Course name

Communication Theory and Digital Transmission

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Prof. Enrico Forestieri



University Credits

4 (40 hours)


This course module will introduce the students to the fundamental principles of communication theory and data transmission with emphasis on performance, spectral characteristics, and complexity.

• Learning the foundations of optimal digital communication systems
• Learning engineering design rules of data communication systems components
• Learning to analyze performance, spectral efficiency and cost of different options for transmitting data message signals


• Digital transmission through the AWGN channel

• Optimum receiver design

• Digital transmission through bandlimited AWGN channels

• Power spectrum of digitally modulated signals

• Maximum-likelihood sequence detection

• Channel equalization

Prior Skills

• Probability, random variables and stochastic processes

• Background of signal analysis and linear systems theory

Suggested Books

S. Benedetto and E. Biglieri, Principles of Digital Transmission: With Wireless Applications, Springer, 1999. ISBN 0-306-45753-9.

J. Proakis, Digital Communications, 4th ed., McGraw-Hill, 2001. ISBN 0-07-232111-3.

R. D. Gitlin, J. F. Hayes, and S. B. Weinstein, Data Communication Principles, Plenum Press, 1992. ISBN 0-306-43777-5

Exam policy

Written test. Open answers and exercises