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An Introduction to Coding Theory by NPTEL

Offered by Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and NPTEL


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An Introduction to Coding Theory by NPTEL

  • Offered by IIT Kanpur
  • Final score comprises of 25% of average of best 6 assignments and 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Enrollments start from 17 August 2020
  • Course conducted by Prof. Adrish Banerjee (IIT Kanpur alumni)
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An Introduction to Coding Theory by NPTEL
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  • 3rd/4th year UG students, PG students & faculty in electronics and communications engineering
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  • Error control coding is an indispensible part of any digital communication system. In this introductory course, we will discuss theory of linear block codes and convolutional codes, their encoding and decoding techniques as well as their applications in real world scenarios. Starting from simple repetition codes, we will discuss among other codes: Hamming codes, Reed Muller codes, low density parity check codes, and turbo codes. We will also study how from simple codes by concatenation we can build more powerful error correcting codes.

An Introduction to Coding Theory by NPTEL

Week 1

Lecture 1: Introduction to error control coding

Lecture 2: Introduction to linear block codes, generator matrix and parity check matrix

Lecture 3: Properties of linear block codes: Syndrome, error detection

Week 2

Lecture 4: Decoding of linear block codes

Lecture 5: Distance properties of linear block codes

Week 3

Lecture 6: Some simple linear block codes: Repetition codes, Single parity check codes, Hamming codes, Reed Muller codes

Lecture 7: Bounds on size of codes: Hamming bound, Singleton bound, Plotkin bound, Gilbert-Varshamov bound

Week 4

Lecture 8: Introduction to convolutional codes-I: Encoding, state diagram, trellis diagram

Lecture 9: Introduction to convolutional codes-II: Classification, realization, distance properties

Lecture 10: Decoding of convolutional codes-I: Viterbi algorithm

Week 5

Lecture 11: Decoding of convolutional codes-II: BCJR algorithm

Lecture 12: Performance bounds for convolutional codes

Week 6

Lecture 13: Low density parity check codes

Lecture 14: Decoding of low density parity check codes: Belief propagation algorithm on BSC and AWGN channels

Week 7

Lecture 15: Turbo codes

Lecture 16: Turbo decoding

Week 8

Lecture 17: Distance properties of turbo codes

Lecture 18: Convergence of turbo codes

Lecture 19: Automatic repeat request schemes

Lecture 20: Applications of linear codes

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