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Course Date: 08 September 2014 to 12 January 2015 (18 weeks)
This course is an introduction to information theory, which emphasizes fundamental concepts as well as analytical techniques. Specific topics include: Information Measures, The I-Measure, Zero-Error Data Compression, Weak Typicality, Strong Typicality, Discrete Memoryless Channels, etc.
This book and its predecessor, A First Course in Information Theory (Kluwer 2002,
essentially the first edition of the 2008 book), have been adopted by over 60
universities around the world as either a textbook or reference text. The electronic version
of the 2008 book can be downloaded for free (with institutional subscription).
At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of information theory.
Appreciate the notion of fundamental limits in communication systems and more generally all systems.
Develop deeper understanding of communication systems.
Apply the concepts of information theory to various disciplines in information science.
There will be 15 weeks of lectures, each composed of video clips of around 5-20 minutes with a total length equal to 50 minutes (equivalent to about 2 to 3 hours of classroom teaching). There will be regular homework assignments for you to check your understanding of the lecture videos.