ECE-S 690 – Multiterminal Information Theory, Spring 2012

Lecture Time and Location

Thursdays, 6:30PM - 9:20PM. CAT 77


Prof. John MacLaren Walsh. Office: Bossone 203. Telephone: (215) 895-2360. Email:

Office Hours: Wednesday 10AM-Noon.

Course Website

This class has a website: You will need to check it periodically throughout the semester for information concerning reading assignments, homework assignments, exam information, and projects.


Courses covering probability and random variables such as ECES-521 and ECES-522. A first course on information theory, e.g. ECET-602 covering the fundamental limits for lossless compression, lossy compression, and channel coding; or an equivalent level of familiarity with this material.

Textbooks and Resources

Throughout the quarter we will make use of material from the following texts:

Additionally, a significant amount of material will be drawn from journal publications available through IEEE explore. The primary “text” for the course will be the Course Lecture Notes which will be available in class and online (see schedule below).

Grading Policy

There will be graded homework assignments, a midterm exam, a final project, and a final exam. These will count towards the final grade as follows: homework (25%), midterm exam (25%), final exam (25%), final project (25%). Due to the few, yet condensed, nature of the lectures, late homework can not be accepted. If you wish to dispute the grading of a homework/project/exam, you must attach to the homework/project/exam a piece of paper outlining your complaint and return it to the instructor within 2 business days after the homework/project/exam is returned. Any disputation of grading which does not follow these guidelines will not be accepted, and may lead to a reduction in your grade.

Tentative Outline of Course Content

This course covers advanced topics in multiterminal information theory. The course will cover topics from multiterminal source coding and network coding over directed acyclic graphs. Multiterminal channel coding is left for a follow-on course.

Course Schedule & Assignments

This document is current as of June 7, 2012.