Further Explorations

EE 417
Modern Wireless Communications

4 credits

Winter 2014
Mondays and Wednesdays: 09:30 - 11:20 am
SIG 230

Telecom Network


  • Welcome to Class!

Instructor: Payman Arabshahi, Applied Physics Laboratory and Dept. of Electrical Engineering, ude.notgnihsaw.ee@namyap, Tel: (206) 221-6990. Office hours: after class (SIG 230), or by appointment.

Teaching Assistant: Leon Po-Han Wu, Tel: (206) 685-2454, <phw2 at uw.edu>, Office Hours: Mondays, 12:00 - 01:30 pm; Wednesdays: 04:00 - 05:00 pm; and Thursdays: 10:00 - 11:30 am, in EEB 333, or by appointment.

Class Mailing List: <ee417a_wi14 at u.washington.edu>

Textbook: J.G. Proakis and M. Salehi, Fundamentals of Communication Systems, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, 2013.

Course Description: Introduction to digital communication systems at the physical layer (PHY). Examines modulation techniques for digital communications, signal space, optimum receiver design, error performance, error control coding for high reliability, mulitpath fading and its effects, RF link budget analysis, equalization, multicarrier modulation, and spread spectrum systems.

Prerequisite: An inquisitive mind, knowledge of linear systems theory in discrete and continuous time (EE 235, EE 341), and MATLAB programming experience.


  • Homeworks: 20%.
  • Projects 1 through 4: 5% each, for a total of 20%
  • Midterm Exam: 30%
  • Final Project or Exam (TBD): 30%


The following books are on reserve at the Engineering Library (4-hour checkout).

  1. B.P. Lathi, Modern Digital and Analog Communications Systems, Oxford University Press, 1998.
  2. R.E. Ziemer and W.H. Tranter, Principles of Communication: Systems, Modulation and Noise, Wiley, 2001.
  3. J.G. Proakis and M. Salehi, Digital Communications, 5th ed., McGraw-Hill, 2008.

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