For Teachers

How I teach from this book

I am currently using this book as a textbook for the course “Information Transfer” at ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The course is a sixth semester undergraduate course offered by the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. The students have all taken courses in Calculus, Linear Algebra, Probability, and Linear Systems. A course on Stochastic Processes is not a prerequisite. The course meets once a week for a 90 minute lecture and a 90 minute recitation session. The semester typically runs 14 weeks. I rarely cover Chapters 27–29. To include these chapters, I would probably have to eliminate the treatment of passband signaling. For a lecture-by-lecture description of the course, click here. Videos of my lectures are here.

A video about the PSD of QAM

I produced a 28-minute video of a talk I gave about the power spectral density (PSD) of quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM). The talk was given at the 2nd International Workshop on Advances in Communications, which was held in Boppard am Rhein, Germany, May 13–15, 2009. In this talk I present the book’s approach to this topic via the operational power spectral density. I highlight the simplicity of the approach and the fact that it does not require the introduction of any artificial random time jitters or random phase jitters. To watch this talk, click here.

A video about the matched filter

I also produced a 34-minute video describing how I state and prove the matched-filter result. This talk was given at the Joint Workshop on Coding and Communications, Dürnstein, Austria, October 15–16, 2007. Very roughly, this result states that “in guessing which of two deterministic signals is being observed in white Gaussian noise, the inner products between the observed waveform and each of the signals form a sufficient statistic. Consequently, it is optimal to base one’s guess on these two inner products.” In this talk I describe the book’s approach to stating and proving this theorem. To watch this talk, click here.

Solutions manual

A solutions manual can be obtained from the publisher.

Videos of my lectures

Videos of my Spring'13 course at ETH can be found here.

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