The course provides the theoretical background of the methods and principles used in
modern digital communication systems. Detection and modulation theoretic aspects are
the main focus, i.e., a comprehensive study of hypothesis testing, Gaussian stochastic
processes, concept of sufficient statistics and matched filters, and parallelism to
estimation theory. The emphasis is to provide a rigorous mathematical framework,
optimization criteria, and models which are suitable for digital communication problems.
Further, problem solving skills in related topics should be trained. The intention is to
deepen existing knowledge on digital communication rather than to broaden.
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Content and learning outcomes
In the first part of the course the following topics are covered:
- A rigorous revisit of basic principles in digital communication,
- Stochastic processes and stationary discrete‐time stochastic processes,
- Binary and multi‐hypothesis testing problem, sufficient statistics
- Parallelism to estimation theory, composite detection problem
- Uni‐and multivariate Gaussian distribution, complex Gaussian and circular symmetry
- Continuous‐time stochastic processes
- Detection in white Gaussian noise
- Non‐coherent detection and nuisance parameters
In the second part of the course the following topics are covered:
- Signal detection in discrete time: Performance evaluation of procedures, e.g., Chernoff bound, sequential detection, non parametric and robust detection
- Elements of signal estimation
- Signal Detection in continuous time: The detection of deterministic and partly determined signals in Gaussian noise and the detection of random signals in Gaussian noise
Intended learning outcomes
After the course the student should be able to
- explain and derive the foundation of digital communication methods,
- acquire and discuss results related research literature,
- solve standard problems in detection, modulation, and estimation theory,
- use the advanced theoretical tools to analyze and design new procedures adapted to specific problems.
Literature and preparations
Mandatory prerequisite for this course is the basic course on digital communications EQ2310 “Digital Communications.”
Mandatory prerequisite for this course is the basic course on digital communications
EQ2310 “Digital Communications.”
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- EXA1 - Examination, 12.0 credits, grading scale: P, 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
To pass the course the student
- has to hand in every homework. For each homework a minimum number of points must be achieved as well as the sum of all achieved points has to exceed a threshold, and
- has to sign up for presentation of at least one exercise solution for every homework set and has to present successfully at least one solution in one exercise seminar. Those who did not successfully present have to do a presentation of a selected paper.
The thresholds will be adjusted according to the number of achievable points and will be fixed before the course starts.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- 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 about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.Course web FEO3200
Main field of study
och kommunikationsteknologi (ICT) track