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Education & Training

Online Course

23 September 2020 - 9:00 am to 4:30 pm EDT

Registration closes on 21 September 2020 at 5:00pm EDT

Online via WebEx


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Course Description

This course will provide a comprehensive and up to date review of theory and practical implementations of optical wireless communications (OWC).  In recent years, constant demand by the end users for bandwidth in mobile communications to support a number of broadband wireless services such as mobile videophones, video conferencing and  high-speed Internet access for various every day and business applications is growing. High quality multimedia services in the next decade will require much higher bandwidth than that which exists today. Free Space Optical (FSO) Wireless Communication (OWC) is the most reliable, flexible and viable wireless option, which also makes it very attractive for incorporating with the emerging 5G wireless communications and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Fundamentals of Optical Wireless Communications will be covered with special emphasis on technologies and techniques in achieving high bandwidth (much higher than what exists today by RF communications). The instructor will discuss the OWC systems analysis and design issues in order to address a number of challenges, such as atmospheric turbulence, mobility and security, and options relevant to future optical wireless communication terminals, such as LEO, Intersatellite and Constellation of Satellites (Small and CubeSat LaserCom), and Underwater OWC. The course will also cover Optical Wireless Communication with recent Visible Light Communications (VLC) technology.

A technology solution for accomplishing the future "All-Optical" methods and techniques for accomplishing global Internet connectivity will be discussed.  This course will also cover the communication channel effects for each of the uniquely different channels of Terrestrial, Space, Satellite and Underwater, in order to accomplish “All Optical” Communications.

Who Should Attend

The course will provide an intermediate to advanced level of instruction for engineering professionals, instructors, researchers, students, and software and hardware developers from academia and industry interested in or working on OWC. Individuals who desire to gain a greater technical depth (from fundamentals to advanced applications) and have a need to assess this emerging technology and design OWC system for their applications will be interested in this course.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants should understand the:

  • Basic knowledge of the theory and principles of optical wireless communications (OWC), and ability to perform OWC system analysis
  • Basic system design  along with fundamental design concepts with various access networks and Internet connectivity
  • Degradation in system performance as a function of various atmospheric Turbulence and Scattering parameters and various mitigation techniques to counter them
  • Technology issues that involve transmission of optical/laser energy through the atmosphere, focusing, pointing, tracking, and signal detection processes for achieving multi-Gigabit/sec data rate performance for OWC with access networks
  • OWC Transceiver Design; Modulation, Detection, and Coding Technologies; Radio Over FSO (RoFSO) System; Link Analysis and Bit Error Rate (BER) for Indoor, Terrestrial, Airborne and Satellite Platforms, and Underwater OWC Links
  • OWC and All-Optical Technology for Global Internet Connectivity: OWC for Satellites-LEO, Inter-Satellite and Constellation of Small Satellites and CubeSats OWC.
  • OWC role in 5G deployments and IoT
  • Secure communications in OWC, Quantum Communication in Atmospheric OWC

Course Content

Below is an outline of topics covered in this course. 

  • Introduction to OWC: Wired vs. Wireless Communications. Free-Space Optics (FSO) vs. Radio Frequency (RF) Wireless Communications
  • Types and Various Multiple Access Schemes: Fixed vs. Mobile Communications. Multiple-Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Optical Wireless Systems. Applications to Cellular Systems:  Code-division-multiple-access (CDMA) and Frequency-division multiple access (FDMA) schemes
  • Optical Wireless Communications Theory: Different FSO Transmitting Beams. Theory of Free-Space Optical Communication Signal Propagation through Atmospheric Channel. Flowchart for OWC System Performance Evaluation. Link Analysis Calculation: Parameters influencing the link.
  • Atmospheric Effects and Mitigation Techniques Applicable to OWC Systems: FSO Channel Models and Characterization. Performance Analysis in presence of Atmospheric Turbulence and Scattering Media. Various Mitigation Techniques for improving atmospheric optical communication performance
  • Optical Wireless Communications Systems: Block Diagram with Subsystems, their functions and recent developments of optical sources, techniques, detectors and Optical Networks. Optical Wireless Transceiver Design
  • Modulation, Detection, and Coding Techniques for OWC. Digital Communication System: Modulation and Demodulation. Modulation Schemes in OWC including Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM). Detection methods in OWC system. Channel Capacity and Coding for FSO Communication Links.
  • OWC System Performance. FSO Wireless Access Networks, Metro, Access Network Technologies. Link Availability, Reliability and Margin. OWC Link Performance Bit-Error-Rate (BER), Link Analysis in presence of Atmospheric Turbulence. Examples (Indoor, Terrestrial, Airborne and Satellite Platforms): Short-Range and Long-Range Links, Slant Communication Channel Path.
  • Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS), Ultraviolet and Indoor OWC.  NLOS Optical Wireless Communications. Indoor and Outdoor OWC: various scenarios and applications. UV Communications.
  • Visible Light-based Optical Wireless Communications.  Different applications VLC-based OWC address. Visible light technologies: VLC and LiFi, Channel Modeling. VLC links.
  • Optical Wireless Communications Applications. Examples and Performance of Ultra Short, Short, Medium, Long and Ultra Long Range OWC Applications.  Indoor, Terrestrial, Airborne and Satellite Platforms): Short-Range and Long-Range Links, Slant Communication Channel Path. Disaster recovery. Fiber communications backup. Video conferencing. Links in difficult terrains. Intelligent transport system (car-to-car Communications, ground-to-train communications). Optical Wireless Communications from Space to Optical Chips. Optical Computer.
  • Secure Free-Space Optical Wireless Communications: Development and Implementation of Secure Atmospheric Optical Communication Links Chaos-based and Quantum Communication-based.
  • OWC for Global Internet Connectivity: OWC for Satellites
  • Underwater Optical Wireless Communications: Underwater Channel for Underwater Link Geometries for Calculating Optical Signal reaching the receiver. Satellite-to-Underwater Optical communication.
  • Conclusions and Next Future Trend in OWC, Potential Directions and the Possibilities

Course Materials

Each registered participant receives a copy of instructor slides and access to the recording of the course for 20 business days after the live lecture. Earn 0.6 IEEE Continuing Education Units for participating.

Upon registration, you will automatically be emailed the WebEx invitation for the course session, but you will also be sent a reminder message to join the WebEx session prior to the start of the course. Course materials will be emailed to you and will be available for download from the WebEx session page for this course, the day prior to the scheduled course date.

Course Cancellation and Refund Policy: Requests for online course cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to the course date for a full refund. Once course materials have been shared with a participant, a cancellation request cannot be accommodated.

Contact Us

For general inquiries and technical support, contact Tara McNally, Certification and Professional Education Manager.

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