EE 5/7393: In-Field Drone Communications Experimentation

ECE 5/7393 (July 2020)
In-Field Drone Communications Experimentation

Instructor: Professor Joseph Camp
Email: "camp" AT ""
Office hours: Immediately following lecture or by appointment.

The schedule for the course will be flexible, but here is the initial plan. From 10am-11am MDT, Dr. Camp will lecture, broadcast in-field activities, or discuss lessons learned. From 11am-noon MDT, Dr. Camp will meet with students about their projects over Zoom. The first hour especially is subject to Internet connectivity constraints of the day and specific measurement being performed. The ideal situation is this first hour will be synchronous (live, in person over Zoom). However, the first hour may end up being asynchronous. In other words, the first hour could be posted later because it was a video that was taken in the field, where there was not sufficient Internet access to have a video call. In addition to these two time slots, one-on-one time can be allocated according to project needs and/or in-field measurement planning/processing.

Course Description: In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of experimentation research for the purposes of designing novel measurement studies for drone communications. Students will also learn about the unique problems that are facing wireless communications when designed for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which has the challenges of Doppler effects induced by high levels of mobility, limited power consumption, and highly-restrictive load capabilities. In the advanced version of the course (7393), students take on leadership roles with the labs and the projects and are expected to lead efforts to publications in top-tier conferences with measurement results.

Background: Students must be proficient in computer programming.

5393 Grading:

7393 Grading: Online Schedule

Previously-Planned In-Person Schedule

You may discuss lab assignments with classmates but all solutions must be original and individually prepared. Late lab work 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 Textbooks: None.

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Disability Accommodations:
Students needing academic accommodations for a disability must first be registered with Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS) to verify the disability and to establish eligibility for accommodations. Students may call 214-768-1470 or visit to begin the process. Once registered, students should then schedule an appointment with the professor to make appropriate arrangements.

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. (See University Policy No. 1.9.)

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. (University Undergraduate Catalog)

Student Learning Outcomes (ABET/SACS):
(I): Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(II): Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(III): Ability to communicate effectively
(IV): An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice