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Course Information

Instructor: Payman Arabshahi, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 238-343, payman at, (626) 395-3852 (Campus), (818) 393-6054 (JPL). Office hours: after class (161 Moore), or by appointment.

Teaching Assistant: Antoine Bruguier, antoine at, (626) 395-2266. Office hours: Mondays 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, and Fridays 10:30 am - 12:30 pm in 34 Moore.

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Textbook: John G. Proakis, Digital Communications, 4th ed., McGraw-Hill, 2001.

Course Objective: To understand, in detail, mathematical models of communication processes, memoryless modulation/detection techniques, basic detection theory, methods of performance analysis and synchronization for the additive white Gaussian noise channel, signal design for bandlimited channels, communication through bandlimited linear filter channels, multiuser communications, and communications through fading multipath channels. We will cover Chapters 4,5,6 (EE 163A), and 9,10, 14, 15 (EE 163B) in the text in this two-course sequence (Chapters 1-2 are introductory, and Chapters 3,7,8 will not be covered). Time-permitting, we will discuss spread spectrum communications and advanced concepts such as Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing and the IEEE 802.x series of standards as well (Chapter 13).

Prerequisite: EE 32 ab, EE 162 or equivalents (linear systems, random processes). Chapters 1-2 of the textbook review this material.

Homeworks: 20% (assigned and collected on Mondays)
Midterm: 40% (available April 29, due May 3)
Project(s): 40%


For probability and random processes:

  1. [graduate] Athanasios Papoulis, Probability, Random Variables and Stochastic Processes, McGraw-Hill, 1991.
  2. [undergrad] Alberto Leon-Garcia, Probability and Random Processes for Electrical Engineering, Addison-Wesley, 1993.
  3. [solved problems] Carol Ash, The Probability Tutoring Book : An Intuitive Course for Engineers and Scientists, IEEE press, 1993.

For communication theory:

  1. [undergrad] B.P. Lathi, Modern Digital and Analog Communications Systems, Oxford University Press, 1998.
  2. [undergrad] R.E. Ziemer and W.H. Tranter, Principles of Communication: Systems, Modulation and Noise, Wiley, 2001.
  3. [graduate] W.B. Davenport, Introduction to the Theory of Random Signals and Noise, IEEE, 1987.
  4. [graduate] R.N. McDonough and A.D. Whalen, Detection of Signals in Noise, Academic Press, 1995.
  5. [graduate] M.K. Simon, S.M. Hinedi, and W.C. Lindsey, Digital Communication Techniques: Signal Design and Detection, Prentice Hall, 1994.

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