Archived Versions

16.36 Communication Systems Engineering

As taught in: Spring 2009

Diagram showing 11 units linked within four piconets.

Diagram of multi-hop topology, with several piconets in the same coverage area. See the Lecture 21-22 notes for more details. (Image courtesy of Prof. Gil Zussman, Columbia University.)




Prof. Eytan Modiano

Course Features

Course Description

This course will cover fundamentals of digital communications and networking. We will study the basics of information theory, sampling and quantization, coding, modulation, signal detection and system performance in the presence of noise. The study of data networking will include multiple access, reliable packet transmission, routing and protocols of the internet. The concepts taught in class will be discussed in the context of aerospace communication systems: aircraft communications, satellite communications, and deep space communications.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .wav and .m.