Principles of Digital Communications


Instructor Emre Telatar
Office INR 117
Phone +41 21 69 37693
Office Hours By appointment
Teaching Assistant Elie Najm
Office INR 141
Office Hours By appointment
Teaching Assistant Rajai Nasser
Office INR 141
Office Hours By appointment
Student Assistant Pierre Quinton
Student Assistant Arno Schneuwly
Student Assistant Timon Zimmermann


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.
  • First quiz to take place on Wednesday, March 22nd 2017 at 15.15 pm. The quiz will cover chapters 1 and 2 as well as sections 3.1 and 3.2.
  • Your midterm exam will take place on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 15:15 pm in room CO2. You are allowed to have a 2-sided handwritten A4 cheat sheet.
  • Second quiz to take place on Wednesday, May 17th 2017 at 15:15 pm. The quiz will cover chapters 4 [4.4-4.7], chapter 5 and chapter 6 [6.1-6.3].
  • The final exam will take place on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at 8:15 a.m. in rooms INM 202 and INM 203. The final is comprehensive and covers all the material in the course. You are allowed to have a 2-sided handwritten A4 cheat sheet.


  • Please find instructions about your final project here.
  • You should register your groups at latest by Friday, May 5.
  • You will present your projects on Friday, June 2.
  • Here is the time scheduled for the project presentation. If any group has a problem with their allocated slots because of conflicts with other courses, send an email to as soon as possible.

Detailed Schedule

Date Topics Covered Reading Assignment Exercises Solutions  
Feb 22 Background on Probability hw1.pdf  hwk1_sol.pdf  
Feb 24 Chapter 1 [1.2–1.6] Chapter 2 [2.1–2.2.1]  
Mar 1 Binary Hypothesis Testing  hw2.pdf  hw2_sol.pdf  
Mar 3 Chapter 2 [2.2.2–2.4]
Mar 8 m-ary Hypothesis Testing,
Discrete-Time AWGN Channel
 hw3.pdf   hw3_sol.pdf  
Mar 10 Chapter 2 [2.5–2.7]  
Mar 15 Sufficient Statistic,
Error Probability Bounds
 hw4.pdf  hw4_sol.pdf  
Mar 17 Chapter 2 [2.12],
Chapter 3 [3.1–3.4]
Mar 22 Continuous-Time AWGN Channel  





Mar 24 Chapter 3 [3.5–3.7, 3.9]      
Mar 29 Alternative Receiver Architectures  hw6.pdf  hw6_sol.pdf  
Mar 31 Chapter 4 [4.1–4.3]  
Apr 5 Isometric Transformations  hw7.pdf  hw7_sol.pdf  
Apr 7   Chapter 4 [4.4–4.7]      
Apr 12 Midterm exam    Midterm.pdf  Midterm_sol.pdf  
Apr 14- Apr 23 Easter Holiday        
Apr 26 Scalability    hw8.pdf  hw8_sol.pdf  
Apr 28   Chapter 5 [5.1–5.4]      
May 3 Power Spectral Density
Nyquist Criterion
   hw9.pdf  hw9_sol.pdf  
May 5   Chapter 5 [5.5,5.6,5.8] Chapter 6 [6.1–6.3]      
May 10 Root-Raised-Cosine Family
Eye Diagrams
Convolutional Codes
Viterbi Algorithm
   hw10.pdf  hw10_sol.pdf  
May 12   Chapter 6 [6.4–6.5]      
May 17 Bit-error Probability
of Convolutional Codes
   hw11.pdf  hw11_sol.pdf  
May 19   Chapter 7 [7.1–7.4]      
May 24 Passband Communication    hw12.pdf  hw12_sol.pdf  
May 26  
May 31 Mock Final Exam  Mock_exam.pdf  Mock_exam_sol.pdf  
Jun 2 Project  
Jun 29 Final Exam final.pdf final_sol.pdf  



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 or at La Fontaine (with 10% discount).