Wireless and Sensor Networks

Course Code : IR394

Time Hours : Semester 3, 24h (lectures)

Time Periods : not available yet

Lecturer : Farid Naït-Abdesselam, Professor, naf[at]parisdescartes.fr

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This course focuses on the key concepts in wireless networking and pays special attention to emerging networking paradigms. Students with a background in computer science will learn about the state-of-the art in wireless networking and mobile computing, with an emphasis on the ongoing and emerging research directions in the fields. This course combines traditional lectures with in-class discussions of key research papers that individual students will read and present to their peers. The main objective is to provide the students with the tools to begin their own research in the field of wireless and mobile networking. The course will provide students with an overview of wireless networking and will examine wireless data networks (infrastructure based and ad hoc), along with novel networking paradigms such as delay-tolerant, opportunistic networking, and the emerging field of wireless sensor networks. The course will also cover the security threats of these different types of networks and their up to date solutions.


  • Wireless Networks Architectures 802.11 Wireless Networks (WiFi)
  •   802.16 Wireless Networks (WiMax)
  • Wireless Sensor Networks : Bluetooth, ZigBee
  • Wireless Ad Hoc, Mesh, Vehicular and Sensor Networks : Architectures and Protocols
  • Mobility management in IPv4 and IPv6 :
  • Wireless Network Security (Attacks and countermeasures)
  • 802.11 Security : WEP, WPA, 802.11i
  • Security in Wireless Sensor Networks


  • 802.11 Wireless Networks : The Definitive Guide, by Matthew S. Cast – O’Reilly.
  • Real 802.11 Security, by Jon Edney and William A. Arbaugh – Edney Arbaugh
  • Fundamentals of WiMAX : Understanding Broadband Wireless Networking, Jeffrey G. Andrews – Prentice-Hall, 2007