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 FleischhauerChristian 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.

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 to 16.

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

Language: German / English


Introduction and topic assignment will take place on Wednesday, April 5th, 2023 at 1:30pm online. A formal registration in the RWTHonline system is required.

Presentation Workshop:

  • Friday, April 28th, 2023, 09:00am - 5:00pm at lecture hall 4G

Final presentations:

  • Tuesday, May 30th and Wednesday, May 31st at Youth Hostel Gemünd.

Attendance at all dates stated above is mandatory.


Selection of Previous Seminars

Topic in winter term 2021/22: "Signal Modelling for Audio-Visual Communication"

  • Wind-Noise Reduction for Hearables and Hearing Aids
  • Applications of Virtual Sensing in Active Noise Control
  • Adversarial Losses for Adversarial Video Compression
  • Wavelet Coefficient Prediction in JPEG2000
  • ...

Topic in summer term 2021: "Machine Learning for Audiovisual Processing"

  • Neural Network-Based Binaural Rendering
  • Automatic Content Recognition Using Audio Fingerprinting
  • Compression of neural networks
  • Machine Learning-based Loop Filtering for Video Coding
  • ...


Winter term 2021/22:
Global grade: 1,3
Seminar Concept: 1,5
Supervision during Lecture and Elaboration: 1,2


Summer term 2020:
Global grade: 1,3
Seminar Concept: 1,3
Supervision during Lecture and Elaboration: 1,3


Winter term 2019/20:
Global grade: 1,4
Seminar Concept: 1,4
Supervision during Lecture and Elaboration: 1,3


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