Advanced Coding and Modulation

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Jax

Contact: Till Hardenbicker

Type: Master lecture

Credits: 4

Registration via RWTHonline

Course language: English

All scripts and auxiliary sheets will be available for download at the RWTHmoodle.



from Wednesday, April 10, 2024
08:30 - 10:00 AM
IKS, lecture room 4G


from Wednesday, April 10, 2024
10:15 - 11:00 AM
IKS, lecture room 4G

Consultation Hours:

Individual appointments by arrangement with Till Hardenbicker


The exam will take place orally at the institute. Possible exam dates:
August 20, 2024
September 4, 2024
September 6, 2024
September 18, 2024
September 25, 2024

Please contact
Simone Sedgwick to schedule an appointment by July 26.



The lecture "Advanced Channel Coding and Modulation" covers advanced methods of channel coding and modulation which are employed in modern digital communication systems, e.g., in the DVD- and Blu-ray-discs, in GSM-, UMTS- and UMTS-LTE mobile systems, in digital TV systems (DVB) or in WLAN internet access.

The lecture is held in English language. Prior knowledge of the basic concepts of digital communication is required, as is tought e.g. in the lecture "Kommunikationstechnik". Therefore, the basics of block coding, convolutional coding and digital modulation are just briefly summarized in the respective chapters.

The main focus are recent methods of channel coding for communication channels and storage devices with burst errors, as well as multi-carrier modulation which ist not only employed for DSL connections, but is an integral part of all recent communication systems for frequency selective channels.

In particular, covered topics are

  • Reed Solomon Codes
  • Turbo Codes (Block- and Convolutional Codes)
  • Low-Density Parity-Check Codes (LDPC)
  • Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex Modulation (OFDM).

In addition to the basic principles of these topics, the above mentioned applications are covered as examples.

In conjunctions with the lecture, exercises are offered. Additional lectures with coordinated topics are "Audio Signal Enhancement" and "Digital Speech Transmission".

The lecture notes have been developed to incorporate space for notes, examples and the derivation of proofs.


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

Summer Term 2024

Participants of the evaluation (lecture/exercise): 6/6

Concept of the lecture: 1,3
Materials: 1,2
Teaching of  course content: 1,2

Concept of the exercise: 1,7
Materials: 1,5
Teaching of  course content: 1,8