ECE 5377/7377 | Embedded Wireless Design Laboratory

ECE 5377/7377 (Fall 2020)
Embedded Wireless Design Laboratory

Course Webpage:
Instructor: Professor Joseph Camp
Email: "camp" AT ""
Phone: 214-768-8541 Fax: 214-768-3573
Office location: 340 Junkins Building, SMU campus
Office hours: By appointment over Zoom.

Time/Place (lecture):
11am-12:20pm Tuesdays/Thursdays, Junkins 215

Lab Sections:
Labs will be performed via remote access to our Multi-Dimensional Drone Communications Infrastructure (MuDDI). Hence, there are no lab sections or predetermined times.
TA: Muhammad Hashir Syed (hashirs@)

Course Description: This course exposes students to a wide variety of real-world experiences in wireless communications and networking using FPGAs equipped with embedded microprocessors. Basic wireless concepts of scheduled and random access as well as modulation and power control will be studied via labs that enable implementation of cellular and 802.11-based wireless protocols such as TDMA, Aloha, CSMA, and CSMA/CA. Broader topics that range from embedded programming, interrupt-driven operation, and FPGA-based design will also be covered in some depth. In a course project, student teams will design novel wireless protocols and carry out experiments to measure the performance.

Prerequisites: EE 3360 or equivalent or permission of the instructor. Proficiency in programming is required for projects and labs.

Distinction for 7000-level students: The 7000-level students will have a research project as their course project. A research project requires the understanding of relevant existing works in a particular area, identifying a need that exists in the field, formulating a problem that addresses that need, design a solution to the problem, and test that solution against state-of-the-art methods.

Lectures, Labs, and Project Deadlines


You may discuss lab assignments with classmates but all solutions must be original and individually prepared (one per group). Late lab assignments will be penalized at 15% of its full credit per day up to a maximum of 4 days, after which no late work will be accepted.

The SMU Honor Code will be strictly enforced.

Required Textbook: Introduction to Wireless Digital Communication: A Signal Processing Perspective 1st Edition by Robert W. Heath Jr.


Disability Accommodations: Students needing academic accommodations for a disability must first register with Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS). Students can call 214-768-1470 or visit to begin the process. Once approved and registered, students will submit a DASS Accommodation Letter to faculty through the electronic portal DASS Link and then communicate directly with each instructor to make appropriate arrangements. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive and require advance notice to implement.

Religious Observance: Religiously observant students wishing to be absent on holidays that require missing class should notify their professors in writing at the beginning of the semester, and should discuss with them, in advance, acceptable ways of making up any work missed because of the absence. (

Excused Absences for University Extracurricular Activities: Students participating in an officially sanctioned, scheduled University extracurricular activity should be given the opportunity to make up class assignments or other graded assignments missed as a result of their participation. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the instructor prior to any missed scheduled examination or other missed assignment for making up the work. (See 2020-2021 SMU Undergraduate Catalog under “Enrollment and Academic Records/Excused Absences.”)

Student Academic Success Programs: Students needing assistance with writing assignments for SMU courses may schedule an appointment with the Writing Center through Canvas. Students wishing support with subject-specific tutoring or success strategies should contact SASP, Loyd All Sports Center, Suite 202; 214-768-3648;

Caring Community Connections (CCC) program: This is a resource for anyone in the SMU community to refer students of concern to the Office of the Dean of Students. Faculty play a critical role in identifying students who are experiencing challenges, as you may be the first to notice a change in behavior such as class attendance or performance. The online referral form can be found at After a referral is submitted, students will be contacted to discuss the concern, strategize options, and be connected to appropriate resources. Additionally, should you have concerns about students and are unclear about what to do, please see the CCC Reference Guide, or contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 214-768-4564.

Recommended Syllabus Statement for Pregnant and Parenting Students: Accommodations for pregnant and parenting students: Under Title IX students who are pregnant or parenting may request academic adjustments by contacting Elsie Johnson ( in the Office of the Dean of Students, or by calling 214-768-4564. Students seeking assistance must schedule an appointment with their professors as early as possible, present a letter from the Office of the Dean of Students, and make appropriate arrangements. Please note that academic adjustments are not retroactive and, when feasible, require advance notice to implement.

Covid-19 Attendance Statement: Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have been notified through contact tracing of potential exposure and need to self-quarantine or isolate must follow the protocols laid out in SMU’s Contact Tracing Protocol. To ensure academic continuity, students in these situations will not be penalized and will be provided appropriate modifications to assignments, deadlines, and testing. Please also note that SMUFlex classes might, in rare circumstances, go remote for two-week periods to accommodate COVID-related issues. To ensure these necessary accommodations, affected students must:

Provide as much advance notification as possible to the instructor about a change in circumstances. Students must notify their instructor about a potential absence as well as plans for a return to class. For cases in which students test positive for COVID-19, they should fill out a CCC form at this link.
Communicate promptly with the instructor to establish, as necessary, alternative assignments and/or changes to deadlines and exams. Students are then responsible for meeting the expectations laid out in these alternative arrangements.
Continue participation in class via Zoom, as health circumstances permit. Attend class regularly, when not in a situation outlined above, in accordance with safety measures laid out by SMU CAN in the Pledge to Protect (including wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and cleaning personal space after class). In-person participation in SMUFlex classes is required on students’ assigned red/blue rotation days except in cases when students are experiencing illness, are in self-quarantine or in isolation.
Students facing multiple or extended COVID-19-related absences or illness can work with the Office of the Dean of Students to consider options such as fully remote learning or medical withdrawal.
This policy, aligned with the SMU Honor Code and the SMU Pledge to Protect, relies on mutual trust and respect between students and faculty to ensure safety, academic integrity, and instructional continuity.

Students enrolled in ECE 5377 will be evaluated on the following ABET Learning Outcomes:
ABET 3 (Communicate) and 5 (Team Player).

Students enrolled in ECE 7377 will be evaluated on the following SACS Learning Outcomes:
SACS 1 (Use Technique) and 4 (Content and Delivery).

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