Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Emanuele Viterbo


The unit introduces the fundamentals of statistical signal processing with emphasis on stochastic models, estimation theory, parametric and non-parametric modelling and least squares methods.

After a review of basic probability and random processes, the use of stochastic models for real world signals is illustrated. A family of algorithms for the creation, efficient representation and effective modelling is presented.

Specifically, linear stochastic models are presented and the importance of correlation structure in deriving the parameters of such models is illustrated.

The unit also covers how parametric and non-parametric models as well as statistical techniques are used to extract information from data signals corrupted by noise. The concept of estimation from real world data is presented, as opposed to the basic analysis of signals, transfer functions and power spectra. In particular, the fundamentals of linear estimation theory and optimal filtering to design advanced signal processing algorithms are presented.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • describe various models for real world signals
  • analyse the performance of a range of estimation methods
  • simulate a wide range of stochastic signal processing algorithms and interpret the results
  • design specific algorithms for processing real world signals such as audio, financial data and biomedical data.


Continuous assessment: 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 3 hours of tutorial/laboratory, and 6 hours of private study per week.

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