Fundamentals of Modern Communication

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Course Description

This course presents a broad introduction to the principles and modern development trends in communication engineering. The development of communication theory from its beginning has been motivated by the desire to optimize the performance of the communication system by the most suitable choice of the following key design parameters, namely, signal‐to‐noise ratio (SNR), signal / channel bandwidth, receiver complexity and processing latency. Many advancements in communication technology have been made to enhance system performance while reducing the required signal power or the consumption of channel bandwidth. Breakthrough ideas have emerged that enable a trade‐off among the design parameters in order to make the best use of available communication resources and achieve the optimum possible performance. Besides novel techniques for sharing the scarce radio spectrum among competing users, advances have been made to counter the deleterious effects of multipath fading in wireless communications and to improve its security that may be compromised due to its broadcast nature. Many new ideas, techniques and devices are  being pushed forward these days in our communication‐oriented society that it is a great challenge even just to keep track of them. This course teaches the communication theory principles that provide the unifying framework for understanding the motivation behind the advances that have been made so far, so that better insights can be developed into the current research trends in the field.


Learning Objectives

- To acquire the familiarity and proficiency in the principles of communication theory in order to function effectively as a communication engineer.

- To be familiar with the current communication technologies and understand their performance limits and trade‐offs.

- To understand the performance and design parameters that drive the development of communication technologies.

- To be able to choose the right communication technology for a particular application or function.


Learning Outcomes

- Be proficient in the principles of communication theory.

- Be familiar with the major communication theories in use today.

- Be able to apply communication principles to understand the current trends and practices in communication engineering.

- Be equipped with the insights to detect potentially emerging trends.


Who Should Attend

This course is designed mainly for the practicing engineer who has some prior background in communication engineering. It serves as a refresher for the basic principles of the field, and provides a modern perspective on how the field has evolved over the years with a view toward what the current trends hold for the future. It will greatly benefit the beginner in communication engineering research who is searching for a suitable research topic and a potential direction for future work. In general, it is suitable for anyone with an interest to find out what drives this big field of work that has led to products and services that permeate our daily lives.



* Key performance / design parameters and trade‐off: signal‐to‐noise ratio (SNR), bandwidth, receiver complexity and processing latency.

* Brief review of analog communications: AM vs FM Technology.

* From Analog to Digital: Waveform quantization and coding.

* Digital Communication Fundamentals: Signals and Noise. Matched‐filter and correlation receivers. Basic digital modulation techniques. Error probability performance. Forward error correction coding and decoding. Performance measures ˗ SNR, spectral efficiency and receiver complexity. Shannon Capacity Limit. Capacity‐achieving codes.

* Digital Communication over Advanced Channel Models: Wireless communications and multipath fading channels. Error probability on fading channels. Channel estimation, synchronization and equalization. Diversity transmission and reception. Multi‐antenna communication. Relay communication. Spread‐spectrum communications. Network coding. Secrecy and physical‐layer security in communications. Covert communications. Spectrum sharing – cognitive radio, superposed transmission, and non‐orthogonal multiple access. Laser free‐space optical communications. Visible‐light communications.

* Current trends in communication system design.



Prof. Kam Pooi Yuen
8 September 2017
National University of Singapore

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Course Fee
Standard Fee: SGD $856

* Fees indicated are inclusive of GST.

* Fees include course materials, morning tea break, lunch and afternoon tea break.

* The course date is subject to change. Please check TDSI website for programme updates. 

* Participants who fully complete the 1-day course may qualify for PDUs by the PEB.