UNIK9290 – Mobility in the Internet and ad-hoc networks

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Course content

The main goal of this course is to provide the students with knowledge on the state-of-the-art technologies within the area of mobility in the Internet, especially ad hoc networking. The course is composed of two parts, mobility management at the IP layer and ad-hoc protocols. While the last part is targeted towards nodes in wireless networks without infrastructure, the first part deals with mobility management in networks with infrastructure.

The course focuses on several advanced topics within the area of wireless ad-hoc networks, where at least one topic can be further developed as the candidate’s research work towards the PhD thesis.

Learning outcome

After completion of the course you will have the following competence:

  • Understanding of the principles on how mobility is dealt with in today’s Internet and mobile networks at four different levels (macro-mobility, micro-mobility, ad-hoc mobility and network mobility)
  • Insight in medium access mechanisms in WLAN and IEEE 802.11-based multi-hop ad-hoc networks
  • Good understanding of 1) routing protocols in ad-hoc networks, especially for reactive and proactive routing protocols, 2) QoS mechanisms in wireless networks and ad hoc networks, 3) the concept and the principle of wireless mesh networks and wireless sensor networks
  • Ability to evaluate system performance through both theoretical analysis and computer simulation
  • Broad knowledge on future wireless networks
  • Awareness of a few new trends within the area of ad-hoc technologies including energy efficiency in sensor networks and topology control
  • In-depth knowledge on at least one specific topic with wireless networks and ad-hoc networks and the ability to further develop algorithms/mechanisms/protocols which can improve system performance for one scenario within this topic


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Recommended previous knowledge

Broad knowledge of internet protocols and architecture.
INF3190 – Data communications (continued).


Lectures (3 hours per week); Exercises: simulation and testbed; Classroom interaction.


Written exam 85%. Simulation assignment 15%.

PhD candidates will be required to submit an essay on a curriculum-related topic. The essay must be passed before the final exam

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)