Applied Signal Processing


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge about the field of signal processing and how and when to apply this on real-world signals.
  • Must have knowledge about the nature of real-world signals impaired by noise, such as additive noise, convolutional noise, and non-linear noise.
  • Must have knowledge about stochastic signals, how they can be modelled mathematically, as well as the possibilities provided and the constraints imposed by such models.
  • Must understand the scientific communication processes related to conference presentations and related to publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Must know how to organize a scientific publication. 


  • Must be able to apply fundamental methods for one or more of 1) signal detection in order to extract information from a signal, 2) optimization problems related to signal processing or signal analysis, 3) selecting and using the correct transducers and equipment based on their properties and limitations.
  • Must be able to perform either 1) a parametric spectral analysis in order to derive the spectral content of a stochastic signal, and compare and evaluate the result against non-parametric methods, e.g., based on Fourier analysis, or 2) carry out calibrated capturing and playback of acoustical signals, either by a computer or by dedicated electronic equipment.
  • Must be able to identify which problem-specific parameters are of importance and which are not, e.g. positioning of transducers, surroundings, sensitivity to noise etc.
  • Must be able to test to which extent the given set-up follows the set of requirements as defined by the project.
  • Must be able to identify and select between deterministic and stochastic methods to the project-specific problem(s).
  • Must be able to identify and describe the project relevant challenges with respect to the given application and signal processing solutions.
  • Can explain the process of and criteria for peer reviewed scientific communications.
  • Can write a paper for a scientific conference/journal.
  • Can prepare and give an oral and poster presentation for a scientific conference.


  • Must be able to read and understand selected scientific literature and then apply the theories, methods, and/or tools in order to solve a problem.
  • Must be able to decide which basic theories and practical methods to apply to real-world signals.
  • Must be able to present the problem, the suggested solution(s), experiments and simulation results, as well as the overall conclusion in terms of a scientific paper and a poster.
  • Must be able to present orally the main contribution and conclusion of the work in terms of a 15 minutes conference presentation.
  • Are able to judge and prioritize the validity of various sources of scientific information.
  • Can apply internationally recognized principles for acknowledging and citing work of others properly.
  • Can formulate and explain scientific hypotheses and results achieved through scientific work.
  • Are able to analyze results and draw conclusions on a scientific basis.

Type of instruction

Students are organized in groups of up to six members working according to the POPBL concept at Aalborg University. Each group will be supervised by at least one staff member doing research within the main topic(s) addressed in the project. On this Semester the project has to be documented in the following forms (all in English):

  • A scientific article
  • An oral presentation
  • A poster
  • Edited worksheets, providing all relevant project details

For further information see § 17. 



Name of examApplied Signal Processing
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleAnvendt signalbehandling
Module codeESNSPAK1P1
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Electronics and IT
DepartmentDepartment of Electronic Systems
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design