Principles of Digital Communications


Instructor Ruediger Urbanker
Office INR 116
Phone +41 21 69 37692
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Office Hours By appointment
Teaching Assistant Mani Bastani Parizi
Office INR 032
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Office Hours By appointment
Teaching Assistant Rajai Nasser
Office INR 141
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Office Hours By appointment
Student Assistant Sepand Kashani-Akhavan
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Student Assistant Imen Hassayoun
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Student Assistant Yoann Ponti
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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
  • 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 24 Background on Probability hw1.pdf hw1_sol.pdf  
Feb 26 Chapter 1 [1.2–1.6]
Chapter 2 [2.1–2.2.1]
Mar 2 Binary Hypothesis Testing hw2.pdf hw2_sol.pdf  
Mar 4 Chapter 2 [2.2.2–2.4]
Mar 9 m-ary Hypothesis Testing,
Discrete-Time AWGN Channel
hw3.pdf hw3_sol.pdf  
Mar 11 Chapter 2 [2.5–2.7]  
Mar 16 Sufficient Statistic,
Error Probability Bounds
hw4.pdf hw4_sol.pdf  
Mar 18 Chapter 2 [2.12],
Chapter 3 [3.1–3.4]
Mar 23 Continuous-Time AWGN Channel   hw5.pdf hw5_sol.pdf  
Apr 6  
Apr 8 Chapter 3 [3.5–3.7, 3.9] hw6.pdf hw6_sol.pdf  
Apr 13 Alternative Receiver Architectures hw7.pdf hw7_sol.pdf  
Apr 15 Chapter 4 [4.1–4.3]  
Apr 20 Isometric Transformations hw8.pdf hw8_sol.pdf  
Apr 22 Midterm Quiz Chapter 4 [4.4–4.7] midterm.pdf midsol.pdf  
Apr 27 Scalability   hw9.pdf hw9_sol.pdf  
Apr 29   Chapter 5 [5.1–5.4]      
May 4 Power Spectral Density
Nyquist Criterion
  hw10.pdf hw10_sol.pdf  
May 6   Chapter 5 [5.5,5.6,5.8]
Chapter 6 [6.1–6.3]
May 11 Root-Raised-Cosine Family
Eye Diagrams
Convolutional Codes
Viterbi Algorithm
  hw11.pdf hw11_sol.pdf  
May 13   Chapter 6 [6.4–6.5]      
May 18 Bit-error Probability
of Convolutional Codes
  hw12.pdf hw12_sol.pdf  
May 20   Chapter 7 [7.1–7.4]      
May 25 Passband Communication   hw13.pdf hw13_sol.pdf  
May 27  
Jun 1 Mock Final Exam mock-final.pdf mock-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