Principles of Digital Communications

InstructorRuediger Urbanker
OfficeINR 116
Phone+41 21 69 37692
Office HoursBy appointment
Teaching Assistant Mani Bastani Parizi
OfficeINR 032
Office HoursBy appointment
Teaching Assistant Rajai Nasser
OfficeINR 141
Office HoursBy appointment
Student Assistant Sepand Kashani-Akhavan
Student Assistant Imen Hassayoun
Student Assistant Yoann Ponti

LecturesWednesday 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
  • Your midterm quiz will take place on Friday, April 22, 2016, at 10:15am in rooms INM200 and INM202.
    • This is a closed book exam but you are allowed to bring one single-sided A4 handwritten sheet of summary with you.
  • Your final exam will take place on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 12:15pm in room CM1120.
    • This is a closed book exam but you are allowed to bring one double-sided A4 handwritten sheet of summary with you.


  • Please find instructions about your final project here.
  • You should register your groups at latest by Wednesday, May 4.
  • You will present your projects on Friday, June 3.
  • You can download a sample interference signal from .
  • Here is a sample text file that you will be given during the competition.
  • is another sample interference signal and is a third exmple.

Detailed Schedule

Date Topics Covered Reading Assignment Exercises Solutions
Feb 24Background on Probabilityhw1.pdfhw1_sol.pdf
Feb 26Chapter 1 [1.2–1.6]
Chapter 2 [2.1–2.2.1]
Mar 2 Binary Hypothesis Testing hw2.pdfhw2_sol.pdf
Mar 4Chapter 2 [2.2.2–2.4]
Mar 9m-ary Hypothesis Testing,
Discrete-Time AWGN Channel
Mar 11Chapter 2 [2.5–2.7]
Mar 16Sufficient Statistic,
Error Probability Bounds
Mar 18Chapter 2 [2.12],
Chapter 3 [3.1–3.4]
Mar 23Continuous-Time AWGN Channel hw5.pdfhw5_sol.pdf
Apr 6
Apr 8Chapter 3 [3.5–3.7, 3.9]hw6.pdfhw6_sol.pdf
Apr 13Alternative Receiver Architectureshw7.pdfhw7_sol.pdf
Apr 15Chapter 4 [4.1–4.3]
Apr 20Isometric Transformationshw8.pdfhw8_sol.pdf
Apr 22Midterm QuizChapter 4 [4.4–4.7]midterm.pdfmidsol.pdf
Apr 27Scalability hw9.pdfhw9_sol.pdf
Apr 29 Chapter 5 [5.1–5.4]
May 4Power Spectral Density
Nyquist Criterion
May 6 Chapter 5 [5.5,5.6,5.8]
Chapter 6 [6.1–6.3]
May 11Root-Raised-Cosine Family
Eye Diagrams
Convolutional Codes
Viterbi Algorithm
May 13 Chapter 6 [6.4–6.5]
May 18 Bit-error Probability
of Convolutional Codes
May 20 Chapter 7 [7.1–7.4]
May 25Passband Communication hw13.pdfhw13_sol.pdf
May 27
Jun 1Mock Final Exammock-final.pdfmock-final_sol.pdf
Jun 3 Project


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

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