Project in Wireless Communications

In the second year of Wireless communications master program, students must do a project that extends for 2 study periods, the project is divided into several tasks to build your reliable OFDM wireless system step by step. However, the final result will be transmitting an image or a text from one laptop to another using the sound frequency, Speakers will act as the transmitters and the microphone will be the receiver part. Off course this task has to be implemented by software (Matlab is most preferably) and cyclic redundancy check (CRC) codes must be used to assure an error free data transmission.

The timing of the project is perfect, after finishing multiple mandatory courses that build a concrete foundation for students in wireless communications systems. Furthermore, finishing this task will give students a great boost before starting their thesis.

So if you heard dolphins sounds coming out of speakers in the E-huset and electrical engineers going crazy about it, it’s nothing to be afraid of.

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Countdown to Lucia

As the different winter festivals are approaching, I today tried to make a popular Swedish pastry, Lussebullar, on my own. They do not really look like the original ones, but they taste great. Have a look:

It has also been the first time for me to buy the world’s most expensive spice – Saffron. It feels like one is almost buying something illegal, as it’s unter-the-counter ware in most supermarkets in order to avoid theft. Three weeks from now, the Lucia celebrations will take place – it’s a great tradition you sure do not want do miss.

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Thesis “fever”

The master thesis process has officially started. The spring semester will be fully dedicated to the thesis project, however, it is as early as mid-November that students hand in a preliminary thesis outline. These past weeks have been filled with intense reading, brainstorming, and exploration, as we have been working on identifying the thesis topic and drafting initial research aim, question and methodology.

It seems as if the master thesis is what all my friends and acquaintances at Lund University are thinking and talking about these days, despite the faculty where they are studying. This first milestone of compiling an outline has mobilized all of us and we have already started to get a feeling of the final semester.

The thesis project is a major research undertaking and undoubtedly the culmination of the two-year master’s programme. I am looking forward to researching and writing about a topic that I feel passionate about and will keep you updated on the thesis writing process.

Take care,

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Taking part in social life

Do you wonder how to…

  • expose oneself to a lot of spoken Swedish
  • get to know locals and
  • have a lot of fun?

There are tons of free-time activities in Lund that can provide you with that. If you’re interested in speaking Swedish, you should not hesitate to join the open sessions that most of the clubs and activities offer in the first weeks of a term – even if they are sometimes only promoted in Swedish. The activities may be in some way associated with student unions, but there are also a lot of clubs that are independent. You can find a list of some of the activities in Lund here.

I joined for example LTH-kören, the choir at LTH, where not only students of LTH sing together. Are you interested what we have done the past weeks? If you’re in Lund, you can actually listen to us on November 25th – find more information here.


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Laboratory work


One of the things I really like about LTH and my programme is that the research going on is excellent and one can learn many new techniques and methods currently used. Some of the courses in the biotechnology programme include interesting laboratory work and the labs are well-equipped (picture below shows one of the student labs where lab exercises are held).

This past week I have started an Advanced course in one of our divisions, as part of the last semester in my second masters year. This advanced course can be done by working on a current research project in one research group for 10 weeks and then writing a report and presenting the work as well. I am learning a lot and I find the work very insightful for getting to know how research work is carried out in reality. It may also help in deciding the topic for my master thesis. I really recommend it!


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“The Dark Side of Sweden”





Winter is coming, days are now considerably shorter even here, in the south of Sweden. Once I came to school early in the morning to prepare for the review, when it was still dark, and finished when it was already dark outside. This might seem depressing, but think about the streets illumination, popping up all over the town! Swedish Christmas stars will soon appear in every second window!

At last, we’ll be rewarded when light returns towards February.. As for me, I’m only concerned about the final presentation in December (like all my classmates). When busy, there’s no time to get upset 🙂

Take care!


