Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Master advanced digital signal processing  concepts and apply them to receiver and transmitter design in wireless communications

Credits: 5

Schedule: 04.09.2023 - 01.12.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Risto Wichman

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

  1. Join the Teams channel, whose link is in MyCourses, and post your message there
  2. Send email to or
  3. Call 0400 800 801 , Risto
  4. Come to visit Open Innovation House, Office  B252

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Design of FIR filters and multirate filters, and necessary pieces of detection and estimation theory applied to compensation of frequency offset, carrier phase synchronization, symbol timing synchronization, automatic gain control, analog-to-digital conversion, spectrum analysis

  • applies in this implementation

    The goal is to master digital signal processing techniques sufficient to implement a wireless receiver. The hardware used is RTL-SDR USB dongle, and the receiver algorithms are implemented in Matlab.  The received signals are Broadcast FM transmission and GSM 900.  The set of sampling frequencies in the USB dongle are limited, and therefore sampling rate conversion techniques (multirate signal processing) are needed. Time, frequency, and phase synchronization in the receiver are also essential.  These topics are covered in the course emphasizing baseband digital signal processing techniques. Antennas and propagation, analog radio frequency front-end, and error-correcting coding are out of scope,

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures (24h, Risto Wichman, I-II)
    Exercises (24h, assistant, I-II) . Emphasis is on the implementation of algorithms using Matlab and transmitting a signal with USB VGA adapter and receiving with RTL-SDR dongle.  In addition there are weekly quizzes in MyCourses.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    5 cr = 133 h
    Lectures, exercises, exam approximately 50 h
    Individual studying, solving exercises and preparing for examination approximately 80 h

    Attendance in some contact teaching may be compulsory.


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Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 Autumn I - II