Selected Topics in Communications Engineering

This seminar is jointly organized by the Institut für Nachrichtentechnik and the Institute of Communication Systems.

Tutors:Matthias Schrammen, Sebastian Nagel, Christian Rohling, and Maria Meyer

Type: Seminar with 3 or 4 SWS


In this seminar, advanced topics of communications technology and information transmission will be discussed. The focus will be on recent developments as well as aspects of system realization.

Participating students work out different topics and present these in talks of about 25 minutes. Apart from the scientific and technical topics, the seminar also emphasizes on presentation skills. These are addressed in a Presentation Workshop which is held early in the semester. This workshop also provides an introduction into the technical topics of the seminar.

Fundamental knowledge of communications engineering, e.g. from the lectures "Kommunikationstechnik", "Information Theory and Source Coding", "Informationsübertragung" or "Signals, Systems and Communication". The number of participants is limited to 16 (SS) or 20 (WS), respectively.

Materials: Starting material for the literature research will be provided.

Language: German / English


Introduction and topic assignment will take place on Wednesday, April 2nd 2019 at 2:00pm in lecture room 4G (IKS). A formal registration in the RWTHonline system is required.

The integrated presentation workshop will take place on Friday, April 26th 2019 from 9am to 4:00pm in room MMR (R27, IENT).

The seminar presentations will take place at the youth hostel Rurberg on:
Tuesday, June 11th from 9:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday, June 12th from 9:00am-5:00pm,

All dates stated above are compulsory.


Selection of Previous Seminars

Topic in Winter term 2018/19: "Efficient Data Representation and Sparse Models for Audio-Visual Communication"

  • Sparsity in Room Impulse Response-Modelling
  • Feature Engineering for Machine Learning in the Speech Domain
  • Dictionary Learning for Image Compression
  • Compression and Quantisation of Neural Networks
  • ...

Topic in Summer term 2018: "Scene Analysis for Audio-Visual Content"

  • Directional Audio Coding
  • Score Following in Music Signals
  • Image Generation and Inpainting using Neural Networks
  • Video Captioning
  • ...

Topic in Winter term 2017/18: "Signal Modelling for Audio-Visual Communication"

  • Model-based Individualization of Head-Related Transfer Functions
  • Signal Models for Echo Cancellation in Non-linear Environments
  • Dynamic Texture Synthesis Using CNNs
  • Image Coding Using Generalized Predictors
  • ...


Summer term 2019:
Participants of the evaluation: 18
Global grade: 1.5
Seminar Concept: 1.5
Supervision during Lecture and Elaboration: 1.5


Winter term 2018/19:
Participants of the evaluation: 17
Global grade: 1.4
Seminar Concept: 1.5
Supervision during Lecture and Elaboration: 1.4


Summer term 2018:
Participants of the evaluation: 16
Global grade: 1.3
Seminar Concept: 1.2
Supervision during Lecture and Elaboration: 1.3