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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Ad Hoc and Wireless Sensor Networks


Information and Communication Technologies, second-level study programme


prof. dr. Tomaž Javornik


This course is an introduction to the problematic of ad hoc and sensor networks and it is intended to provide students with understanding of system and algorithmic issues in ad hoc and sensor networks including localisation, routing protocols, MAC protocols. In addition, problematic specific for sensor networks like the hardware and software platforms for developing sensor networks are included.


applications of ad-hoc networks
applications of sensor networks

Physical layer:
wired, radio and optical transmissions

MAC protocols:
classification of MAC protocols

Routing in Ad Hoc Networks:
topology based protocols
position based protocols
other routing protocols(power aware routing)

Wireless technologies for ad-hoc and sensor networks:
IEEE 802.11
Bluetooth, LE-Bluetooth
IEEE 802.15, ZigBee, IEEE 802.15.6
CAN bus, HART, EnOcean, M-bus, OpenTherm, SMI, Insteon

Localization in wireless sensor networks:
basic principles: time of arrival, time difference of arrival, angle of arrival, received signal strength
solutions: GPS, radio beacon,
algorithms: centralized/distributed

Time Synchronization:
challenges for time synchronization
basics of time synchronization
time synchronization protocols

Sensor node architecture:
sensing subsystem, processor subsystem, communication interfaces, prototypes, operating systems

Course literature:

Selected chapters from the following books:

• W. W. Dargie, C. Poellabauer, Fundamentals of Wireless Sensor Networks: Theory and Practice, Wiley, 2010. ISBN 978-0470997659
• R. Verdone, D. Dardari, G. Mazzini, A. Conti, Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks: Technologies, Analysis and Design, Roberto Verdone, Elsevier Science, 2010. ISBN 0123725399
• F. Zhao, L. Guibas, Wireless Sensor Networks: An Information Processing Approach, Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking, 2004. ISBN 1558609148

• Sensors — Open Access Journal, ( ISSN 1424-8220
• IET Wireless Sensor Systems, ISSN 2043-6386

Significant publications and references:

• A. Volkov, J. Žganec Gros, M. Žganec, T. Javornik, A. Švigelj, “Modulated acquisition of spatial distortion maps”, Sensors, vol. 13, no. 8, pp. 11069-11084, 2013.
• F. Nadeem, E. Leitgeb, G. Kandus, T. Javornik, " Comparing the cloud effects on hybrid network using optical wireless and GHz links" , IET communications, vol. 6, no. 5, pp. 492-498, 2012.
• T. Celcer, G. Kandus, T. Javornik, “Adaptive utility-based scheduling algorithm for multiuser MIMO uplink”, EURASIP Journal on wireless communications and networking, (online), vol. 2011, no. 22, pp. 1-12, 2011,
• A. Hrovat, G. Kandus, T. Javornik, “Four-slope channel model for path loss prediction in tunnels at 400 MHz”, IET microwaves, antennas & propagation, vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 571-582, 2010.
• F. Nadeem, T. Javornik, E. Leitgeb, V. Kvicera, G., " Continental fog attenuation empirical relationship from measured visibility data" , Radioengineering, vol. 919, no. 4, pp. 596-600, 2010.


Seminar work (50%)
Oral defense of seminar work (50%)

Students obligations:

Seminar work and oral defense of seminar work.