Course on Wireless Telecommunications Standardisation

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Title: Wireless Telecommunications Standardisation – Procedures and Content 

Size: 6 credits

Course description:

The course aims at providing students with a sound understanding of the steps required to create a telecommunications standard. The course further provides the tools for a student in enabling efficient access to the contents of standards by assessing the various parts of standards, elaborating the parts’ roles in a standard, and providing different angles of approach for implementors and evaluators of a standard. The course will progress in the logical order of telecommunications standard development from identification of a project of interest to the publication of a newly created standard. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Local and Metropolitan Area Network Standardisation Committee (802 LMSC) Working Groups (WGs) Wireless and Personal Area Network (WPAN) and Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) standards development is the main reference standardisation body throughout the course, but also other standards development organisations, such as the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) processes are reviewed.

The course consists of lectures with logical order of themes related to standards development. The lectures consist of an introductory and motivational part of a given theme, a group work analysis and evaluation part on how different standard development projects address the themes, and a conclusion part wrapping up a theme. Learning diaries are used, roughly every other lecture,  instead of exercises to stimulate the self-reflection required in understanding standards and standardisation processes. The course also includes a seminar work carried out in small groups on a selected theme related to telecommunications standards. The seminar works are presented at the end of the course. There will be no end examination. The course is graded based on learning diaries, seminar work, and lecture activity.

Target Audience:

The course is intended for master and doctoral level students, and engineers with the intent on working with telecommunications standards. The students should have a general knowledge on Open Systems Interconnection layers’ 1 (physical layer) and 2 (data link layer) operations as the standardisation focus is on those layers. 

The learning goals for the course are the following:

  1. The student understands what a telecommunications standard is, what it defines, and what aspects are intentionally left out of the standard. Furthermore, the student understands why standards are developed and obtains an understanding on the reasons some standards are successful while others are not.
  2. The student is able to read and comprehend a telecommunications standard and begin implementation or evaluation of it. The student may also be able to express critical thinking over parts of a standard.
  3. The student gains an insight on how telecommunications standards are developed: what are the mandatory ingredients; how are mandatory and optional parts of it identitfied; why are certain items left out.
  4. The student understands the process of creating a telecommunications standard from early interest to standard publication. Among the most important learning goals are:
  • a.     grouping of standards,
  • b.     types of projects: new standard, standard amendment, and recommended practice,
  • c.      various stages of standard development,
  • d.     new standard versus amending a standard, and
  • e.     revision of a standard.

Schedule:

Duration: 13.03. - 30.4.2019

13.03.19 08.30-10.00  MA335
Lecture 1: Introduction to the course: testing students familiarity to the topic; description of expected learning outcomes and evaluation methods; organisation and working methods of the course; presentation of the course learning environment GAFE; and optionally refreshing telecommunications layers 1 and 2 modus operandi.                                                                          

14.03.19  8.30-10.00  TS127
Lecture 2: New standardisation project: Disclosure of a new standardisation interest item; Interest Group formation; Early drafting of project scope and gathering sufficient supporters.

20.03.19  08.30-10.00  MA335
Lecture 3: Study Group: Study Group formation; Circulation of Call for Interest; review responses.                                                                             

21.03.19  08.30-10.00  MA343
Lecture 4:  Project Authorisation: drafting Criteria for Standards Development (CSD) and Project Authorisation Request (PAR).

28.03.19 08.30-10.00  TS101
Lecture 5: Task Group: Forming of a Task Group; Call for Applications and review of responses.

29.03.19 08.30-10.00  TS128
Lecture 6: Target applications of the project: Drafting of technical guidance framework; application selection criteria; coexistence selection criteria.                                                                                  

03.04.19 8.30-10.00  TS101
Lecture 7: Call for technical solutions: Call for Proposals for technical solutions; preliminary and final proposals.

04.04.19 12.15-14.00  TS134
Lecture 8: Baseline: Selecting baseline Proposal(s); building a baseline; and adopting the baseline.

10.04.19  08.30-10.00  TS101
Lecture 9: Draft Creation: Creation of a standard draft for Task Group internal review.

11.04.19 08.30-10.00  TS101
Lecture 10: Review process: Task Group internal review; Work Group Letter Ballot; Sponsor Ballot.

17.04.19 08.30-10.00  TS101
Lecture 11:  Comment resolution and approval: Task Group, Work Group letter ballot, Sponsor ballot.                                                                                   
    

18.04.19  08.30-10.00  TS101
Lecture 12: Recirculation ballots: Work Group, Sponsor.

24.04.19 08.30-10.00  TS101
Lecture 13: Finalisation of the standard process: Submission to Executive Committee and RevCom.

25.04.19 08.30-10.00  TS127
Lecture 14: Seminar Work presentations #1.

29.04.19 ma 14.15-16.00  TS101
Lecture 15: Seminar Work presentations #2.

30.04.19  ti 08.30-10.00  TS101
Lecture 16: Feedback lecture and recapturing the standardisation process.

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