Principles of Digital Communications

 

Instructor Emre Telatar
Office INR 117
Phone +41 21 69 37693
Email emre.telatar@epfl.ch
Office Hours By appointment
   
   
Teaching Assistant Elie Najm
Office INR 141
Email elie.najm@epfl.ch
Office Hours By appointment
   
   
Teaching Assistant Rajai Nasser
Office INR 141
Email rajai.nasser@epfl.ch
Office Hours By appointment
   
   
Student Assistant Pierre Quinton
Email pierre.quinton@epfl.ch
   
   
Student Assistant Arno Schneuwly
Email arno.schneuwly@epfl.ch
   
   
Student Assistant Timon Zimmermann
Email timon.zimmermann@epfl.ch

 

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.

Project

  • 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 elie.najm@epfl.ch 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,
Q-function,
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  

quiz_1.pdf

hw5.pdf

quiz_1_sol.pdf

hw5_sol.pdf

 
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  

 

Textbook

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 amazon.com or at La Fontaine (with 10% discount).