Robust Communications and Traffic Analysis


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


The students must have insight in:

  • traffic modelling including heavy tailed behavior
  • renewal processes, self-similar traffic and long-range dependence
  • advanced queuing models, including matrix analytical and matrix exponential models
  • different types of faults that can occur during the operational phase of a communication system
  • dependability concepts; availability & reliability for parallel and serial systems
  • methods for fault-detection and fault-recovery, incl Markov chain models for systems with faults
  • Hidden Markov models for fault detection


Students must be able to

  • apply simple and advanced traffic and queuing models, in performance analysis of real-life traffic systems
  • create realistic traffic models, based on knowledge on the behavior of relevant components including users and applications and/or on knowledge of existing traffic
  • list the different considered faults, how they propagate through the system and assess their severity and occurrence likelihood
  • quantitatively assess the impact of faults on system availability and system reliability
  • apply methods for fault-detection and recovery to complex networked systems, including cyber-physical systems
  • Develop fault tolerant strategies for ensuring the continuation of the system in the presence of faults


The students must be able to

  • select the appropriate queuing and traffic models to be used in the modeling of a specific system, analyse them and apply
  • Select fault-tolerant strategies for a given distributed system.
  • systematically analyze distributed, networked systems and feedback the analysis results into an efficient, fault-tolerant system design

Type of instruction

Types of instruction are listed at the start of ยง17; Structure and contents of the programme.



Name of examRobust Communications and Traffic Analysis
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleRobust kommunikation og trafikanalyse
Module codeESNCTK2K2
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Communication Technology)
Study BoardStudy Board of Electronics and IT
DepartmentDepartment of Electronic Systems
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design