Principles of Digital Communications


Instructor Emre Telatar
Office INR 117
Phone +41 21 69 37693
Email [email protected]
Office Hours By appointment
Teaching Assistant Elie Najm
Office INR 141
Email [email protected]
Office Hours By appointment
Student Assistant Pierre Quinton
Email [email protected]
Student Assistant Ignacio Aleman
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Student Assistant Quentin Bacuet
Email [email protected]
Student Assistant Axel Vandebrouck
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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.


  • 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).