Radio Resource Allocation in Advanced Cellular Networks

Prof. Dr.-Ing. R. Schober, Dr. D. W. K. Ng

Time and Place: We 16:15 - 17:45, E 1.12
ECTS-Credits: 2,5


The next generation of wireless cellular networks aims to support various multimedia services with different quality of service (QoS) requirements. Due to the spectrum scarcity and the limited power budget, an efficient radio resource allocation is therefore mandatory in 4G networks. The key task of radio resource allocation mechanisms is to make the best use of limited resources and to ensure sufficient QoS, under time varying channel conditions.

The goal of this lecture is to provide students with an understanding of the mutual effects between control mechanisms in wireless networks. The lecture combines fundamentals of resource allocation (including principles of radio coverage in cellular systems and basics of radio network planning) with innovative algorithms for radio interface utilization from recent research as well as application examples.

Practical resource allocation algorithm designs such as adaptive power and rate controls and BS (Base Station) coordinated scheduling, etc., will be discussed. Furthermore, different optimization techniques used in resource allocation will be covered. The lecture will be concluded by different examples of advanced topics to illustrate the versatility of resource allocation.

This course will be carried out in English only.


Homework assignment 

 [1] Homework 1 

 [2] Homework 2 

 [3] Homework 3 

 [4] Homework 4 

(For the open-ended questions, there is no universal answer :). Yet, as an engineering student, you should be able to justify your answers.)



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