Mobile Communication Systems

Lecturers: Atílio Gameiro (coordinator,, Nuno Borges de Carvalho (UA), António Navarro (UA)

Aims: The objective of this course is to provide comprehensive and updated vision of the requirements and techniques used in the design of mobile and wireless communication links. It is expected that at the end of the course the students will be:
• able to identify and understand the main requirements, issues, limitations, parameters and components used in the design of point to point and multi-user radio links,
• using such a knowledge understand the rationale for the solutions adopted in existing or emerging systems and be able to participate in the development and proposal of new ones to answer the goals foreseen for future systems..


Wireless Networks and Protocols

Lecturers: Manuel Ricardo (Coordinator, UP), Rui Aguiar (UA), Adriano Moreira (UM)

Aims: Wireless Networks and Protocols (WNP) is a course for students aimed at specializing in the mobile communications theme of MAP-Tele. The WNP course has two main objectives:
1. to provide the students with the competences required to understand current wireless networks and their main functions;
2. to provide students with the competences required to create future wireless networks and/or its associated functions.
In order to meet these objectives a set of scientific topics were identified: a) wireless networking, b) mobility, c) authentication, d) Quality of Service (QoS), and e) network support for services. Read More...

Mobile Computing

Lecturers: Adriano Moreira (Coordinator UM), Helena Rodrigues (UM), Rui Aguiar (UA)

Aims: This course aims to introduce students to the current challenges and opportunities in Mobile Computing, to create some insight regarding the way how mobile computing is evolving towards a world of pervasive computing and networking. The focus of the course is on the challenges and reference approaches for enabling software infrastructures to become integrated into their physical and social environments. Reference case studies will be used to guide the study of the most commonly used approaches and issues. This course will also make the bridge between mobile and pervasive computing, exploring common objectives, design principles, and research challenges, but highlighting the way in which mobile computing can be seen as a step towards a new computing paradigm. It will also explore some recent results on usability studies and new types of applications and activities in the context of users’ continual and instantly accessible presence in mobile, ubiquitous and context-aware systems. Although oriented towards future systems, this course will also discuss the opportunities and resources that the current integrated communications networks already provide for developing innovative smart spaces.

Optical Communications

Lecturer(s): Henrique Salgado (coordinator, UP), António Teixeira (UA), Mário Lima (UA)

Aims: The course aims to provide the students with the fundamentals related to optical communication systems and networks, presenting nowadays scenarios (core and access), and foreseeing next generation optical networks (NGN).
It discusses several issues covering in a first part the principles of optoelectronics and fiber optics operation, followed by optical networks aspects, namely related to access passive optical networks (NGA-PONs): standards, design and installation.
The students will be able to receive complementary lab formation, by performing some experiments related to the course topics. Read More...

RF Circuits and Subsystems

Lecturers: João Paulo Carmo (JPC), University of Minho, email:
Luis Nero Alves (LNA), University of Aveiro, email:

Aims: The target of this course is introducing microsystems concepts and techniques and at the same time apply it in the fabrication of RF circuits and sub-systems. The technology concepts will be introduced in an integrated way for matching the goal to obtain complete wireless microdevices. The necessity of such a theme is justified by the latest developments observed in the microelectronics industry. The socio economic impacts of this industry resulted in the development of new products with increased functions, where naturally, the radio frequency and optical communications cannot be dissociated. By the contrary, mobile devices (iPads, smartphones, and so on) are dominating the market in an increased way. In this context, this course (or curricular unit) intends to provide the PhD students specialized knowledge with emphasis on electronics and microsystems for radio frequency and optical communications.