2020-2021 / ELEN0060-2

Information and coding theory


30h Th, 15h Pr, 30h Proj.

Number of credits

 Master of Science (MSc) in Biomedical Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Data Science5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Electrical Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science and Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Data Science and Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science5 crédits 


Louis Wehenkel

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

NB: This course is given in English, since the 2013-2014 academic year.
Information theory provides a quantitative measure of the information provided by a message or an observation. This notion was introduced by Claude Shannon in 1948 in order to establish the limits of what is possible in terms of data compression and transmission over noisy channels. Since these times, this theory has found many applications in telecommunications, computer science ans statistics. The courss is composed of three parts.

  • The foundations of information theory.
  • An introduction to coding theory for data compression, error-free communication, and cryptography.
  • An overview of other applications of information theory.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Successful completion of this course means that the student has acquired a good understanding of the principles of information theory and will be able to exploit these principles in order to analyze and design source and channel coding algorithms.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Probability calculus and elements of statistics.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Exercise sessions and homework.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

2nd semester

Recommended or required readings

Available at AEES

Assessment methods and criteria

Practical work for each student. Written exam (June).

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

Web page: http://www.montefiore.ulg.ac.be/~lwh/Info