Mobility in Networks

Course Description

Mobility concepts and mobile network model. Mobility management: concepts and implementations. Internet local mobility concepts and support protocols. Ad-hoc and sensor networks: architectures, protocols, technologies. Internet of Things: networked devices, software platforms, protocols and standards. Mobile crowd sensing.

General Competencies

Knowledge of concepts, communication architectures and protocols as a basis for advanced services in mobile networks and new generation networks. Good understanding of mobility management models, as well as terminal, personal and service mobility. Ability to design and implement such services.

Learning Outcomes

  1. define fundamental mobility concepts, differentiate between global and local mobility
  2. analyze and evaluate mobility models
  3. explain the effects of mobility on higher layer protocols and applications
  4. describe and analyze solutions for mobility management in the Internet
  5. describe characteristics of Internet of Things, illustrate by examples
  6. demonstrate an Internet of Things service
  7. describe Internet of Things protocols
  8. compare communication protocols for ad-hoc networks

Forms of Teaching


The classes are organized in two blocks: The first block comprises 7 classes and a midterm exam, while the second comprises 6 classes and a final exam. this makes in total 15 weeks with 2 hours per week.


Midterm exam (week 8) and final exam (week 15).

Laboratory Work

Students need to resolve 3 practical tasks.


Consultations are organized weekly in a predefined time slot.


Students independently analyze professional literature.

Acquisition of Skills

Students need to resolve 3 tasks as preparatory work for laboratory exercises.

Grading Method

By decision of the Faculty Council, in the academic year 2019/2020. the midterm exams are cancelled and the points assigned to that component are transferred to the final exam, unless the teachers have reassigned the points and the grading components differently. See the news for each course for information on knowledge rating.
Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Laboratory Exercises 0 % 20 % 0 % 20 %
Homeworks 0 % 5 % 0 % 5 %
Class participation 0 % 10 % 0 % 10 %
Seminar/Project 0 % 10 % 0 % 10 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 25 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 0 % 30 %
Exam: Written 50 % 55 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Mobility concepts and mobile network model.
  2. Internet mobility. Global and local mobility concepts. IP local mobility support protocols.
  3. Mobility modeling: general concepts
  4. Mobility modeling in cellular, wireless and opportunistic networks and well as WSNs and vehicular networks.
  5. Mobility management at the transport layer.
  6. Ad-hoc networks: architecture and protocols.
  7. Ad-hoc networks: Proactive and reactive routing protocols.
  8. Midterm exam.
  9. Internet of Things and Wireless Sensor Networks.
  10. Internet of Things protocols. Standardization.
  11. Mobile Internet of Things and mobile crowd sensing applications.
  12. WLAN: wireless local network and mobility.
  13. Mobility of packet services in LTE networks.
  14. Sofware defined networks and mobility management.
  15. Final exam.

Study Programmes

University graduate
Information Processing (profile)
Specialization Course (2. semester)
Telecommunication and Informatics (profile)
Specialization Course (2. semester)



Paolo Santi (2012.), Mobility Models for Next Generation Wireless Networks, John Wiley & Sons
P. Bellavista, A. Corradi (eds.) (2007.), The Handbook of Mobile Middleware, Auerbach Publications
Arshdeep Bahga, Vijay Madisetti (2014.), Internet of Things: A Hands-On Approach, VPT
Christopher Cox (2012.), An Introduction to LTE, John Wiley & Sons


ID 127421
  Summer semester
L0 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lectures
0 Exercises
12 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

85 Excellent
75 Very Good
65 Good
55 Acceptable