handsets and paved the way for multiple-input- multiple-output (MIMO) systems. 

As fourth-generation (4G) mobile communication systems are being deployed, the investigation and development of 5G mobile communication systems have been started to meet the expected need for higher data rates in the future. The standardization activity of 5G is nearly finalized in 2020 and also the commercial availability of equipment is already on-going. One of the key enabling techniques in 5G systems is the use of millimeter-wave bands along with phased array antennas at both the mobile device and base station or for nanosatellite communications. Another aspect is the use of huge arrays in MIMO context (massive MIMO) which has a different design and operating options due to LOS vs NLOS deployments 

This course will address:

  • millimeter-wave antennas and their interactions with human tissues for next-generation cellular communication systems and satellite communications.
  • the particulars of massive MIMO base station antennas
  • electro-magnetic and signal state challenges in the design and evaluation of such multi-port antennas and their associated propagation characteristics.

 The topics include: 
  • Measurement methodologies for Radio propagation channels (near vs. far-field conditions )
  • Measurement for antennas
  • Summarize the commonly used methods on 5G phased array antenna designs for cellular and satellite communications. Antenna element design.
  • Channel characterization (particular attention to a near field dominated scenarios, small terminals)

Organizer: Associate Professor Shuai Zhang - sz@es.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Wei Fan, Associate Professor Jesper Ødum Nielsen, Associate Professor Shuai Zhang

ECTS: 3.0

Time: 08-10 and 20-21 September 2021

Place: Aalborg

Zip code: 
9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 20

Deadline: 18 August 2021


Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.