General Information Edit

The goal of this course is to understand how state-of-the-art digital communication systems are designed and why they are designed in the way they are. The course will cover communication theory, transceiver algorithms that enable reliable communication, wireless channels, and modern communication standards (such as 3GPP LTE and WiFi). The students will design a working audio-band communication system that relies on orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM).

Prerequisites Edit

ECE 3100. Prior or concurrent completion of ECE 3250 recommended.

Topics Covered Edit

  • Random vectors, jointly Gaussian random variables, covariance matrices
  • MAP and ML detection
  • Linear minimum mean-square error estimation
  • The linear-algebraic approach to linear time-invariance systems theory
  • Channel modeling: shot noise, thermal noise, deterministic effects
  • Complex baseband communication
  • Modulation techniques
  • ISI mitigation techniques, with a particular focus on OFDM
  • Methods for synchronization and channel estimation
  • Coding
  • Basics of wireless communication: channel modeling, classification of wireless channels, fading, diversity, MIMO.

Workload Edit

Fall 17: 

  • Weekly Problem Sets 
  • 5 Labs
  • One prelim
  • Final exam if you are enrolled in 5670 version of the course

Fall 18: 

  • Weekly Problem Sets 
  • 5 Labs
  • Two prelims

Past Offerings Edit

Semester Time Professor Median Grade
Spring 2017

TR 1:25-2:40

Aaron Wagner

Fall 2017

TR 1:25-2:40

Aaron Wagner


Fall 2018 TR 1:25-2:40 Christoph Studer A-