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EQ2400 Adaptive Signal Processing 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus EQ2400 (Autumn 2007–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Fundamentals for adaptive systems; mean-square estimation, Wiener filters. Introduction to adaptive structures and the least squares method. State space models. Kalman filters. Search techniques: Gradient and Newton methods. LMS (least mean squares), RLS (recursive least squares). Analysis of adaptive algorithms: Learning curve, convergence, stability, excess mean square error, mis-adjustment. Generalizations of LMS and RLS.

Intended learning outcomes

This course treats adaptive signal processing algorithms for extracting relevant information from noisy signals. The emphasis is on recursive, model based estimation methods for signals and systems whose properties change in time. Applications in, for example, communications, control and medicine are discussed.

Learning outcomes:

After the course, each student is expected to be able to:

  • Design and apply optimal minimum mean square estimators and in particular linear estimators. To understand and compute their expected performance and verify it.
  • Design, implement and apply Wiener filters (FIR, non-causal, causal) and evaluate their performance.
  • Use a combination of theory and software implementations to solve adaptive signal problems. Especially:
  • Identify applications in which it would be possible to use the different adaptive filtering approaches.
  • Design, implement and apply LMS, RLS, and Kalman filters to given applications.
  • Analyze the accuracy and determine advantages and disadvantages of each method.
  • Use the theoretical understanding to do troubleshooting, e.g., in cases the observed performance is not as expected.
  • Report the solution and results from the application of the above filtering techniques to given problems.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

For single course students: 180 ECTS credits and documented proficiency in English B or equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

EQ1220 Signal Theory or  EQ1270 Stochastic Signals and Systems 
EQ2300 Digital Signalbehandling


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Lecture notes: Adaptive Signal Processing, Hjalmarsson & Ottersten, KTH-EE

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO2 - Project, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

2 Project assignments (PRO1, 1 ECTS credits, grading P/F; PRO2, 1 ECTS credits, grading P/F) completed and reported in pairs of at most 2 students before given deadlines.
Written exam (TENA, 4 ECTS credits, grading A-F)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

EQ2430/EQ2440 Project course in signal processing and digital communications

EQ2450/2460 Seminars in Signals and Systems/Wireless Systems


Magnus Jansson