Assistant Professor Alan Marchiori


Course Description

A multitude of low-power (and cost) wireless technologies are becoming ubiquitous within our society. These include smartphones (i.e., wifi), bluetooth peripherals (audio, biometric sensing), and smartcards (access control, cashless payment). Other less widely known technologies are driving new innovations in smart cities, smart grid, eHealth, environmental monitoring, energy and water resource metering, security, logistics, industrial control, agriculture, and farming. This course will explore the fundamental ideas that enable low-power/cost wireless technologies. In lab, students will work in groups to develop a new wireless device, product, or service.

Course Objectives

By the end of the semester:
  • Students will understand and be able to explain the layers and functionality of a network protocol stack for a low-cost wireless system.
  • Students will be able to design and implement a complete wireless communications system.
  • Students will understand and use wireless communication terminology such as: signal strength, RF channel, packet reception rate, low power listening, duty cycle, packet, acknowledgement, connection, router, gateway, etc.


CSCI206 or ELEC347 or permission of the instructor. This course requires significant low-level systems knowledge. This includes C programming and a basic understanding of networking and concurrency. If you think you have these skills but have not taken CSCI206 or ELEC347, see me for permission.


None. Regular required readings will be assigned; see the schedule.


Section Days Time Location
CSCI379-01 MWF 9:00am – 9:52am Breakiron Engineering 164

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As a student and citizen of the Bucknell University community:
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  2. I will forthrightly oppose each and every instance of academic dishonesty.
  3. I will let my conscience guide my decision to communicate directly with any person or persons I believe to have been dishonest in academic work.
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