Tietotekniikan laitos

Mobile Systems

last modified Feb 20, 2007 07:55 PM
Professor in charge: Timo Hämäläinen

Mobile systems can be found in a variety of objects ranging from modern trucks to palmtop computers. These information systems often require a different approach compared to "traditional" operating environments. New requirements are set mainly by the scarcity of the available resources, but novel hardware types and system architectures add flavour to the problem as well.

Studying mobile terminals is, however, only one half of the mobile field, for mobile systems require support from fixed systems nearly without exception. This is why the teaching and research fields of mobile systems include also both wired and wireless backbone networks.


The students of mobile systems will encounter a wide range of different operational environments from very limited embedded environments to a more versatile world of portable computers and fast telecommunication networks. All students of mobile systems will take courses on network systems, decentralising of applications, specific operating systems and computational methods needed for the designing of systems. Besides the compulsory courses, the students can choose optional courses in one or several of the above-mentioned fields, according to their own personal interests.


As most university studies, studying mobile systems is based on studying the theory of the field. The theoretical bases of both different technologies and operating situations are covered. However, another important part of the studies is the practical aspect in the form of laboratory assignments.


The most important areas of research are guaranteeing the quality of service of data networks in different environments and finding and transmitting information in both fixed and mobile peer-to-peer networks.