Communication Electronics

Course description

Components of information-communication systems for signal acquisition, computation and communication.  

Digital systems: principles of digital systems, CPU, memory, input-output units. Microprocessor: evolution of classical architectures and alternative parallel architectures. 

Internet of things architecture, data processing at the node, edge and cloud levels. Internet of things communication protocols: data exchange, quality of service. Tradeoff between data computation and communication in mobile systems. 

Consumer electronics and embedded systems: optimized power consumption, product life cycle, sub-system optimization, level of integration and impact on features and costs. Information-communication systems: architecture of communications systems, hardware and software.  

Course is carried out on study programme

Elektrotehnika 2. stopnja

Objectives and competences

The course deepens the understanding of electronic circuits operation, which are used as building blocks in the implementation of modern ICT systems. Course addresses classic microprocessor architectures as well as alternative parallel architectures for artificial intelligence support. Special attention is devoted to the Internet of Things architecture, where we are interested in the design of the node and its connection to the system. In the course, the student creates a simple prototype of a system with a selected computer architecture and demonstrates it for a specific use case. 

Learning and teaching methods

The lectures provide a theoretical background on selected topics together with simple practical demonstrations. A complete study material is available online. 

Practical work is being performed in the laboratory environment. Individual projects are based on selected topics and presented by students. Part of the pedagogical process will be carried out with the help of ICT technologies and the opportunities they offer. 

Intended learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 

Analyse operation of electronic components and their role in information-communication systems. 

Use of tools for prototyping of Internet of things systems. 

Design of selected analog/digital circuits for signal acquisition and processing. 

Comprehensively explain the process of signal acquisition and processing with electronic circuits. 

Connecting theoretical foundations with the analysis of selected commercial products. 

Assess the technological complexity of selected case studies. 

Reference nosilca

  1. ZAJC, Matej, KOLENC, Mitja, SULJANOVIĆ, Nermin. Virtual power plant communication system architecture. V: YANG, Qiang (ur.), YANG, Ting (ur.), LI, Wei (ur.). Smart power distribution systems : control, communication, and optimization. London [etc.]: Elsevier: Academic Press, cop. 2019. Str. 231-250, ilustr. ISBN 978-0-12-812325-6, ISBN 0-12-812325-7. 
  2. MILEV, Ivana, PRISLAN, Lev, ZAJC, Matej. Energy portal design and evaluation for consumer active participation in energy services : seven-month field study with 234 Slovenian households. Electronics. 
  3. KOLENC, Mitja, IHLE, Norman, GUTSCHI, Christoph, NEMČEK, Peter, BREITKREUZ, Thomas, GÖDDERZ, Karlheinz, SULJANOVIĆ, Nermin, ZAJC, Matej. Virtual power plant architecture using OpenADR 2.0b for dynamic charging of automated guided vehicles. International journal of electrical power & energy systems. [Print ed.]. Jan. 2019, vol. 104, str. 370-382, ilustr. ISSN 0142-0615. 
  4. KOLENC, Mitja, NEMČEK, Peter, GUTSCHI, Christoph, SULJANOVIĆ, Nermin, ZAJC, Matej. Performance evaluation of a virtual power plant communication system providing ancillary services. Electric power systems research, ISSN 0378-7796. 2017, 149, str. 46-54. 
  5. PLESNIK, Emil, MALGINA, Olga, TASIČ, Jurij F., ZAJC, Matej. Detection of the electrocardiogram fiducial points in the phase space using the euclidian distance measure. Med. eng. phys. May 2012, vol. 34, no. 4, str. 524-529. 

Study materials

  1. L. Frentzel, Principles of Electronic Communication Systems, 3. izdaja, 2007. 
  2. R. Tokheim, Digital electronics: principles and applications, 8th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2013. 
  3. Tamboli A. Build Your Own IoT Platform: Develop a Flexible and Scalable Internet of Things Platform. Apress Media LLC, 2022. 
  4. Lin, L., Liao, X., Jin, H., & Li, P. (2019). Computation offloading toward edge computing. Proceedings of the IEEE, 107(8), 1584-1607. 
  5. Mammela, A., & Anttonen, A. (2017). Why will computing power need particular attention in future wireless devices?. IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine, 17(1), 12-26. 

Bodi na tekočem

Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, Tržaška cesta 25, 1000 Ljubljana

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