## ECE 313 - Probability with Engineering Applications

### Semesters Offered

TitleRubricSectionCRNTypeHoursTimesDaysLocationInstructor
Probability with Engrg ApplicECE313A64886DIS0900 - 0950 M W F  3015 ECE Building Juan Alvarez
Probability with Engrg ApplicECE313B49975DIS31000 - 1050 M W F  3015 ECE Building Yihong Wu
Probability with Engrg ApplicECE313C49976DIS31100 - 1150 M W F  3017 ECE Building Yihong Wu
Probability with Engrg ApplicECE313D52208DIS31300 - 1350 M W F  3017 ECE Building Dimitrios Katselis
Probability with Engrg ApplicECE313E61390DIS31400 - 1450 M W F  3017 ECE Building Peter Kairouz
Probability with Engrg ApplicMATH362A64889DIS30900 - 0950 M W F  3015 ECE Building Juan Alvarez
Probability with Engrg ApplicMATH362B54661DIS31000 - 1050 M W F  3015 ECE Building Yihong Wu
Probability with Engrg ApplicMATH362C54663DIS31100 - 1150 M W F  3017 ECE Building Yihong Wu
Probability with Engrg ApplicMATH362D54664DIS31300 - 1350 M W F  3017 ECE Building Dimitrios Katselis
Probability with Engrg ApplicMATH362E61648DIS1400 - 1450 M W F  3017 ECE Building Peter Kairouz

### Official Description

Probability theory with applications to engineering problems such as the reliability of circuits and systems to statistical methods for hypothesis testing, decision making under uncertainty, and parameter estimation. Course Information: Same as MATH 362. Credit is not given for both ECE 313 and MATH 461. Prerequisite: ECE 210.

Core Curriculum

### Description

Introduction to probability theory with applications to engineering problems such as the reliability of circuits and systems and to statistical methods for hypothesis testing, decision making under uncertainty, and parameter estimation.

### Goals

To develop an understanding of probabilistic phenomena in electronic systems with applications to reliability, system engineering, engineering decision-making, and parameter estimation.

### Topics

• Probability spaces
• Conditional probability and independence
• Bayes' rule and decision making under uncertainty
• Reliability of systems
• Random variables
• Many random variables
• Applications
• Limit theorems

### Detailed Description and Outline

To develop an understanding of probabilistic phenomena in electronic systems with applications to reliability, system engineering, engineering decision-making, and parameter estimation.

Topics:

• Probability spaces
• Conditional probability and independence
• Basic probability distributions and how they arise
• Bayes' rule and decision making under uncertainty
• Reliability of systems
• Random variables
• Functions of random variables
• Many random variables (joint distributions, covarince, prediction, etc.)
• Applications
• Limit theorems

### Computer Usage

No required assignments; optional assignments may be given.

### Topical Prerequisites

• Calculus
• Basic linear algebra

### Texts

B. Hajek, Notes for ECE 313: Probability with Engineering Applications

### Required, Elective, or Selected Elective

Required for Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering curricula.

### ABET Category

Engineering Science: 3 credits

### Course Goals

ECE 313 is a junior-level required course in both the EE and CompE curricula. The course introduces students to the theory of probability and its applications to engineering problems in the reliability of circuits and systems, and to statistical methods for hypothesis testing, decision-making under uncertainty, and parameter estimation. The goal is to provide the student with an adequate knowledge of probability and probabilistic reasoning in engineering analyses, and of statistical methods to enable the student to apply these techniques in advanced senior-level elective courses. The course serves as a prerequisite or co-requisite for advanced undergraduate-level technical electives in the areas of signal processing, computer networks, and communications such as

• ECE 365 - Data Science and Engineering
• ECE 461 - Digital Communications
• ECE 418 - Image and Video Processing
• ECE 438 - Communication Networks
• ECE 459 - Communications I
• ECE 463 - Digital Communications Laboratory

as well as numerous graduate courses.

### Instructional Objectives

At the end of this course, the student will be able to apply the knowledge of probability and statistics gained in this course to several different types of problems in engineering.

1. Given a network of hosts that communicate with each other over links that are prone to failure, the student will be able to compute the probability that there exists a viable communication path between any two nodes in the network. (1) The student will also be able to model failure modes for systems composed of several subsystems as a network problem, and to solve such problems. (1)

2. The student will be able to formulate engineering decision-making problems as hypothesis testing schemes that compare likelihood ratios to thresholds. (1, 2) The student will be able to calculate the thresholds required to meet design specifications such as maximum false-alarm probabilities or detection probabilities in radar decision problems. (1,6) The student will be able to design tests using Bayesian methods for the purpose of minimizing the average probability of error. (1,2)

3. The student will be able to specify maximum-likelihood estimates for system parameters. (1,2,6) The student will be able to estimate confidence intervals for parameters for any specified confidence level. (1)

4. The student will be able to compute probability distributions for the parameters of various systems, to estimate average values and variances of these parameters, and to estimate the probabilities that various design specifications are met. (1,6)

### Last updated

10/18/2018by Bruce Hajek