Lecture "Adaptive Filters"


Basic Information
Lecturers: Gerhard Schmidt (lecture), Karolin Krüger (exercise)
Room: Building F, room SR-IV
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Language: English
Target group: Students in electrical engineering and computer engineering
Prerequisites: Basics in system theory

Students attending this lecture should learn the basics of adaptive filters. To achieve this, necessary algorithms will be derived and applied to problems arising in speech and audio processing. The algorithms comprise Wiener filtering, linear prediction, and adaptive schemes such as the NLMS algorithm, affine projection, and the RLS algorithm. For applications from speech and audio processing we use noise and reverberation reduction, echo cancellation, and beamforming.

Topic overview:

  • Introduction and application examples
  • Signal properties and cost functions
  • Wiener filter and principle of orthogonality
  • Linear prediction
  • RLS algorithm
  • LMS algorithm and its normalized version
  • Affine projection algorithm
  • Control of adaptive filters
  • Efficient processing structures
  • Applications of linear prediction



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The following schedule regarding lectures and excercises is preliminary and may be adapted during the semester.

Each event starts at 8:15 h and might use the whole slot (lecture and exercise) until 11:45 h.

Date Event
19.04.2024 Lecture: Introduction
26.04.2024 Lecture: Wiener filter
03.05.2024 Lecture: Linear prediction
10.05.2024 Exercise: Wiener Filter and linear prediction
17.05.2024 Lecture: Algorithms part I
24.05.2024 Lecture: Algorithms part II
31.05.2024 Lecture: Control
07.06.2024 Exercise: Algorithms and Control
14.06.2024 Lecture: Processing structures
21.06.2024 Student talks and Lecture: Applications of linear prediction
28.06.2024 Exercise: Processing structures and questions


Lecture Slides

Link Content
Slides of the lecture "Introduction"
(Introduction, boundary conditions of the lecture, applications)
Slides of the lecture "Wiener Filter"
(basics, principle of orthogonality, suppression of background noise)
Slides of the lecture "Linear Prediction"
(derivation of linear prediction, Levinson-Durbin recursion)
Slides of the lecture "Algorithms (Part 1 of 2)"
(RLS algorithm, LMS algorithm [part 1 of 2])
Slides of the lecture "Algorithms (Part 2 of 2)"
(LMS algorithm [part 2 of 2], affine projection algorithm)
Slides of the lecture "Control"
(basic aspect, pseudo-optimal control parameters)
Slides of the lecture "Processing Structures"
(polyphase filterbanks, prototype lowpass filter design)
Slides of the lecture "Applications of Linear Prediction"
(Improving the speed of convergence, filter design)



Link Content
Extension for the lecture "Wiener Filter"
(derivation of the error surface)


Matlab Demos

Link Content
Matlab demo (GUI based) for adaptive system identification
Matlab demo (GUI based) for adaptive noise suppression
Matlab demo (GUI based) for linear prediction
Matlab demo (GUI based) for the NLMS algorithms
Matlab demo (GUI based) for prediction-based filter design



We provide additional videos and corresponding materials (e.g., questions and answers) for each topic below.

Exercises will be conducted according to the (preliminary) schedule above. Please register for the corresponding OLAT course to receive further information by mail (https://lms.uni-kiel.de/url/BusinessGroup/3276832778). Please bring a notebook for the exercises.

Video Content Material

Wiener filter:

  • summary
  • comprehension questions
  • python demo

Linear prediction:

  • summary
  • comprehension questions
  • signal visualization
  • python demo


  • summary
  • explaining algorithms
  • comprehension questions
  • python demo


  • motivation/summary
  • comprehension questions
  • python demo

Processing structures:

  • summary
  • comprehension questions
  • python demo


Student Talks

As part of the lecture, each student will give a talk about a certain topic as a prerequisite to sit the exam. The aim is both to give you the chance to work on an adaptive filter-related topic that interests you, and to improve your presentational skills. The talks should take ten minutes, plus 2.5 minutes of discussion and 2.5 minutes of feedback.

Please contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your topic suggestion until 21.06.2024. Below you can find the current schedule of the talks.


Time Topic Presenter(s)
08:15 h Opening Gerhard Schmidt
08:25 h Adaptive Filters in Hearing Aids Henning Eikens



If you do not have a date for the exam yet please register in the online booking system (once the exam dates have been set). You can find the booking system here.



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