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Prof. V.M. Gadre
IIT Bombay


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Broad aims of the course:

A1. To introduce the student to the idea of signal and system analysis and characterization.

A2. To provide a foundation to numerous other courses that deal with signal and system concepts directly or indirectly: viz: communication, control, instrumentation, and so on. The concepts in this course are also useful to students of disciplines other than electrical engineering; since signal and system analysis is required in many branches of engineering and science: for example, mechanical engineering,   chemical engineering, aerospace engineering.      

Proposed syllabus for the course: (this may be modified after consulting prospective attendees: depending on need and background):

1. An introduction to signals and systems: Signals and systems as seen in everyday life, and in various branches of engineering and science electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, thermal, biomedical signals and systems as examples. Extracting the common essence and requirements of signal and system analysis from these examples.

2. Formalizing signals: energy and power signals, signal properties: periodicity, absolute integrability, determinism and stochastic character. Some special signals of importance: the unit step, the unit impulse, the sinusoid, the complex exponential, some special time-limited signals; continuous and discrete time signals, continuous and discrete amplitude signals.

3. Formalizing systems: system properties: linearity: additivity and homogeneity, shift-invariance, causality, stability, realizability. Examples.

4. Continuous time and discrete time Linear shift-invariant (LSI) systems in detail: the impulse response and step response, convolution, input-output behavior with aperiodic convergent inputs, cascade interconnections. Characterization of causality and stability of linear shift-invariant systems. System representation through differential equations and difference equations.

5. Periodic and semi-periodic inputs to an LSI system, the notion of a frequency response and its relation to the impulse response, Fourier series representation, the Fourier Transform, convolution/multiplication and their effect in the frequency domain, magnitude and phase response, Fourier domain duality. The Discrete-Time Fourier Transform (DTFT) and the Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT). Parseval's Theorem. The idea of signal space and orthogonal bases of signals.

6. The Laplace Transform for continuous time signals and systems: the notion of eigen functions of LSI systems, a basis of eigen functions, region of convergence, system functions, poles and zeros of system functions and signals, Laplace domain analysis, solution to differential equations and system behavior. Generalization of Parseval's Theorem.

7. The z-Transform for discrete time signals and systems: eigen functions, region of convergence, system functions, poles and zeros of systems and sequences, z-domain analysis. Generalization of Parseval's Theorem.

8. System realization through block-diagram representation and system interconnection. State-space analysis and multi-input, multi-output representation. The state-transition matrix and its role.

9. The Sampling Theorem and its implications. Spectra of sampled signals. Reconstruction: ideal interpolator, zero-order hold, first-order hold, and so on. Aliasing and its effects. Relation between continuous and discrete time systems.

10. Applications of signal and system theory: modulation for communication, filtering and so on.

11. Advanced topics: time-frequency representation and the uncertainty principle, Short-time Fourier Transforms and wavelet transforms.

   Some Suggested Textbooks/ Reference books:

1. A.V. Oppenheim, A.S. Willsky and I.T. Young, "Signals and Systems", Prentice Hall, 1983.

2. R.F. Ziemer, W.H. Tranter and D.R. Fannin, "Signals and Systems - Continuous and Discrete", 4th edition, Prentice Hall, 1998.

3. A. Papoulis, "Circuits and Systems: A Modern Approach", HRW, 1980.

4. B.P. Lathi, "Signal Processing and Linear Systems", Oxford University Press, c1998.

5. Douglas K. Lindner, "Introduction to Signals and Systems", Mc-Graw Hill International Edition: c1999.

6. Simon Haykin, Barry van Veen, "Signals and Systems", John Wiley and Sons (Asia) Private Limited, c1998.

7. Robert A. Gabel, Richard A. Roberts, "Signals and Linear Systems", John Wiley and Sons (SEA) Private Limited, c1995.

8. M. J. Roberts, "Signals and Systems - Analysis using Transform methods and MATLAB", Tata Mc Graw Hill Edition, 2003.

9. I. J. Nagrath, S. N. Sharan, R. Ranjan, S. Kumar, "Signals and Systems", Tata Mc Graw Hill Publishing Company Ltd., New Delhi, 2001.

10. Ashok Ambardar, "Analog and Digital Signal Processing", Second Edition, Brooks/ Cole Publishing Company (An international Thomson Publishing Company), c1999.

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