Selected Topics in Communications Engineering

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

Contact: Sebastian Nagel, Erik Fleischhauer, and Christian Rohling

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.

Fundamental knowledge of communications engineering, e.g. from the lectures "Advanced Topics in Signal Processing and Communication", "Machine Learning for Speech and Audio Processing", "Digital Speech Transmission" or "Visual Media Communication". The number of participants is limited.

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

Language: German / English


Introduction and topic assignment will take place on Wednesday, 10 April 2024 at 1:30PM - 2:30PM online. A formal registration in the RWTHonline system is required.

Presentation Workshop:

Friday, 19 April 2024, 09:00AM - 5:00PM at lecture hall 4G, IKS

Final presentations:

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 and Wednesday, 22 May 2024 at Youth Hostel Rurberg.

Attendance at all dates stated above is mandatory.



Topics in summer term 2024

  • Perceptual Coding of Virtual Room Acoustics
  • Spatial Upscaling of Higher-Order Ambisonics Signals
  • Multi-Modal Speech Enhancement for Earbuds
  • Adaptive Noise Cancellation in Headphones

Topics in winter term 2023/24

  • Spatial Interpolation of Room Impulse Responses
  • HRTF Measurements using Head-Mounted Devices
  • Wind Noise Reduction for Headphones and Hearing Aids
  • Acoustic Transparency in Headphones


The results of the evaluation of the last years are summarized below.

Sommersemester 2024

Participants of the evaluation: 12
Seminar concept: 1,1
Materials: 1,4
Teaching of course content: 1,2