Principles of Digital Communications


Instructor Ruediger Urbanker
Office INR 116
Phone +41 21 69 37692
Office Hours By appointment
Teaching Assistant Mani Bastani Parizi
Office INR 032
Office Hours By appointment
Teaching Assistant Rajai Nasser
Office INR 141
Office Hours By appointment
Student Assistant Sepand Kashani-Akhavan
Student Assistant Imen Hassayoun
Student Assistant Yoann Ponti


Lectures Wednesday 15:15 – 18:00 (Room: INM202)
  Friday 10:15 – 13:00 (Room: INM202)


Language:   English
Credits :   6 ECTS


See the course information.

Special Announcements

  • Please make sure that you have registered for the course on IS-Academia so that you can access the lecture notes on Nota Bene.
  • You can find a tutorial video on how to use Nota Bene here
  • Your midterm quiz will take place on Friday, April 22, 2016, at 10:15am in rooms INM200 and INM202.
    • This is a closed book exam but you are allowed to bring one single-sided A4 handwritten sheet of summary with you.
  • Your final exam will take place on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 12:15pm in room CM1120.
    • This is a closed book exam but you are allowed to bring one double-sided A4 handwritten sheet of summary with you.


  • Please find instructions about your final project here.
  • You should register your groups at latest by Wednesday, May 4.
  • You will present your projects on Friday, June 3.
  • You can download a sample interference signal from .
  • Here is a sample text file that you will be given during the competition.
  • is another sample interference signal and is a third exmple.

Detailed Schedule

Date Topics Covered Reading Assignment Exercises Solutions  
Feb 24 Background on Probability hw1.pdf hw1_sol.pdf  
Feb 26 Chapter 1 [1.2–1.6]
Chapter 2 [2.1–2.2.1]
Mar 2 Binary Hypothesis Testing hw2.pdf hw2_sol.pdf  
Mar 4 Chapter 2 [2.2.2–2.4]
Mar 9 m-ary Hypothesis Testing,
Discrete-Time AWGN Channel
hw3.pdf hw3_sol.pdf  
Mar 11 Chapter 2 [2.5–2.7]  
Mar 16 Sufficient Statistic,
Error Probability Bounds
hw4.pdf hw4_sol.pdf  
Mar 18 Chapter 2 [2.12],
Chapter 3 [3.1–3.4]
Mar 23 Continuous-Time AWGN Channel   hw5.pdf hw5_sol.pdf  
Apr 6  
Apr 8 Chapter 3 [3.5–3.7, 3.9] hw6.pdf hw6_sol.pdf  
Apr 13 Alternative Receiver Architectures hw7.pdf hw7_sol.pdf  
Apr 15 Chapter 4 [4.1–4.3]  
Apr 20 Isometric Transformations hw8.pdf hw8_sol.pdf  
Apr 22 Midterm Quiz Chapter 4 [4.4–4.7] midterm.pdf midsol.pdf  
Apr 27 Scalability   hw9.pdf hw9_sol.pdf  
Apr 29   Chapter 5 [5.1–5.4]      
May 4 Power Spectral Density
Nyquist Criterion
  hw10.pdf hw10_sol.pdf  
May 6   Chapter 5 [5.5,5.6,5.8]
Chapter 6 [6.1–6.3]
May 11 Root-Raised-Cosine Family
Eye Diagrams
Convolutional Codes
Viterbi Algorithm
  hw11.pdf hw11_sol.pdf  
May 13   Chapter 6 [6.4–6.5]      
May 18 Bit-error Probability
of Convolutional Codes
  hw12.pdf hw12_sol.pdf  
May 20   Chapter 7 [7.1–7.4]      
May 25 Passband Communication   hw13.pdf hw13_sol.pdf  
May 27  
Jun 1 Mock Final Exam mock-final.pdf mock-final_sol.pdf  
Jun 3 Project  


B. Rimoldi, Principles of digital communication: a top-down approach. Cambridge University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9781107116450

  • An online version of the book (not printable and without exercises) is available on Nota Bene to the students registered for the course.
  • If you prefer to have a hard-copy (full version including exercises) you may order it on