UniSA to host first Australian School of Information Theory

The Institute for Telecommunications Research will host Australia's first School of Information Theory.

Sponsored by the IEEE Information Theory Society, the School will be held from November 10-13 at the City West campus of the University of South Australia.

The event brings together post-graduate students, researchers and distinguished professors in information theory for three and a half days of technical presentations, tutorials, poster presentations, group activities and networking. Students are invited to submit their research posters for display during the school.

Although the focus is on information theory, interdisciplinary topics will be welcome, for example, topics related to mathematics, physics, biology, control, and networking.

Guest speakers include:

Professor Frank Kschischang, University of Toronto - (An Algebraic Approach to Physical-layer Network Coding)

Professor Raymond Yeung, Chinese University of Hong Kong - (Shannon's Information Measures and Markov Structures)

Professor Muriel Médard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - (The Source, the Channel and the Network - Separation May Hold More Than You Think)

 Professor Girish Nair, University of Melbourne - (A Nonstochastic Theory of Information)

School of Information Theory website

For general enquiries, please contact Dr Siu-Wai Ho, Institute for Telecommunications Research, UniSA siuwai.ho@unisa.edu.au



Prof. Frank Kschischang, the University of Toronto

Frank R. Kschischang received the B.A.Sc. degree (with honors) from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, in 1985 and the M.A.Sc.  and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, in 1988 and 1991, respectively, all in electrical engineering.  He is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, where he has been a faculty member since 1991. During 1997-98, he was a visiting scientist at MIT, Cambridge, MA; in 2005 he was a visiting professor at the ETH, Zurich, and in 2011 and again in 2012-13 he was a visiting Hans Fischer Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Technical University of Munich.

His research interests are focused primarily on the area of channel coding techniques, applied to wireline, wireless and optical communication systems and networks.  In 1999 he was a recipient of the Ontario Premier's Excellence Research Award and in 2001 (renewed in 2008) he was awarded the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Communication Algorithms at the University of Toronto.  In 2010 he was awarded the Killam Research Fellowship by the Canada Council for the Arts.  Jointly with Ralf Koetter he received the 2010 Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award.  He is a recipient of the 2012 Canadian Award in Telecommunications Research.  He is a Fellow of IEEE, of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and of the Royal Society of Canada.

During 1997-2000, he served as an Associate Editor for Coding Theory for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INFORMATION THEORY, and since January 2014, he serves as this journal's Editor-in-Chief.   He also served as technical program co-chair for the 2004 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Chicago, and as general co-chair for ISIT 2008, Toronto.  He served as the 2010 President of the IEEE Information Theory Society. http://www.comm.utoronto.ca/frank/

Prof. Muriel Médard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Muriel Médard is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT. She was previously an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and a member of the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. From 1995 to 1998, she was a Staff Member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Optical Communications and the Advanced Networking Groups. Professor Médard received B.S. degrees in EECS and in Mathematics in 1989, a B.S. degree in Humanities in 1990, a M.S. degree in EE 1991, and a Sc D. degree in EE in 1995, all from MIT. She has served as an Associate Editor for the Optical Communications and Networking Series of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, and of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and the OSA Journal of Optical Networking. She has served as a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, the Joint special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking on Networking and Information Theory and the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensic and Security. She serves as Editor in Chief of JSAC. She serves on the board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society, of which she was president in 2012. She has served as TPC co-chair of ISIT, WiOpt, CONEXT, and Netcod, and co-chair of ISIT and Netcod.

