Advanced Topics in Information Theory

AT&T 1946 Mobile Telephone Service 

The First Mobile Phone

In 1947 AT&T commercialized Mobile Telephone Service (MTS). From its start in St. Louis in 1946, AT&T then introduced Mobile Telephone Service to one hundred towns and highway corridors by 1948. Mobile Telephone Service was a rarity with only 5,000 customers placing about 30 000 calls each week. Calls were set up manually by an operator and the user had to depress a button on the handset to talk and release the button to listen. The call subscriber equipment weighed about 36 kg.
From Wikipedia

We have come a long way since these early beginnings and information theory can be credited, in part, for making such rapid advancements possible.

In Short

This course is an advanced course in information theory. Based on the theory we have learned in the course Information Theory we will continue to explore the most important results concerning data compression and reliable communication over a communication channel. We will talk about multiple user communication and lossy compression schemes.


Stefano Rini
Engineering Building IV, Office 729 (ED729)

Teaching Assistant

Guo Yuan-Zhu
Office: Engineering Building IV, Lab 716A (ED716A)
Phone: 03-571 21 21 ext. 54630
Office Hours: on appointment


The syllabus is available here

Where and When

Tuesday 13:20-14:10, 14:20-15:10
Thursday 14:20-15:10
in room EE207, Engineering Building 5.

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday 15:20-16:20
in room ED729, Engineering Building 4.
Now temporary in room ED716A, Engineering Building 4.


Exercise 1 (due on 27 Feb.)

Exercise 2 (due on 11 March)

Exercise 3 (due on 18 March)

Exercise 4 (due on 25 March)

Exercise 5 (due on 1 April)

Exercise 6 (due on 8 April)

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