Rutgers University

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Communications Theory (332:545)
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M&W 6:10-7:30,  J. Levin 219 (Livingston Campus)


Christopher Rose can be reached at . All course business will be transacted over the web and email. If for some reason the course newsgroup, or email is insufficient to answer a question, we can set up an appointment to meet. Please reserve this method for only the most intractable conceptual problems. Signup here for mailing list/newsgroup. You can access the mailing list at Archives are kept here.


Wingho Andy (Mahler) Yuen
PHONE: 445-0414
OFFICE HOUR: T 600-730pm


Communication Systems Engineering,  Proakis & Salehi (Prentice -Hall ISBN: 0-13-158932-6)


This course is a tour de force of communication theory for graduate students.   Starting
from stochastic processes and Karhunen-Loeve representations of noise processes,
we will cover information sources and coding, briefly consider AM and FM systems
and thence signal space methods for digital communication systems.  We will then
revisit information theory to consider channel capacity and coding and then close
with some examples from wireless communications.

This large amount of material will be covered in an analytically rigorous manner.  Thus, the course
provides the firm grounding in communication theory necessary  for later courses and research in
communication systems.


For quiz N you are allowed N sides of a handwritten 8.5x11 inch sheet of paper.  This is primarily
a material organizer and a security blanket.  You are also allowed to bring a calculator, though
it will not usually be necessary.  When examinations are handed back you have 1 week to dispute
your grade IN WRITING (no exceptions).  I will regrade the entire exam and issue a final grade.
NOTE: there are no awards for "most improved" or other such things.  The whole class
could get A's or F's depending upon how well I feel you've mastered the material.
MORAL: Do well on the exams.


Homework and solutions will be posted (below).   I EXHORT you to do the homework since if
you do not, you'll be very sorry.  I have a reputation for challenging exams which build upon
the course material, even to the point of forcing you to derive new results.  The exams
are  never "plug and chug".  If you do not know the material thoroughly, then  woe to you.
And the only way to know it thoroughly is through the homework and in class examples.


You need ghostview/gsview to read postscript files over web from most PCs.

Here's the E-roster for this term


  •  Introduction
  •  Signals and Systems(PS version)(compressed figure files)
  •  Stochastic Processes I(PS version)(compressed figure files)
  •  Stochastic Processes II(PS version)(compressed figure files)
  •  Information Theory(PS version)(compressed figure files)
  •  The Joys of Karhunen-Loeve (ps)
  •  The Joys of K-L (html)
  •  Quiz I
  •  Quiz II
  •  Quiz III