85731 - Vehicular Communications M

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

The course will provide fundamentals of intra-vehicle wireless and wired communication systems, and of wireless transmission and network/protocol architectures for the connectivity between the vehicle and the cloud. Understanding of the architecture of satellite positioning systems and the main design principles and performance trade-off.

Course contents

The course introduces the student to the world of connected and automated vehicles, providing the necessary fundamentals of communication systems and networks to understand and handle vehicle-to-anything (V2X) communication scenarios.

Course outline:

  • Introduction to vehicular communication
  • Connected and automated vehicles
  • Applications and requirements
  • Wireless enabling technologies for V2X communications
  • The protocol pillar
  • The physical layer: channel models, single carrier (L-ASK, M-QAM, L-PSK) and multi carrier (OFDM) modulations, bit error rate and channel capacity, multiple antennas, equalization.
  • The MAC layer: deterministic and random access to the channel (FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, OFDMA, CSMA, ALOHA).
  • V2X communications: cellular systems vs WiFi-based systems.
  • Other complementary technologies. VLC and mmWaves
  • Focus on LTE-V2X
  • Focus on IEEE 802.11p


- Notes during lessons

- Slides and material provided by the teacher

Teaching methods

Traditional, with the addition of laboratory activities via simulations

Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Bazzi

See the website of Barbara Mavì Masini