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Nonlinear Signal Processing

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General Description

These two courses combine lectures and problem classes in nonlinear signal processing theory and applications. The theoretical part lays foundations in the area of memoryless nonlinearities (limiters/quantizers/classifiers), nonlinear dynamical systems (nonlinear filters/oscillators/chaos theory), nonlinear statistics (higher-order statistics and information theory), as well as parallel distributed processing (neural networks). The application part is devoted to the modeling of natural signals with nonlinear systems, algorithms for time series analysis and signal synthesis, and nonlinear devices in digital communications systems.

As a prerequisite, students should have prior knowledge in digital signal processing theory and, preferentially, in adaptive systems.

Lecture course

Lecture room: HS i12 “INFONOVA Hörsaal” (ICK1130H)

Lecture dates:

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Problem classes

The theoretical course is accompanied by practical problem classes. For the problem classes several meetings are planned, spanning four major blocks:

  1. Median filtering - Introduction into Nonlinear Signal Processing
  2. Memoryless nonlinearity and Higher Order Statistics (HOS)
  3. Fading memory systems and the corresponding HOS
  4. Infinite memory systems (oscillators, chaos ) and information theory

Grading is based on four homework assignments, one for each major block. You are strongly encouraged to work in pairs! The due date for all four homeworks is TBA. Please submit your homeworks at our mailbox in Inffeldgasse 16c / ground floor. You can find a map HERE. Please also submit your code files to

Please use the newsgroup provided by the ZID at for discussion of the assignments.

What do you have to submit? A written report (one per group, a group consists of at most 2 students) containing your results, figures and the corresponding discussions for all problems marked with a house icon. For analytic problems you can also hand in hand-written sheets, as long as they are readable. Make sure your report contains enough information such that your results are traceable. Mail your Matlab-files to Take a look at and apply our homework guidelines to avoid unecessary point penalties.

Problem Classes material

Important: Please read and apply our SPSC homework guidelines.

Lesson Handout Slides Files Sample Solutions
1 - Median Filtering Handout_1 Slides_1 Lesson_1 SampleSolution_1
2 - Static Nonlinearities Handout_2 Slides_2 Lesson_2 SampleSolution_2
3 - Fading Memory Nonlinearities Handout_3 Slides_3 Lesson_3 SampleSolution_3_1,SampleSolution_3_2
4 - Infinite Memory Nonlinearities Handout_4 Slides_4 Lesson_4 SampleSolution_4, Logistic