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Field trip

Study visits have always been my favorite part in the courses. The ability to connect between the theory part and what really happens in the real world, thus comprehend better what you study. Also it is nice to get out of class of course ;).
Last year, during the urban water course we had the chance of two field trips, one to the wastewater treatment and the other for the drinking water treatment. Both of them were really amazing, the process engineers at the plants were patiently explaining every step of the process and answering all the questions. Me and my classmates were enjoying the field trip,  some of us were not familiar with the chemistry ,the sanitary engineering or have a tangible experience with them, thus the field trip was very useful in understanding. In the following lectures we were able to follow the lecturer smoothly through the different process cause we linked it with what we saw at the treatment plants.
Furthermore we got a general knowledge of what is expected from us if we want to work at the treatment plants and what are the required knowledge for such positions.
*Picture from last year field trip

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Career Fair Days – ARKAD

Hey guys,

Today I am going to talk about ARKAD, the biggest career fair of Scandinavia.

It is held every year in the middle of November at LTH and it lasts two days. Not only it gives you the chance to get in contact with some company representatives, it also gives you an insight about internships and master thesis opportunities. In addition to it, being a student at LTH, you can apply to work as a host or coordinator.

I worked as a company host last year and it was quite fun. I was assigned a company, so I helped them settle at the location and basically was acting as a bridge between the company and the organization group, helping them with whatever was missing. All in all you get some work done, while being able to visit all the other company’s booths. There is also a banquet that is offered for the workers and the company representatives, which is quite fancy. Other people may also attend, but they have to pay for their entrance ticket.

This year I will be working as a lunch host. The event will be happening on November 15-16th, so more details will come later.

Hope you guys can attend it,


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Winter Is Coming

Hey hey!

Here in Lund, since the clocks went back and winter is beginning to arrive (as is evident from my very Game of Thrones title), it is now dark more than it is light. This presents some interesting quirks that as a Scot (from further north than here) I am overly familiar with but still never get used to. The sun rising on the way to class is something that will start soon, but will only be fleeting until we begin arriving when it’s not daylight yet. Already it gets dark well before we leave the SUDes studios in the afternoon, with the sun setting around 16:00.

Many arriving students from other parts of the world will not be used to this, as I am sure some of my fellow ambassadors can confirm. There’s always that one student who has never seen or touched real snow before and that moment when they light up is enough to make anyone’s heart melt. However with 25 years of experience I still struggle to get through the dark winter and it really kills my mood and motivation. It’s a giant hill to climb over with deadlines when all you want to do is hibernate until spring…

8am snowballs outside IKDC, 2016-11-09.

During the past week just gone last year, during our first ever mid-crit of masters, it was the first snow of that winter in Lund. It did not last very long (a few days), but came roaring back in December for finals. The fact that this extended period of darkness (no snow yet this year) comes with the giant workload leading to finals is a double-whammy of negativity. My advice? Brave (embrace?) the cold and keep going to classes and design studios, otherwise the temptation to cocoon in blankets and duvets will be too great. Get out into those few hours of sunlight to get that necessary vitamin D, take a walk to the frozen campus lake, but don’t forget the coat, scarf and gloves! It’s also at this point that people begin missing home the most (I know I do), so video-call your families, make all the comfort foods, whap out the candles and jumpers and host/attend pot-luck dinners. Book your flights home, or alternatively make some winter travel plans with friends, as something to look forward to. Hit up nation lunches and pubs, organise socials, movie nights, everything. Last year, I cycled through ice and a snowstorm just to meet friends at a nation pub for dinner. Literally do anything to maintain motivation while maintaining a life and good quality breaks amongst the dark void that is work, and stave off that pesky Seasonal Affective Disorder (forcibly named to make sure the acronym is SAD) that comes with Nordic winter student life. Everyone is different, make sure you and your friends are dealing with it well. This and more is all for you applicants out there to look forward to!

As the almost ubiquitous Bear Grylls meme tells us, “Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.” because indeed whether we’re ready or not, “Winter is Coming” =)

Joe x

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Thesis Night

Probably the biggest challenge for any master student is to find a thesis, whether is it going to be from the university or a company. But I must admit not in Lund, a large number of companies in the city makes finding a thesis an interesting task. Especially, when the companies are competing to propose their ideas in a new fashion.

Last week a fast-evolving company offered students a Thesis night, where they selected a number of students based on their programs and first sign first served policy. During the evening they offered a tour of the departments and explained more about each section, and where the responsible people in each department revealed the thesis they had in mind. After that, we finished with a dinner together with developers, student coordinators, and managers.

I believe that doing similar events to release their theses instead of just posting them on their website is a great way to attract students. and that type of creativity you see in Lund every day.

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