This PhD course introduces the primary basic concepts of biological signal processing for scientists and students with no engineering background. The course presents the concepts with minimum use of mathematical formulations and more emphasis on visual illustrations. The idea is to present an intuitive approach to understanding the basics of signal processing and exemplify some practical applications of the concepts by which the readers achieve basic knowledge and skills in signal processing. Most of illustrations in the course have been created by computer programming in MATLAB; thus, the reader will learn the basics of using computers in signal processing applications.

The course will cover topics such as:

 ·         Signal characteristics in time and frequency domains

·         Power spectrum and its properties

·         Time-frequency representations

·         Filters in Frequency domain and spatial filters

·         Relevance of the signal processing theories in processing of biological signals such as electromyogram and electroencephalogram

·         Limitations of available solutions

·         Nonlinear analysis of signals

An introduction to signal processing for non-engineers / by Afshin Samani. First edition. | Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, 2019.
Selected papers and book chapters will be provided shortly before the course.

The students participating should have basic knowledge about the physiological mechanisms underlying at least a type of biological signals.

The course will be evaluated through the participants’ presentation of the relevance of signal processing theories in their projects and active discussion of in groups would be expected.

Organizer: Associate Professor Afshin Samani, email:

Lecturers: Associate Professor Afshin Samani and invited speaker(s)

ECTS: 1.5

Time: 28 and 29 April 2022 (8.15-14.15)

Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7, room D2-106 - Face to face lectures

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 7 April 2022

Important information concerning PhD courses:
We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. 
We look forward to your registrations.