Professor Médard's research interests are in the areas of network coding and reliable communications, particularly for optical and wireless networks. She was awarded the 2009 Communication Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award for the paper: Tracey Ho , Muriel Medard, Rolf Koetter, David Karger, Michelle Effros Jun Shi, Ben Leong, "A Random Linear Network Coding Approach to Multicast", IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 52, no. 10, pp. 4413-4430, October 2006. She was awarded the 2009 William R. Bennett Prize in the Field of Communications Networking for the paper: Sachin Katti , Hariharan Rahul, Wenjun Hu, Dina Katabi, Muriel Medard, Jon Crowcroft, "XORs in the Air: Practical Wireless Network Coding", IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Volume 16, Issue 3, June 2008, pp. 497 - 510. She was awarded the IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Prize Paper Award in 2002 for her paper, "The Effect Upon Channel Capacity in Wireless Communications of Perfect and Imperfect Knowledge of the Channel," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Volume 46 Issue 3, May 2000, Pages: 935-946. She was co- awarded the Best Paper Award for G. Weichenberg, V. Chan, M. Médard, "Reliable Architectures for Networks Under Stress", Fourth International Workshop on the Design of Reliable Communication Networks (DRCN 2003), October 2003, Banff, Alberta, Canada, the Best Paper Award at MONAMI 2013 for M. Kim, T. Klein. E. Soljanin, J. Barros, M. Médard, "Trade-off Between Cost and Goodput in Wireless: Replacing Transmitters with Coding", and a Best Paper Award at the Wireless Communications Symposium, ICC 2013, for G. Angelopoulos, A., Paidimarri, A.Chandrakasan., M. Médard,"Experimental Study of the Interplay of Channel and Network Coding in Low Power Sensor Applications". She received a NSF Career Award in 2001 and was co-winner of the 2004 Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award, established in 1982 to honor junior faculty members "for distinction in research, teaching and service to the MIT community." In 2007 she was named a Gilbreth Lecturer by the National Academy of Engineering. She received the 2013 Graduate Student Council EECS Mentor Award. She received the 2013 MIT Graduate Student Council EECS Mentor Award.  http://www.rle.mit.edu/ncrc/

Prof. Girish Nair, the University of Melbourne

Girish  Nair was born in Malaysia and obtained a B. Engineering (Elec., 1st class Hons.) in 1994, B. Science (math.) in 1995, and Ph.D. (elec. eng.) in 2000,onscholarships from the Australian government and the University of Melbourne. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne, and has previously held visiting positions at the University of Padova, Boston University, and ETH Zurich. His research interests lie in  information theory and networked control, and his work has received  several prizes, including a SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize in 2006, and the Best Theory Paper Prize at the UKACC Int. Conf. Control, Cambridge Uni., 2000. He was an associate editor for the SIAM Jour. Control and Optimization from 2006 - 2011, and is an associate editor for the IEEE Trans.  Automatic Control from 2011. http://people.eng.unimelb.edu.au/gnair/

Prof. Raymond Yeung, the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Raymond W. Yeung received the BS, MEng and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1984, 1985, and 1988, respectively. He joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1988. He is currently Choh-Ming Li Professor of Information Engineering. A cofounder of network coding, he has been serving as Co-Director of the Institute of Network Coding since 2010. He is the author of the books A First Course in Information Theory (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2002) and Information Theory and Network Coding (Springer 2008), which have been adopted by over 60 institutions around the world. His research interest is in information theory and network coding. He was a consultant in a project of Jet Propulsion Laboratory for salvaging the malfunctioning Galileo Spacecraft.

Professor Yeung is a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society from 1999 to 2001. He has served on the committees of a number of information theory symposiums and workshops. He was the General Chair of the First Workshop on Network, Coding, and Applications (NetCod 2005), a Technical Co-Chair of the 2006 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, and a Technical Co-Chair of the 2006 IEEE Information Theory Workshop, Chengdu. He will organize with David Tse the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory in Hong Kong.

Professor Yeung also has served on the editorial board of a number of academic journals. He was an Associate Editor for Shannon Theory of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory from 2002 to 2005. He currently serves as an Editor-at-Large of Communications in Information and Systems, an Editor of Foundation and Trends in Communications and Information Theory and an Editor of Foundation and Trends in Networking. He was a recipient of the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship for 2000/01, the Best Paper Award (Communication Theory) of the 2004 International Conference on Communications, Circuits and System, the 2005 IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award, and the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2007.

Professor Yeung is a Changjiang Chair Professor of Xidian University and an Advisory Professor of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. https://www.ie.cuhk.edu.hk/people/raymond.shtml

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