Systems and Signals for Bio-Informatics (2010/2011)

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Name of lecturer
Paolo Fiorini
Paolo Fiorini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
I semestre dal Oct 4, 2010 al Jan 31, 2011.

Lesson timetable

I semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Not defined from Oct 5, 2010  to Oct 9, 2010
Tuesday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall F from Oct 11, 2010  to Jan 31, 2011
Thursday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall B  

Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing the students with the mathematical tools required for the analysis and modeling of linear, time-invariant systems, and of the input/output signals to the system itself. The model will allow students to study the main system properties and to address the general concepts of controller and filters to perform simple control actions on the dynamic system and filter operations on the input/output signals.
The mathematical tools will be based on analysis methods in the time domain, as well as of the complex variables s, z and the frequency of the input/output signals. Analysis and synthesis will be carried out both for continuous and discrete time systems and signals. The theoretical concpets acquired during the course will be put to practice with exercise sessions addressing the solution of basic problems analytically and with Matlab.


- Linear time invariant systems
- Impulse response and transfer function
- Laplace transform
- Fourier transform
- Discrete time signals and systems
- Sampling theorem
- Z-transform
- Filtering
- Spectral analysis
- Performance definition of dynamical systems
- Bode diagram and Root Locus
- Basic concepts of controller system design
- Basic concepts of filtering
- Controller design using PID and Root Locus
- Examples of filter design in time and frequency domains

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consist of written and oral tests. The validity of the written test is one year, within which the student can take the oral test, on an appointment basis. During the course two intermediate tests will be offered to the students that can replace, in full or partially, the written test.