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Module: Information Theory and Coding (ET) (40101)

Note: This module is designed for M.Sc. Elektrotechnik (ET) students whose course of study falls under StuPO 2010. 

For modules the M.Sc. Technische Informatik (TI) version of the module, please click here

About the Module

Communication networks are perhaps the most pervasive and ubiquitous infrastructure of our times. Billions of people around the world access information, make business, share experiences and stay in touch with each other through the Internet, and in particular using wireless access.

The fundamental science and engineering knowledge that made this astonishing development possible finds its origin in the seminal paper by Claude E. Shannon, "A Mathematical Theory of Communication", published in 1948. This fundamental work represents the birth of the modern information age. Astonishingly, at a time where the telephone networks was analog and based on electromechanical circuit switching and radio reduced to analog broadcasting, Shannon deployed the fundamental concepts of information measures (Entropy, Mutual Information) and their operational significance as the fundamental limits of data compression (how many bits of information are necessary to compress an information source without any loss?), channel coding (how many bits of information per unit time can be sent through a communication channel such that the message is recovered by the receiver with arbitrarily low error probability?) and source coding (how many bits of information are necessary to represent an information source such that its can be reconstructed within a desired fidelity level?).

Since Shannon's work, the field of modern digital communications, channel coding, data networks, source coding and wireless/cellular communications has developed enormously. Very large and successful companies, such as Qualcomm, Ericsson, Nokia, Alcatel Lucent, Siemens, Huawei, Broadcom, Intel, Samsung, have been setting the technology trends, and standards such as TCP/IP, IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.16, GSM, IS-95, and the more recent 3GPP family of standards (e.g., LTE/LTE-A) enable ubiquitous connectivity and the merging of a variety of communication networks onto a common interconnected platform. Perhaps the most striking fact is that Shannon's theoretical conclusions, that information is essentially "discrete" (i.e., digital) and that any source can be reduced to a common currency (bits), such bits can be exchanged reliably through a network which is somehow source-agnostic, and reconstructed at the end users within a near-optimal fidelity level, has become a fact of everyday's life, that we all enjoy and experience. Today, we use the Internet, most of the times supported by a wireless access network, to consume a wealth of different sources (audio, speech, video, data, images, text) that in the not-so-distant past required separate and very different networks (e.g., FM radio, land-line telephone networks, cellular telephone networks, telegraph/telex, mail/currier delivery, cable TV, UHF/VHF TV, Satellite TV).

The module "Information Theory and Coding'' provides a comprehensive background on foundations and specific theoretical knowledge on information theory and channel coding, thus providing the theoretical background that stays at the basis of modern digital communication networks. Furthermore, through a rich set of possible elective courses, the students will have the opportunity of acquiring additional knowledge in specific areas of interest, some of which are advanced theoretical, and others are more applied and practical, according to each student specific orientation and interest.

Further Information

Quick Facts
Module Components:
Two mandatory courses:
Information Theory
Modern Channel Coding
*Please click on course names for more information.
Two elective courses:
*Please see the list of elective courses below.
Duration of Module:
Two semesters
Type of examination:
Portfolio exam
LP:
12
Available to:
This module is open to students enrolled in the Electrotechnik MSc degree program. 
Prerequisites:
Suitable desired prerequisites for participation to courses are a basic knowledge of information technology, as described in particular in the sources "Signale und Systeme" and "Nachrichtenübertragung" of the field of study "Elektronik und Informationstechnik" of the BSc degree program. For participation in the laboratory work, basic knowledge of programming with MatLab is desirable, but it will be in any case provided for those students who do not have such background. 
Module Year:
2015/16
Material/Organization:
ISIS
LP = Leistungspunkte/Credits

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This module requires students to take TWO of the following elective courses:

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