389.094 MIMO Communications
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to develop and implement various components of modern MIMO communication systems und to assess their performance. Furthermore, they are able to select MIMO channel models suitable for this purpose.



Subject of course

The use of multiple almost co-located antennas (also referred to as multiple-input multiple-output, or MIMO) in wireless communication channels for enhancing system capacity and link reliability has become a major research topic within the last decade. Some of the relevant information-theoretic results have been known for a long time. Now, advances in miniaturization enable the implementation of the required signal processing tasks in commercial applications. Recent initiatives for standardization of future MIMO communication systems include UMTS (3GPP Release 7 and UMTS-LTE) and Wireless LANs (IEEE 802.11n). These efforts reflect the importance of MIMO techniques to modern communication systems. In this course, we give an introduction to the fundamentals of MIMO communications over wireless channels. The topics include information-theoretic, signal processing aspects, and considerations about modeling the electromagnetic propagation channel. Finally, we exemplify the theory by discussing the designs of several MIMO communication systems.


  1. Introduction
  2. Physical modeling of (MIMO) channels
  3. Diversity/multiplexing trade-off and space-time coding
  4. Capacity of MIMO channels
  5. Exploiting channel knowledge at the transmitter
  6. Multi-user MIMO systems and capacity regions
  7. MIMO equalization and decoder structures
  8. Massive MIMO in 5G

Teaching methods


Mode of examination


Additional information

First class: Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, 1:00-2:30 pm

We will use the following Zoom meeting room throughout the semester:


Meeting ID: 987 3859 8757
Password: 0FEcF0dZ

Recordings of last year's lectures are available on the following TUpeerTube-Channel: 




Examination modalities

oral exam 


Course registration

Not necessary



No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Foundations of linear algebra, foundations of signal- and systems theory