UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL MSc in Communication Systems and Signal Processing Laboratory Activity in Support of EENGM2510 - Mobile Communications MSc Laboratory, Queens Building 1. Objectives This laboratory activity provides you with an opportunity to explore radiowave propagation and data communications using a deterministic (ray-based) propagation tool. The work described in this laboratory is intended to enhance the taught Mobile Communications unit. Please ensure you bring along your Mobile Communications handout to the laboratory exercise. The laboratory is based on an indoor 3D propagation model developed over the last 15 years in the Communication Systems and Networks (CSN) research group. Many of the original research papers relating to this model (and its various applications) can be found at: http://rose.bris.ac.uk/dspace/handle/1983/42/items-by-author?author=Lee%2C+BS Although based around indoor propagation, all of the concepts explored in this exercise apply equally to outdoor communications. The laboratory makes use of a Matlab application that has been developed specifically for this unit. The software integrates many of the animations and examples you can find on the Mobile Communications Blackboard website. The laboratory is split into two sections: the first analyses the radiowave propagation channel and should take no more than two hours to complete. The second is concerned with data transmission over the radio channel and should take no more than one hour to complete. It is very important that you read these instructions carefully prior to attending the laboratory. 1.1 Before you start … Please read the following IMPORTANT points before you begin this laboratory activity: • • • The lab will be held in the MSc Laboratory (room 1.5) in Queens Building (QB) Bring along your Mobile Communications notes! This software has been developed specifically for the Mobile Communications Laboratory. You are permitted to take a copy for personal use, however please respect the copyright and refrain from distributing copies. Remember to capture screen shots of any interesting results for use in your written report. These screenshots should be stored on your o:\ drive. Remember to record the basestation and mobile id numbers for future reference. You will be expected to make notes as you work through the exercises. These notes may be inspected in the last half an hour of the lab. Your personal tutor may ask to see your lab book. Your attendance at the lab is mandatory and will be recorded.
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You will be assessed on this work via the submission of a written report. Please keep detailed records of your work and remember to write down brief answers to the questions as you progress. Remember to note your observations and record any difficulties you encounter.
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Date of Lab Week 7 (Tue and Fri PM)
Report Hand-In Week 10 (Fri 5pm)
Mark and Feedback Week 11 (Fri 2pm)
Your final report should be submitted to the graduate school office (2.19) in the Merchant Venturers Building (MVB). The specific details for submission will be mentioned in the week 10 lectures. Please Note: if special circumstances apply (which have prevented you from meeting the submission deadline) you may ask for a personal extension from 1) the unit director (Professor Andrew Nix), or 2) the MSc Programme Director (Dr Martin Cryan). In either case supporting evidence will be requested. For further information on the suggested structure and contents of your report, please see appendix A at the end of this document. Note: these are special instructions for this report only (and therefore supersede those in your MSc handbook) – please read them carefully and ensure you follow the required report structure. 1.2 Launching the Software The software for this laboratory can be found in the ‘p:\courses\mcs’ directory. To start the program