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Research Roundtable at ISIT 2008
The Information Theory Society Student Committee will be hosting a roundtable research discussion at the 2008 Information Theory Symposium (ISIT) in Toronto. The event will be held on Monday, July 7 during lunchtime in the Ballroom East. All students and postdocs are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided.

The discussion topics, leaders, and suggested references are listed below.

Source coding : Krish Eswaran
  1. T. Berger and J.D. Gibson. Lossy source coding. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 44, no. 6, pp. 2693-2723, 1998.
  2. T. Berger, Rate Distortion Theory: A Mathematical Basis for Data Compression, ser. Information and System Sciences Series. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA: Prentice-Hall, 1971.

Feedback: Ramji Venkataramanan
  1. J Schalkwijk, T Kailath, "A coding scheme for additive noise channels with feedback I: No bandwidth constraint", IEEE Trans. IT, Apr. 1966.
    • This paper describes a coding scheme for the average-power limited AWGN with feedback. The scheme achieves capacity with doubly exponential decay of error with blocklength.
  2. J.L. Massey, "Causality, Feedback and Directed Information", Proc. ISITA 1990.
    • Also, see Massey's tutorial on this topic.
    • Introduces directed information, discusses some of its properties and shows that this is an upper bound to the feedback capacity.
  3. S. Tatikonda, S. Mitter, "The Capacity of Channels with Feedback".
    • Characterizes the capacity of general channels in terms of directed information.
  4. T. Cover, C. Leung, "An achievable rate region for the multiple-access channel with feedback", IEEE Trans. IT, May 1981.
    • A single-letter rate region for a discrete memoryless MAC with feedback. Uses superposition Block-Markov encoding to build cooperation between transmitters.

Distributed detection and estimation: Anima Anandkumar
  1. "An introduction to signal detection and estimation " by Vincent Poor.
  2. "Statistical signal processing" by Steven Kay.
  3. Viswanathan, R.; Varshney, P.K., "Distributed detection with multiple sensors I. Fundamentals," Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol.85, Iss.1, Jan 1997 Pages\ :54-63.
  4. J. N. Tsitsiklis, "Decentralized detection by a large number of sensors,". Math. Control Signals Syst., vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 167

Scaling laws: Awlok Josan
  1. Gupta-Kumar: First paper to consider scaling laws. Introduced the concept of distance based protocol model. Showed throughput of \Omega(1/\sqrt{n log n})\ is achievable.
  2. Franceschetti, Dousse, Tse, Thiran : Used percolation models from physics to show throughput of \Omega(1/\sqrt{n}) is achievable in extended networks, un\ der a bounded propagation model.
  3. Franceschetti, Migliore, Minroe: Currently a pre-print (partial results were presented in Allerton 2007). Shows that the physical limits of channel would\ not allow a throughput greater than O(1/\sqrt{n}).

Zero-error IT: Salim El Rouayheb
  1. C. Shannon, "The zero error capacity of a noisy channel", Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on, 1956.
  2. L. Lovasz, " On the shannon capacity of a graph"Information Theory, IEEETransactions on, 1979.
  3. Korner, J., Orlitsky, A., "Zero-error information theory", Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on, 1998.

Optimization: Chee Wei Tan
  1. An Introduction to Convex Optimization for Communications and Signal Processing, Luo, Z.-Q. Tom Yu, Wei. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communica\ tions, (24): 8 pp. 1426- 1438, Aug. 2006.
  2. M. Chiang, S. H. Low, A. R. Calderbank and J. C. Doyle Proc. Of the IEEE, 2007.

Graphical models: Alex Dimakis
Interference and Secrecy: Xiang He
Relaying: Bobak Nazer

Round Table Research Discussion and Lunch at CISS 2008:

  • The Student Committee of the Information Theory Society will present a research discussion at the next CISS.

    Date: Thursday, March 20, 2008
    Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Location:     Friend Convocation Room
    Join us for a free lunch served together with a discussion on one of the following research topics:

          Table #1:          MIMO Systems
                                 Leader: Jimmy Chui

          Table #2:          Sparse Representations
                                 Leader: Eugene Brevdo

          Table #3:          Network and Info. Security
                                 Leader: Lifeng Lai, Ruoheng Liu, Prasanth Anthapadmanabhan

          Table #4:          Ad-hoc & Sensor Networks

                                 Leader: Sharon Betz

          Table #5:          Network Optimization

                                 Leader: Chee Wei Tan & Joydeep Acharya
          Table #6:          Network Coding
                                 Leader: Anna Pantelidou
     

    Students and Postdocs are welcome!

A Tribute to Sergio Servetto and Panel Discussion at Allerton 2007:

  • The Student Committee of the Information Theory Society will host

     

                  A Tribute to Sergio Servetto

     

    followed by a panel discussion on

     

            What makes a Great Researcher

            Date:      
    Thursday, September 27, 2007

            Time:       8:15 p.m.
            Location:  Library at the Allerton House
           
    All Allerton attendees as well as members of the UIUC community are welcome to attend.

     

    A condolence book for the Servetto's family will also be available. If you cannot attend and wish to contribute something to the tribute or book, please contact Andrea Goldsmith.

     

    You can find more information at http://wsl.stanford.edu/~andrea/SServetto/.

 

Round Table Research Discussion and Lunch at ISIT 2007:

  • The Student Committee of the Information Theory Society will present a research discussion at the next ISIT.
     

