Principles of Digital Communications

Instructor Emre Telatar
Office INR 117
Phone +41 21 69 37693
Email [email protected]
Office Hours By appointment
Teaching Assistant Arda Atalık
Office INR 012
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Office Hours By appointment
Teaching Assistant Reka Inovan
Office INR 015
Email [email protected]
Office Hours By appointment
Teaching Assistant Sepand Kashani
Office INR 015, BC 322
Email [email protected]
Office Hours By appointment
Student Assistant Axel Vandebrouck
Email [email protected]
Student Assistant Cem Musluoğlu
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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.
  • 2019/03/08 – Based on student preferences, the lecture hour on Fridays will take place from 10h15 to 11h.
  • 2019/05/03 – Updates to project statement and channel interaction code.
  • 2019/05/20 – [Project Statement] Fix submission date to Friday May 31st, 2019 @ 10h (latest).


  • First quiz to take place on Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 10.15.
  • You can see the histogram of the first quiz here.
  • Second quiz to take place on Friday, May 10th, 2019 at 10.15.


  • The midterm will take place on Friday April 12th, 2019 from 10:15 until 13:00 in the classroom. It will cover all material up to and including Chapter 4.3.
  • You are allowed to bring a two-sided handwritten cheat sheet. No books or calculators allowed.
  • You can see your grade here
  • You can see the midterm histogram here


  • The final will take place on Monday June 24th, 2019 from 08:15 until 11:15 in rooms CM2 and CM3. It will cover all material viewed in class.
  • You are allowed to bring two double-sided handwritten cheat sheets. No books or calculators allowed.


Detailed Schedule

Date Topics Covered Reading Assignment Exercises Solutions
Feb 20 Background on Probability hw1 hw1_sol
Feb 22 Chapter 1 [1.2–1.6]

Chapter 2 [2.1–2.2.1]

Feb 27 Binary Hypothesis Testing hw2 hw2_sol
Mar 01 Chapter 2 [2.2.2–2.4]
Mar 06 m-ary Hypothesis Testing,
Discrete-Time AWGN Channel
hw3 hw3_sol
Mar 08 Chapter 2 [2.5–2.7]
Mar 13 Sufficient Statistic,
Error Probability Bounds
hw4 hw4_sol
Mar 15 Chapter 2 [2.12]

Chapter 3 [3.1–3.4]

Mar 20 Continuous-Time AWGN Channel hw5 hw5_sol
Mar 22 Quiz 1 Chapter 3 [3.5–3.7, 3.9] quiz_1 quiz_1_sol


Mar 27 Alternative Receiver Architectures hw6 hw6_sol
Mar 29 Chapter 4 [4.1–4.4.2]
Apr 03 Isometric Transformations hw7 hw7_sol
Apr 05 Chapter 4 [4.4.3-4.7]
Apr 10 Midterm2018




Apr 12 Midterm Exam midterm_2019 midterm_2019_sol
Apr 17 Scalability Chapter 5 [5.1-5.4] hw8 hw8_sol
May 1 Power Spectral Density
Nyquist Criterion
hw9 hw9_sol
May 3 Chapter 5 [5.5-5.8]

Chapter 6 [6.1-6.3]

May 8 Root-Raised-Cosine Family
Eye Diagrams
Convolutional Codes
Viterbi Algorithm
hw10 hw10_sol
May 10 Quiz 2 Chapter 6 [6.4–6.5] quiz2 quiz2_sol
May 15 Bit-error Probability
of Convolutional Codes
hw11 hw11_sol
May 17 Chapter 7 [7.1-7.4]
May 22 Passband Communication hw12 hw12_sol
May 24
May 29 Q&A Session mock_final mock_final_sol
May 31 Project
24 June Final Exam final final_sol


B. Rimoldi, Principles of digital communication: a top-down approach. Cambridge University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9781316337387

  • An online version of the book (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).