This course provides a basic introduction to the various building blocks of a modern digital communications system, focusing on the physical layer (PHY). We will first review basic concepts in digital communications, including Shannon theory, Nyquist sampling theory, optimal detection under Gaussian white noise, and basic modulations. We will then treat several building blocks of a digital receiver, including time and frequency synchronization, adaptive equalization and precoding, and error-correction coding/decoding. We will also introduce some advanced communication technologies such as Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM) and Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO). Finally we will apply the knowledge to some practical wireless and wired systems.
Course prerequisites: 
525.414 Probability and Stochastic Processes for Engineers; 525.416 Communication Systems Engineering.
Course instructor: 
Ouyang

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