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Tentative Timetable

Updated: February 24th, 2006 (at 00:50)

All lectures and lab sessions will take place in the ARPL Laboratory, ground floor of ICTP Galileo Guest House.
For updates, news and announcements please visit the Wiki

First Week (6—11 Feb. 2006):

Monday, 6 Feb. 2006: Opening

09:00—12:00Registration and administrative matters
Galileo Guest House- second floor ("meeting room")
12:00—14:00lunch break
14:00—14:15Opening Ceremony
14:15—15:00Eight years of School on Wireless Networking
(lecture notes: PDF-2.5MB and HTML-4MB)
Sandro M. Radicella (ICTP-ARPL, Italy)
15:00—15:452006 School on Wireless Networking for Development
(PDF-576KB and HTML-2MB)
Ryszard Struzak (ITU, Switzerland, ret.)
15:45—16:00Introduction to Laboratory, Safety and Wiki
(PDF-1.6MB and HTML-1.4MB)
Marco Zennaro and Carlo Fonda (ICTP-ARPL, Italy)
16:30—17:00Introduction to the ICTP computer system
Johannes Grassberger (ICTP-SCS, Italy)

Tuesday, 7 Feb. 2006: Introduction

9:00—10:00"dB Units and Calculations"
(PDF-184KB and HTML-1.6MB)
10:20—11:20"Interference and co-existence"
(PDF-500KB and HTML-2.7MB)
11:20—11:50"Introduction to Open Source"
(PDF-524KB and HTML-1.5MB)
11:50—12:20"Introduction to Ubuntu Linux"
(HTML-160KB and ZIP-145KB)
Tomas Krag (, Denmark)
12:20—14:00lunch break
14:00—16:00LAB: "Introduction to Laboratory equipment"
16:30—18:30LAB: "Intro to Linux and Linux Installation"
19:30Get-together party (Main Building Cafeteria)

Wednesday, 8 Feb. 2006: Basics of e.m.

9:00—10:00"Radiocommunication Channel and Digital Modulation: Basics"
(PDF-804KB and HTML-4MB)
10:20—11:20"Radiocommunication Channel and Digital Modulation: Basics"
(PDF-804KB and HTML-4MB)
11:20—12:20"Comparative Use of Unlicensed Radio Spectrum"
(HTML-960KB and ZIP-412KB)
Rob Flickenger (Metrix, USA) (video)
12:20—14:00lunch break
14:00—16:00LAB: "E.M. Measurements"
16:30—18:30LAB: "E.M. Measurements"

Thursday, 9 Feb. 2006 WiFi hardware

9:00—10:00"WiFi Overview"
10:20—11:20"WiFi networking architecture"
(HTML-1MB and ZIP-484KB)
R.Flickenger (video)
11:20—12:20"WiFi Hardware examples"
12:20—14:00lunch break
14:00—16:00LAB: "WiFi Hardware Setup"
16:30—18:30LAB: "WiFi Hardware Setup"

Friday, 10 Feb. 2006: E.M. Spectrum - Wireless Networks

9:00—10:00"Spectrum Management and Regulatory Issues"
(PDF-468KB and HTML-4.9MB)
10:20—11:20"WiFi channel management"
(HTML-956KB and ZIP-580KB)
11:20—12:20"Network monitoring and management in Linux"
T.Krag (video)
12:20—14:00lunch break
14:00—16:00LAB: "WiFi Networks Setup"
16:30—18:30LAB: "WiFi Networks Setup"

Second week (13—18 Feb. 2006):

Monday, 13 Feb. 2006: Antennas

9:00—10:00"Basic Antenna Theory"
R.Struzak (video)
10:20—11:20"Basic Antenna Theory"
11:20—12:20"DIY WiFi Antennas"
(HTML-2.4MB and ZIP-2.1MB)
R.Flickenger (video)
12:20—14:00lunch break
14:00—16:00LAB: "Antenna Building"
16:30—18:30LAB: "Measurements on Antennas"

Tuesday, 14 Feb. 2006: Long distance links

9:00—10:00"Radiopropagation basics"
(PDF-3MB and HTML-6.8MB)
R.Struzak (video)
10:20—11:20"Link Budget calculation"
M.Zennaro (video)
11:20—12:20"Software for Wireless Link Design: Radio Mobile"
Ermanno Pietrosemoli (ULA-EsLaRed, Venezuela) (video)
12:20—14:00lunch break
14:00—16:00LAB: "Simulation of long distance links with software"
16:30—18:30LAB: "Planning and preparation of outdoor activities"

Wednesday, 15 Feb. 2006: Field activites

9:00—12:30"Long distance links implementation"
(outdoor activity)
12:30—14:00lunch break
14:00—16:00LAB: "Review of the morning activities"
16:30—18:30LAB: "Review of the morning activities"

Thursday, 16 Feb. 2006: Design and setup of a "Wireless Site"

9:00—10:00"Site Survey and Antenna Mounting Considerations"
E.Pietrosemoli (video)
10:20—11:20"Powering Issues"
E.Pietrosemoli (video)
11:20—12:20"Community Network Installations"
(HTML-16.1MB and ZIP-15.5MB)
R.Flickenger (video)
12:20—14:00lunch break
14:00—15:00LAB: "Tower mounting"
15:00—16:00LAB: "Setup of a Wireless site"
16:30—17:30LAB: "Powering a Wireless site"
17:30—18:30"Wireless for Rural Development"
(HTML-500Kb and ZIP-400Kb)
T.Krag (video)

