Wireless Automation: Challenges, Requirements and Applications

Wireless communication has received a great attention since the first wireless voice and music broadcasting in the beginning of the twentieth century. Many applications have been built over wireless platforms such as two-way voice communication, multimedia, monitoring systems, broadband Internet, and recently applications in automation. Actually in the past there were some few applications for wireless automation when wireline was impossible such as in adjusting the satellite in its orbit. Each application has different requirements to achieve its targeted objectives. However, wireless communication may impose several critical challenges to achieve the requirements.

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Recently, there is a great need for using wireless communication in automation.  One example is the monitoring and control of distributed energy systems (e.g., smart grids).

In this course we will touch this important topic from different aspects. Basically the course will be divided into two parts. First part will introduce intensive review for wireless communication including wireless channel problems, multiple access methods, wireless systems and protocols, etc.  This part is important for attendees from different areas than communication. Moreover, it can be refresh material from those who have communication background. In the second part, we will discuss the real challenges of the limitations imposed by wireless communication in closed loop control and automation systems. Moreover, several applications will be introduced as well.


Sign up on Wednesday Jan 22nd at the latest

Schedule and location

Thu January 30th 9.00am - 6.30pm
Fri January 31st 8.30am - 5.00pm

Auditorium Nissi at Tritonia building. Closest parking place can be found at
Yliopistonranta 10 (65200 Vaasa) and the campus map is available at

University of Vaasa


Professor Mohammed Elmusrati, University of Vaasa, Finland.

Emeritus Professor Heikki Koivo, Aalto University, Finland.

Day 1 (Thursday 30.1.) 

Wireless Communication: Limitations, Challenges, and Opportunities
  9:00 – 10:00    Welcome Coffee + Registration
10:00 – 12:30   First Lecture
12:30 – 13:30   Lunch Break*
13:30 – 15:30   Second Lecture
15:30 – 16:00    Break
16:00 – 18:30   Third Lecture

  • Introduction and Definitions
  • What is Modulation and Demodulations
  • Analog Communication
  • Communication Channels (Losses, Shadowing, and Fading)
  • Noise Analysis
  • Digital Communication: Concepts and Benefits
  • Multiple Access Methods: FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, OFDM, and CSMA
  • Channel Capacity
  • Role of Antennas
  • MIMO
  • Communication Performance Measures
  • Communication Receivers
  • Wireless Communication Topology
  • Introduction to Some Communication Systems:


  • Bluetootho    Zigbee
  • WiFi
  • GSM
  • UMTS
  • HSPA
  • LTE
  • WiMAX
  • Cognitive Radios
  • Wireless Impact in closed-loop control
  • Impact of Protocol Delay
  • Impact of Limited Bandwidth
  • Conclusion

Day 2 (Friday 31.1.)    

Wireless Automation Systems
  8:30 –  9:00    Coffee
  9:00 – 11:30    First Lecture
11:30 – 12:30   Lunch Break*
12:30 – 14:30   Second Lecture
14:30 – 15:00   Break
15:00 – 17:00   Third Lecture

  • Introduction
  • Wireless sensor networks: Measurements and data fusion
  • Wireless sensor networks: Clustering, routing, localization and time synchronization
  • Communication constrained control: analysis and design
  • Long range wireless networks for automation


*) Morning coffees include to the seminar. Lunches can be bought at own expense from near restaurants.

Restaurant Cotton Club

Restaurant Buffetti and Mathilda
Café Oscar


This seminar is free-of-charge for INFORTE.fi member organization's staff and their PhD-students. For others the participation fee is 750 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.


Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain credit points. Participation to one day: 1 ECTS, participation to two days: 2 ECTS, participation to two days and homework given at the seminar: 3 ECTS.