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Fachgebiet Theoretische Grundlagen der KommunikationstechnikModule: Information Theory and Applications - Caire/Schaefer

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Module: Information Theory and Applications (40981)


  • Definition and main properties of entropy, cross-entropy (information divergence) and mutual information
  • Fundamental Limits of data compression;
  • Fundamental Limits of Data Transmission and Channel capacity;
  • Fundamental limits of source compression (rate-distortion theory); 
  • Multiple Access Channel and Broadcast Channels as models for the uplink and downlink of wireless networks
  • Coping with interference
  • Relaying networks
  • Project work

Further Information

Module Components:
Two courses:

VL - Information Theory and Applications (3 LP)
UE - Information Theory and Applications (3 LP)  

Duration of Module:
One semester

This module is used in the following module lists:

  • Computer Engineering (Master of Science)
  • Computer Science (Informatik) (Master of Science)
  • Elektrotechnik (Master of Science)
  • Informatik (Master of Science)
  • Technomathematik (Bachelor of Science)
  • Technomathematik (Master of Science)
  • Wirtschaftsinformatik / Information Systems Management (Master of Science)
  • Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen (Master of Science)
Students must have taken the module Foundations of Stochastic Processes (40256). Special permission can be granted on a case by case basis. In this case, students should contact directly Prof. Caire.
LP = Leistungspunkte/Credits

Module Supporting Material

  • T. Cover and J. Thomas, Elements of Information Theory, 2nd Ed., Wiley Interscience, 2006.
  • El Gamal, Abbas, and Young-Han Kim. Network information theory. Cambridge University Press, 2011.



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