Friday, 17 Feb. 2006: Security

9:00—10:00"WiFi Security"
(see following lecture for lecture notes)
R.Flickenger (video)
10:20—11:20"WiFi Security (continued)"
(HTML-4.2MB and ZIP-3.4MB)
11:20—12:20"Security tools"
(see previous lecture for lecture notes)
12:20—14:00lunch break
14:00—15:00"Introduction to Mesh Networks"
(PDF-1.1MB and OOo-2.5MB)
T.Krag (video)
15:00—16:00LAB: "Exercises with Mesh Networks and Security"
16:30—18:30LAB: "Exercises with Mesh Networks and Security"

Third week (20—25 Feb. 2006):

Monday, 20 Feb. 2006: Economic planning

9:00—10:00"Frontiers of Radiocommunications and ICT Public Policies for Development"
presented by R.Struzak
Original lecture notes by William Luther (FCC, USA):
  • Frontiers of Radiocommunications (PDF-668KB)
  • ICT Impact on Developing Countries (PDF-888KB)
  • ICT Public Policies for Development (PDF-48KB)
  • Six Principles of Spectrum Management (PDF-76KB)
  • UltraWide Bandwidth Communications (PDF-859KB)
  • ICT Development Policies (PDF-84KB)
  • Regulatory Best Practices (PDF-52KB)
10:20—12:20"Economic Planning"
Giovanni Repici (Telecom Italia, Italy, ret.)


12:20—14:00lunch break
14:00—16:00LAB: "Exercises with outdoor nodes, mesh and security"
16:30—18:30LAB: "Exercises with outdoor nodes, mesh and security"

Tuesday, 21 Feb. 2006: advanced topics

9:00—9:30"Indoor radio coverage measurement"
(PDF-1.5MB and HTML-2.5MB)
R.Struzak (video)
Additional documentation:
9:30—10:00"Software for antenna design"
M.Zennaro (video)
10:20—12:20"Voice over IP"
(PDF-372KB and HTML-1.6MB)
Stephen Okay (Inveneo, USA) (video)
12:20—14:00lunch break
14:00—16:00LAB: "Exercises on VoIP"
16:30—18:30LAB: "Preparation of outdoor activities - Competition"

Wednesday, 22 Feb. 2006: Outdoor activities - Competition

9:00—13:30"Link GGH-Muggia - Outdoor activity"
13:30—15:00lunch break
15:00—16:00LAB: "Review of the outdoor activities and competition"
16:30—18:30Setup and demo of the INVENEO prototype system

Thursday, 23 Feb. 2006: Broadband technologies

9:00—10:00Free time for administrative matters
(PDF-2.7MB and HTML-5.3MB)
Clemens H. Cap (Univ. of Rostock, Germany) (video to be added)
12:20—14:00lunch break
14:00—14:30Opening of the "Round Table on 'North-South and South-South Cooperation in ICT for Development'"
Kastler Lecture Hall, AGH
14:30—18:00Presentations of Case studies
Kastler Lecture Hall, AGH
  • "ICT in Healtcare: Computer network applications in an Healtcare Institution in India" (PDF-2.1MB)
    by Ragu Kumar, India and Giovanni Repici, Italy
  • "Building an ICT Infrastructure in a hilly landscape: How the challenge can be met? The Case of the National University of Rwanda" (PDF-436KB)
    by Nkurikiyimfura K. Didier, Rwanda
  • "Zambia Electronic Perinatal Record System (ZEPRS)" (PDF-580KB and additional PDF-260KB)
    by Pablo Destefanis, Argentina
  • "Networking at the University of Khartoum" (PDF-668KB)
    by Hessian Salma Ahmed, Sudan
  • "Activity Measurements in Ant Colonies. The wireless perspective." (PDF-2.3MB)
    by Claro Noda, Cuba
  • "Research experience with special types of Wireless Networks (MANeT & Sensor Networks)" (PDF-1.8MB)
    by O.P. Vyas, India
18:00—18:30Quiz for the Competition (PDF-148KB)

Friday, 24 Feb. 2006: Closing

9:00—10:00Review of the Lab Reports and Measurements of Cantenna performances
10:20—11:00Closing of the Competition
11:00—12:30Free time for clearance and administrative matters
12:30—14:00lunch break
14:00—16:00Presentations of Case studies:
  • "A wireless solution in North of Argentina: Tafi del Valle's Project" (PDF-3.2MB)
    by Joaquin Lopez, Argentina
  • "Fighting the digital divide: Polytechnic of Milan experience"
    by Stefano Scotti, Italy
  • "Collaboration between I2IT and ICTP"
    by Ravindra P.Joshi, India
  • "The activities of Inveneo in Developing Countries" (PDF-888KB)
    by Stephen Okay, USA
  • "Wireless Networking in Latin America: 15 years of experience" (PDF-3MB)
    by Ermanno Pietrosemoli, Venezuela (presented by C.Fonda)
16:30—17:00Final discussion and review
17:00—17:30Closing Ceremony and Certificates