Next-Generation IEEE 802.11 standards

1st year
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Periklis Chatzimisios


Basic knowledge of wireless communications, including radio-wave propagation, modulation/coding, MIMO, multiplexing, and multiple access techniques.

Pedagogical objectives:

The purpose of this course is to bridge the gap between the widely adopted IEEE 802.11 variants and the recently developed or under development amendments, focusing on three major technical aspects, i.e., the Physical layer (PHY), the Medium Access Control (MAC) layer, and the new usage models and applications in the coming years.

Evaluation modalities:

Written exams, project/lab reports, and short in-class quizzes. A project assignment to perform after the STC execution will also be evaluated.


The course presents the fundamental characteristics of recently released and forthcoming new IEEE 802.11 standards. It starts with an introduction to the IEEE standardization procedure, followed by a review of the 802.11 MAC layer basics and a short description of current 802.11 amendments (PHY and MAC). Next, it focuses on the most significant new amendments, their features, and the corresponding use cases in future wireless communications.


  • Introduction to IEEE 802.11.
  • IEEE 802.11 basics.
  • IEEE 802.11be – Enhancements for Extremely High Throughput (Wi-Fi 7).
  • IEEE 802.11bn – Ultra High Reliability (Wi-Fi 8).
  • IEEE 802.11bd – Enhancements for Next Generation V2X.
  • IEEE 802.11bb – Light Communications.
  • IEEE 802.11bf – Enhancements for Wireless LAN Sensing.
  • Future directions and conclusion.

Required teaching material

Book for IEEE 802.11 basics: • Next Generation Wireless LANs (Second Edition) by Perahia and Stacey For IEEE 802.11be: • IEEE 802.11be: Wi-Fi 7 Strikes Back - Garcia-Rodriguez, Lopez-Perez, Galati-Giordano, and Geraci For IEEE 802.11bn: • What Will Wi-Fi 8 Be? A Primer on IEEE 802.11bn Ultra High Reliability - Galati-Giordano, Geraci, Carrascosa and Bellalta ( For IEEE 802.11bb: • Current Status and Challenges of Li-Fi - IEEE 802.11bb by Khorov and Levitsky ( For IEEE 802.11bf: • Toward Integrated Sensing and Communications in IEEE 802.11bf Wi-Fi Networks - Meneghello, Cordeiro and Restuccia ( [software license] depends on the software we will use for the lab tool development [computing/cloud resources] Access to the Moodle platform of AI4CI. Virtual machine resources for the simulation environment in the AI4CI cloud. [devices] Laptop or desktop computer with network access [urls] If the lab tool is online we probably need to identify the url here [Additional] Zoom or other platform for synchronous lectures Lessons’ recording

Teaching volume:
20 hours
Supervised lab:
4 hours
6 hours


  • Laboratory-Based Course Structure
  • Open-Source Software Requirements