Selected Topics in Communications Engineering

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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

Registration: Campus

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, October 11th 2018 at 1:00pm in room MMR (IENT). A formal registration in the RWTHonline system is required.

The integrated presentation workshop will take place on Friday, October 26th 2018 from 9am to 3:30pm in room 4G (IKS).

The seminar presentations will take place on:
Friday, October 7th from 2:00-6:00pm, MMR (IENT)
Monday, October 10th from 2:00-6:00pm, MMR (IENT)
Tuesday, October 18th from 2:00-6:00pm, 4G (IKS)
Thursday, October 20th from 2:00-6:00pm, 4G (IKS)

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
  • ...

Topic in Summer term 2017: "Machine Learning for Audiovisual Processing"

  • Neural Networks for Direction-of-Arrival (DOA) estimation
  • Recurrent Neural Networks for Speech Enhancement
  • Application of Neural Networks for Active Noise Cancellation
  • Acoustic Scene Classification
  • ...


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