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
Student Assistant Pierre Quinton
Student Assistant Ignacio Aleman
Student Assistant Quentin Bacuet
Student Assistant Axel Vandebrouck


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 Friday, March 16th 2018 at 10.15 am. The quiz will cover chapters 1 and 2.
  • Second quiz to take place on Friday, May 25th 2018 at 10.15 am. The quiz will cover chapters 5 and 6.


  • The midterm will take place on Friday April 20th, from 10:15 till 13:00 in the classroom. It will cover all material up to and including Homework 7.
  • You are allowed to bring a two-sided handwritten cheat sheet. No books or calculators allowed.


  • Please find instructions about your final project here.
  • You should register your groups at latest by Wednesday, May 2.
  • You will present your projects on Friday, June 1.
  • Please find the schedule for the teams presentations here. On Friday, June 1, we will start one hour earlier at 09:05 a.m. to give room for potential complications. Each team has 10 min to present its work.


  • The final will take place on Tuesday July 3rd, from 8:15 till 11:15 in CE6. It will cover all material from the beginning of the semester.
  • You are allowed to bring two two-sided handwritten cheat sheets. No books or calculators allowed.

Detailed Schedule

Date   Topics Covered Reading Assignment Exercises Solutions  
Feb 21 Background on Probability hw1.pdf  hw1_sol.pdf  
Feb 23 Chapter 1 [1.2–1.6] Chapter 2 [2.1–2.2.1]  
Feb 28 Binary Hypothesis Testing hw2.pdf  hw2_sol.pdf  
Mar 2 Chapter 2 [2.2.2–2.4] Neyman-Pearson Theorem
Mar 7 m-ary Hypothesis Testing,
Discrete-Time AWGN Channel
hw3.pdf   hw3_sol.pdf  
Mar 9 Chapter 2 [2.5–2.7]  
Mar 14 Sufficient Statistic,
Error Probability Bounds
hw4.pdf  hw4_sol.pdf  
Mar 16 Chapter 2 [2.12],
Chapter 3 [3.1–3.4]



Mar 21 Continuous-Time AWGN Channel  



Mar 23 Chapter 3 [3.5–3.7, 3.9]      
Mar 28 Alternative Receiver Architectures  hw6.pdf  hw6_sol.pdf  
Mar 30- Apr 8 Easter Holiday        
Apr 11 Chapter 4 [4.1–4.3]      
Apr 13 Isometric Transformations   hw7.pdf hw7_sol.pdf  
Apr 18 Chapter 4 [4.4–4.7]      
Apr 20 Midterm exam  

 Midterm.pdf (as it was given)

Midterm-v1.pdf (as it was intended)

Midterm_sol.pdf (as it was given)

Midterm_sol-v1.pdf (as it was intended)

Apr 25 Scalability    hw8.pdf   hw8_sol.pdf  
Apr 27 Chapter 5 [5.1–5.4]      
May 2 Power Spectral Density
Nyquist Criterion
  hw9.pdf  hw9_sol.pdf  
May 4 Chapter 5 [5.5,5.6,5.8] Chapter 6 [6.1–6.3]      
May 9 Root-Raised-Cosine Family
Eye Diagrams
Convolutional Codes
Viterbi Algorithm
  hw10.pdf hw10_sol.pdf  
May 11 Chapter 6 [6.4–6.5]      
May 16 Bit-error Probability
of Convolutional Codes
  hw11.pdf  hw11_sol.pdf  
May 18 Chapter 7 [7.1–7.4]      
May 23 Passband Communication   hw12.pdf hw12_sol.pdf  
May 25        
May 30 Questions/Answers session Mock_exam.pdf  Mock_exam_sol.pdf  
Jun 1 Project  
Jul 3 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).