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

Description: The objective of the course is to provide the students with the state-of-the-art in the area of wireless communication for Internet of Things (IoT). It is a 4-day course in which the following topics will be covered:

Communication- and information-theoretic models for IoT communications.

Traffic models and characteristics of the IoT traffic.

System requirements and architectures for IoT communication.

Performance assessment: latency, reliability, energy efficiency

3GPP and non-3GPP IoT systems.

Blockchain, smart contracts and data analytics for IoT.

IoT and smart-grid.


Fundamentals of networking and protocols, digital communications, stochastic processes, and queueing theory.

Learning objectives:

Understanding of IoT information-theoretic and communication-theoretic models and their differences to the classic models. Understanding and working knowledge of: multiple-access and random-access schemes for IoT; cellular access technologies for IoT – LTE, NBIoT, LoRa, etc.; decentralized trust-architectures for IoT, IoT technologies for smart-grid communications; and satellite constellations for IoT.

Teaching methods:

Lectures. Presentations by students.

Criteria for assessment:

The attendees will be assessed based on the presentation of the beforehand assigned topics, or possibly, on the reports handed-in after the course.

Key literature:

[1] Zanella, A.; Bui, N.; Castellani, A.; Vangelista, L.; Zorzi, M., "Internet of Things for Smart Cities," in Internet of Things Journal, IEEE , vol.1, no.1, pp.22-­‐32, Feb. 2014

[2] M. Z. Shafiq, L. Ji, A. X. Liu, J. Pang and J. Wang, “A first look at cellular machine-to-machine traffic -large scale measurement and characterization,” in Proceedings of the International Conference on Measurement and Modeling of Computer Systems (SIGMETRICS), (London, United Kingdom), June 2012.

[3] G. C. Madueno, N. Pratas, C. Stefanovic, P. Popovski, “Cellular 5G access for massive internet of things”, in Emerging Wireless Technologies for 5G Wireless Systems, Cambridge University Press

[4] Laya, A.; Alonso, L.; Alonso‐Zarate, J., "Is the Random Access Channel of LTE and LTE ‐ A Suitable for M2M Communications? A Survey of Alternatives," in Communications Surveys & Tutorials, IEEE , vol.16, no.1, pp.4-­‐16, First Quarter 2014

[5] Madueño, Germán Corrales; Stefanovic, Cedomir; Popovski, Petar, “Reliable and Efficient Access for Alarm-initiated and Regular M2M Traffic in IEEE 802.11ah Systems,” in IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Vol. 3, No. 5, 2016, p. 673 - 682.

[6] Madueño, Germán Corrales; Nielsen, Jimmy Jessen; Min Kim, Dong; Pratas, Nuno; Stefanovic, Cedomir; Popovski, Petar, “Assessment of LTE Wireless Access for Monitoring of Energy Distribution in the Smart Grid,” in IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Vol. 34, No. 3, 03.2016, p. 675 - 688.

[7] X. Chen, T. Chen and D. Guo, "Capacity of Gaussian Many-Access Channels," in IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 63, no. 6, pp. 3516-3539, June 2017.

Organizer: Petar Popovski

Lecturers: Prof. Petar Popovski, Assoc. Prof. Cedomir Stefanovic, Assoc. Prof. Beatriz Soret, Assoc. Postdoc. Israel Leyva Mayorga


Time: 13 -16 May 2019



Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 22 April 2019

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 5,000 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 three 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.