The University of Western Australia
School of Computer Science and Software Engineering

School of Computer Science and Software Engineering

CITS4419 Mobile and Wireless Computing


18 August 2017 Details for the research report assessment are now available from the Schedule page. I will bring some paper copies to the lecture on Tuesday. The lab on Wednesday is for students to start work on this assessment and to catch up on any unfinished reports.
28 July 2017 In the first class, I will ask students to complete a survey so I can learn more about your backgrounds and what you would like to gain from taking this unit. The survey is now open for responses. Here is a link to the survey. You can take the survey more than once if you think of more things later ;-)
20 July 2017 This year we will be using Smart Cities as a motivating example for illustrating topics in wireless and mobile computing. I highly recommended as background study the free Coursera short course Smart Cities - management of Smart Urban Infrastructures by Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. See
20 July 2017 Welcome to the Mobile and Wireless Computing unit for 2017. The first lecture for CITS4419 is on Tuesday 1st August from 11am to 1pm in RBST G16 (Robert Street Lecture Theatre opposite CSSE). There are no labs in week 1. These web pages are in the process of being updated. 2017 material will be available soon.


Wireless computing technologies are core for visionary technologies such as the Internet of Things or Cyber-Physical Systems and application domains such as Smart Production, Smart Cities, Smart Homes and Connected Cars. The current growth in affordable wireless computing devices presents many exciting opportunities and challenges. This unit introduces topics fundamental to the study of mobile and wireless computing.

In 2017 the unit will focus on sensor networks and the technologies that support them. Examples from the field of smart cities will be used to illustrate these topics.

Unit coordinator: Associate Professor Rachel Cardell-Oliver
Consultation: Tuesdays 1pm to 2pm in CSSE Rm 1.20


Students must attend the two hour lecture on Tuesdays and a two-hour lab/tutorial each week. Depending on student numbers the Friday lab session may be cancelled.
Note: There are no lab sessions in the first week.

Type Time Day Location
Lecture 11 am to 1 pm Tuesday RBST: Robert Street Lecture Theatre
Laboratory 3pm to 5pm Wednesday (12-2 Friday, 2.01 TBA)CSSE:2.05


Students have a sound understanding of the scientific and engineering fundamentals of wireless adhoc networks and the opportunities they provides for a diverse range of computing applications. Students appreciate the professional and ethical responsibilities they hold in deploying and using wireless networks, and are aware of the growing role that wireless networks have in a global and societal context. The goal of the unit is to provide students with an opportunity to undertake problem identification, analysis and solution and to apply these skills to the field of wireless sensor network computing. The unit provides the foundation for development of in-depth competence in this field, and encourages lifelong learning as wireless computing becomes more pervasive.


The assessment for CITS4419 comprises a research essay, a group programming project and a final exam.

Assessment % of final mark Assessment Dates
Research Essay 25% 1pm Friday September 22nd (wk 8)
Design Assignment 25% 1pm Wednesday October 25th (wk 12)
Exam 50% November