Principles of Digital Communications

Instructor Emre Telatar
Office INR 117
Phone +41 21 69 37693
Office Hours By appointment
Teaching Assistant Arda Atalık
Office INR 012
Office Hours By appointment
Teaching Assistant Reka Inovan
Office INR 015
Office Hours By appointment
Teaching Assistant Sepand Kashani
Office INR 015, BC 322
Office Hours By appointment
Student Assistant Axel Vandebrouck
Student Assistant Cem Musluoğlu
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.
  • 2019/03/08 – Based on student preferences, the lecture hour on Fridays will take place from 10h15 to 11h.
  • 2019/05/03 – Updates to project statement and channel interaction code.
  • 2019/05/20 – [Project Statement] Fix submission date to Friday May 31st, 2019 @ 10h (latest).


  • First quiz to take place on Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 10.15.
  • You can see the histogram of the first quiz here.
  • Second quiz to take place on Friday, May 10th, 2019 at 10.15.


  • The midterm will take place on Friday April 12th, 2019 from 10:15 until 13:00 in the classroom. It will cover all material up to and including Chapter 4.3.
  • You are allowed to bring a two-sided handwritten cheat sheet. No books or calculators allowed.
  • You can see your grade here
  • You can see the midterm histogram here


  • The final will take place on Monday June 24th, 2019 from 08:15 until 11:15 in rooms CM2 and CM3. It will cover all material viewed in class.
  • You are allowed to bring two double-sided handwritten cheat sheets. No books or calculators allowed.


Detailed Schedule

Date Topics Covered Reading Assignment Exercises Solutions
Feb 20 Background on Probability hw1 hw1_sol
Feb 22 Chapter 1 [1.2–1.6]

Chapter 2 [2.1–2.2.1]

Feb 27 Binary Hypothesis Testing hw2 hw2_sol
Mar 01 Chapter 2 [2.2.2–2.4]
Mar 06 m-ary Hypothesis Testing,
Discrete-Time AWGN Channel
hw3 hw3_sol
Mar 08 Chapter 2 [2.5–2.7]
Mar 13 Sufficient Statistic,
Error Probability Bounds
hw4 hw4_sol
Mar 15 Chapter 2 [2.12]

Chapter 3 [3.1–3.4]

Mar 20 Continuous-Time AWGN Channel hw5 hw5_sol
Mar 22 Quiz 1 Chapter 3 [3.5–3.7, 3.9] quiz_1 quiz_1_sol


Mar 27 Alternative Receiver Architectures hw6 hw6_sol
Mar 29 Chapter 4 [4.1–4.4.2]
Apr 03 Isometric Transformations hw7 hw7_sol
Apr 05 Chapter 4 [4.4.3-4.7]
Apr 10 Midterm2018




Apr 12 Midterm Exam midterm_2019 midterm_2019_sol
Apr 17 Scalability Chapter 5 [5.1-5.4] hw8 hw8_sol
May 1 Power Spectral Density
Nyquist Criterion
hw9 hw9_sol
May 3 Chapter 5 [5.5-5.8]

Chapter 6 [6.1-6.3]

May 8 Root-Raised-Cosine Family
Eye Diagrams
Convolutional Codes
Viterbi Algorithm
hw10 hw10_sol
May 10 Quiz 2 Chapter 6 [6.4–6.5] quiz2 quiz2_sol
May 15 Bit-error Probability
of Convolutional Codes
hw11 hw11_sol
May 17 Chapter 7 [7.1-7.4]
May 22 Passband Communication hw12 hw12_sol
May 24
May 29 Q&A Session mock_final mock_final_sol
May 31 Project
24 June Final Exam final final_sol


B. Rimoldi, Principles of digital communication: a top-down approach. Cambridge University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9781316337387

  • An online version of the book (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).