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Ph.D. Level Courses

Information Theory for Wireless Communication


This course will cover fundamentals of wireless communications using information theory.

Instructor (Examiner)

Dr. <Unknown username: saif>, ISY/Communication Systems.


The course is open to students enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Linkoping University/ISY. External participants upon request. If you have interest to participate, please register by sending an email to erik.larsson@isy.liu.se or to saif@isy.liu.se.


Good knowledge of linear algebra, probability theory and digital communication fundamentals. General analytical skills/mathematical maturity.

Brief course outline

This course is aimed towards acquiring a deeper understanding of fundamentals of wireless communication through information theory. The initial part of the course is aimed at developing an appreciation for basic information theory principle which will be applied later when we discuss fundamentals performance limits and strategies for wireless communication systems.
    After course completion, the student should be able to
      1) Understand channel capacity as the maximum rate for reliable communication.
      2) Understand methodology used to prove achievability and converse of coding theorems.
      3) Analyze and compute channel capacity and derive optimal communication strategies of memoryless deterministic/fading single-antenna/multi-antenna single-user/multiuser channels (e.g., discrete memoryless channels, AWGN, multiple access channels, broadcast channels).
      4) Knowledge of optimal communication strategies like, waterfilling, transmitter beamforming, receiver combining, MMSE-SIC, V-BLAST, successive cancellation, superposition coding, dirty paper coding/Costa precoding.

The course is divided into two parts, Part-I and Part-II.

Part-I will be offered in the VT-2012 (spring semester), and would cover basic principles of Information theory, and fundamental limits of single-antenna communication (both single and multi-user scenarios).
  • Detailed Course Plan and schedule for Part-I here

Part-II will be offered in HT-2012 (autumn semester), and would deal with understanding fundamental limits and communication strategies for multi-antenna systems (both single and multi-user scenarios).

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Last updated: 2016 02 23   19:04