Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2016/17
Telecommunications laboratory
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Telecommunications Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Years teaching
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-INF/03 6 D - A scelta dello studente A scelta dello studente
01NON; 01NVT
Subject fundamentals
The course is taught in English.

This is an optional course for the Master Degree in Telecommunications Engineering, located in the first semester of the second Year. This is an experimental course in the field of communication. Most of the classes will be given in laboratories, with few introductory lessons for each field.
The course is based on three topics:
  1. Optical communication laboratory (3 credits)
  2. Signal Processing laboratory (3 credits)
  3. Telecommunication networks laboratory (3 credits)

Every student follows only 2 topics out of three for a total amount of 6 credits.
Expected learning outcomes
Considering the optical communication course:
  • Knowledge of optical sources experimental characterizations and ability to perform it
  • Knowledge of passive optical components and Erbium doped fibre amplifier experimental characterizations and ability to perform them
  • Knowledge of the main measurement instruments to be used in optical communications and ability to use them
  • Knowledge of optical transmission systems from the experimental pint on view and ability to characterize their performances.

Considering the signal processing course:
  • Knowledge of problems related to acquisition of signals, including multimedia, in real-time.
  • Knowledge of problems related to development of algorithms for off-line and real-time processing of signals, images, and video sequences.
  • Knowledge of protocols for multimedia streaming applications.
  • Knowledge of specific techniques for signal, image and video processing.

Considering the telecommunication networks course:
  • Knowledge of the configuration mechanisms of Local Area Networks.
  • Knowledge of the analysis of Internet protocols like IP, TCP, UDP, HTTP.
  • Knowledge of performance related problems in local and wide area networks.
  • Ability to process real traffic traces and capacity to extract information related to both performance and troubleshooting issues from

During each laboratory, students will work in group of 3 people each. For each lab, a report has to be produced and it will be part of the evaluation of the class.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
The course requires a background on optical communications, communication networks, and signal, image and video processing.
Main theoretical lessons and approximate weight in hours:
  • Optical communication (10 hours):
    • Optical power and optical wavelength measurements and instruments to be used (2 hours)
    • Optical power spectra measurements and OSA instrument (2 hours)
    • High resolution spectral analysis and instruments to be used (2 hours)
    • Optical links experimental characterization by OTDR (2 hours)
    • Optical Communication Systems experimental characterization and instruments to be used (2 hours)
  • Signal processing (10 hours):
    • Description of projects, work methodology, in-class presentations (10 hours)
  • Communication networks (4 hours):
    • Description of the basic mechanisms and protocol for LAN and Internet (4 hours)
    • Description of trace processing tools and methodologies to be applied in the lab (2h)

Main laboratory lessons and approximate weight in hours:
  • Optical communication Lab (20 hours):
    • Optical source characterization with optical power meter and wavelength meter (4 hours)
    • Experimental splice operations and its attenuation characterization (4 hours)
    • Erbium Doped fiber amplifier realization and its experimental characterization (4 hours)
    • Optical passive component experimental characterization (4 hours)
    • Optical sources spectral analysis by Optical spectrum analyzer and high resolution methods (4 hours).
  • Signal Processing Lab (20 hours)
    The lab topics may vary from year to year according to educational policies and number of students. As an example, in the following we specify a few topics (10 hours each), among which two will be chosen.
    • Filter design
    • Signal and image analysis using adaptive filters
    • Image and video compression
    • Image analysis using line/edge detection
  • Telecommunication network Lab (24 hours):
    Students will work in the Laboratory using PCs running Linux OS. Using Ethernet switches, students will have to setup experiments configuring LANs. Each group of students will use 3 PCs. Real traffic traces will be offered to allow students to deal with more realistic scenarios.
    • Configuration of hosts in Local Area Networks, IP addresses managments, subnetting/supernetting (2 hours)
    • LAN protocols and communication mechanisms: ARP and ping protocols, IP direct delivery of packets. (6 hours)
    • Traffic monitoring using sniffers in LAN: Ethernet, ARP, ICMP, TCP, UDP and http (4 hours)
    • Analysis of traffic traces collected from real networks and development of post-processing tools to extract valuable information out of the raw data.
Delivery modes
In this course there is large laboratory activities on the topics of optical communications, communication networks and signal processing. Students perform these laboratory activities at the educational Laboratory of the Electronics Department (LED) and at the Basic Informatics Laboratory (LAIB).
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The material related to this course will be made available in electronic format through the Web.
Assessment and grading criteria
Students are required to write a report on the various experiences of laboratory. The content of the same will be indicated during lessons by the professor.

Every lab report will have an independent evaluation, which will be the same for all students in the same group.
Each student will be asked to discuss the content of his/her two reports during an oral exam. The oral exam is individual, and students will be asked to answers questions on about both the practical and theoretical part of the course.

The final vote will be a weighted average between the evaluations of the two laboratory reports and oral examinations.

It is possible to get additional points with specific topics reports, or preparing lessons notes to be reused in subsequent years.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2014/15

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