Statistical Communication Theory
- Dr. B.-Peter Paris
Nguyen Engineering Building Room 3803
Tel.: (703) 993–1559
Time and Place
- Thursday 7:20pm — 10:00pm, Innovation Hall, Room 330
- Thursday 5:30pm — 6:30pm and Tuesday 3:00 — 4:00pm.
- Upamanyu Madhow, Fundamentals of Digital Communication,
Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Recommended Further Reading
- J.M. Wozencraft and I.M. Jacobs, Principles of Communication Engineering,
New York: Wiley & Sons, 1965. (reissued by Waveland Press, Prospect Heights,
- H.L. van Trees, Detection, Estimation, and Modulation Theory, vol. I, New York:
Wiley & Sons, 1968.
- J.G. Proakis, Digital Communications, 5th ed., New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007.
- will be assigned every week except when an exam is scheduled the following week. A
set of solutions will be made available. You are encouraged to work on the assignments in
- will be given: one midterm exam and a comprehensive final exam. All exams are
conducted under the rules and regulations of the Honor Code (see University
On-line Class Material
- Class material will be distributed electronically via the
World-Wide Web. Use a browser to find the ECE 630 homepage at URL
I will also correspond with you through your Mason e-mail account — check your e-mail
regularly. The BlackBoard page for this course will contain homework assignments,
syllabus, and your grades.
- are determined as a weighted average of homeworks and exams in the following
Tentative Course Schedule
- Random variables with emphasis on the Gaussian distribution
- Random processes.
- Signal space concepts.
Optimal Receiver in White Gaussian Noise
- Binary hypothesis testing
- The matched filter.
- M-ary signal sets and the union bound.
- Midterm Exam.
- Message sequences.
- Complex baseband representation of signals and random processes.
- Linear, digital modulation methods and their bandwidth.
- Orthogonal, bi-orthogonal, and differential modulation.
- The final third of the class will consider advanced topics, options
- Introduction to error correction coding.
- Dispersive channels and equalization.
- Fading channels and diversity.
- May 11, 7:30–10:15pm