            Date:        Monday, June 25, 2007
            Time:       12:45-2:15 p.m.
            Location:  Acropolis Conference Center, Room Clio (3rd level)
           

    Join us for a free lunch served together with a discussion on one of the following research topics:
     

          Table #1:          Multiantenna and Multiuser Channels
                                 Recent Results on the Capacity Regions & Degrees of Freedom

                                 Leader: Hanan Weingarten (The Technion)

          Table #2:          Rate Distortion Theory for Multi-terminal Networks
                                 Leader: Haim Permuter (Stanford)

          Table #3:          Cognitive Radios and Universal IT
                                 Leader: Krish Eswaran (Berkeley)

          Table #4:          Neuroscience and IT

                                 Leader: Bobak Nazer (Berkeley)

          Table #5:          Multiaccess Channels with Feedback

                                 Leader: Michele Wigger (ETHZ)
          Table #6:          IT Security
                                 Leader: Prasanth Ananthapadmanabhan (UMD/UMCP)
          Table #7:          Transmission of Correlated Data in Wireless Networks
                                 Leader: Stephan Tinguely (ETHZ)
          Table #8:          Joint Source-Channel Coding
                                 Leader: Deniz Gunduz (Brooklyn Poly)

          Table #9:          Information Theoretical Aspects of Decentralized Detection
                                 Leader: Amichi Sanderovich (The Technion)

     

    Both tutorial papers and recent results will be discussed (more info)

 

Panel Discussion and Meeting at ISIT 2007:

  • The Student Committee of the Information Theory Society will present a panel at the next ISIT.

            Date:      
     Thursday, June 28, 2007

            Time:       12:45-2:15 p.m.
            Location:  Acropolis Conference Center, Room Muses North (Clio and Thalie)
           
    Panel Topic: "
    Research and Funding: Academic and Industry Perspectives"
    Panelists (Alphabetic Order):

    • Jeffrey Andrews                 (University of Texas, Austin)

    • João Barros                       (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)

    • Robert Calderbank            (Princeton University)

    • Ralf Koetter                      (Technical University of Munich, Germany)

    • Vincent Poor                     (Princeton University)

    • Aylin Yener                       (Pennsylvania State University)


    Join us!

    For the panel discussion with our panelists
          &
    Free lunch
          &
    Free IT Student Committee T-shirts for participants !

            [Download Video]

     

 

Round Table Research Discussion and Lunch at CISS 2007:

  • The Student Committee of the Information Theory Society will present a research discussion at the next CISS.
     

            Date:        Wednesday, March 14, 2007
            Time:       12:00-2:00 p.m.

            Location:  Great Hall of Levering
           
    Join us for a free lunch served together with a discussion on different research topics:
     

            Table #1:           Joint source-channel coding for wireless networks

                                    Leader: Deniz Gunduz (Polytechnic)

            Table #2:           Convex optimization applications

                                    Leader: Joydeep Acharya (Rutgers)
           
    Table #3:           Detection and estimation

                                    Leader: Anima Anandkumar (Cornell)
           
    Table #4:           Distributed source coding

                                    Leader: Peiyu Tan (Lehigh)
           
    Table #5:           Security and cryptography
                                    Leader: Alvaro Cardenas (Berkeley)
           
    Table #6:           MIMO systems
                                    Leader: Mike Tinston (George Mason)

     

    Both tutorial papers and recent results were discussed (more info)

     

    Special thanks to K.V. Srinivas (IIT Madras) for taking pictures!

 

Winter School on Coding and Information Theory:

  • The Winter School on Coding and Information Theory 2007 will take place in the Côte d'Azur Region, the famous French Riviera. Organized by the Mobile Communications Department of the Eurecom Institute, the biennial IEEE Information Theory Society winter school continues its tradition to provide opportunities for graduate students to meet and learn about each other's ongoing research activities.

            Date:      
    March 12 - 16, 2007
            Location:  Côte d'Azur Region, French Riviera
         
    The objective of this winter school is to motivate the participation and interaction of different students, from different universities, to share their experience. In additional, invited guest speakers will be giving special talks on selected topics.

    For more information visit http://itwinterschool07.eurecom.fr/index.html

 

Panel Discussion and Meeting at Allerton 2006:

  • The Student Committee of the Information Theory Society presented a panel at the Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing

            Date:      
     Wednesday, September 27, 2006
            Time:       12:15-1:15 p.m.
            Location:  Visitor Center, Allerton Conference
           
    Panel Topic: "
    Frying Pan or Fire: To Postdoc or Not?"
    Panelists:
    1 - Atilla Eryilmaz         (1st year MIT postdoc)
    2 - Desmond Lun          (1st year UIUC postdoc)
    3 - Yingbin Liang          (2nd year Princeton postdoc)
    4 - Bruno Sinopoli         (soon-to-be CMU professor, currently 2nd year U.C. Berkeley/Stanford postdoc)
    5 - Todd Coleman         (UIUC professor, former postdoc at MIT)
    6 - Tsachy Weissman   (Stanford professor, former Stanford/HP Labs postdoc)
            [Download Audio] [Download Summary]






    Join us for a discussion of the tradeoffs involved in doing a postdoc after graduation, and strategies for landing a good postdoc position.
         
    Snacks and dessert will be provided. Free T-shirts with the new IT Student Committee design for all participants.

 

Panel Discussion and Meeting at ISIT 2006:

  • Download Summary of the IT Student Committee Meeting.

            Date:      
     Thursday, July 13, 2006
            Time:       12:50-2:10 p.m.
            Location:  Grand Ballroom II
           
    Panel Topic: "
    How to Choose, Formulate and Solve an Information Theory Problem"
    Chair: Andrea Goldsmith
    Panelists: Rob Calderbank, Tom Cover, Michelle Effros, Tony Ephremides, Ralf Koetter, Alon Orlitsky.
            [Download Audio]






    Join us for the committee meeting to learn about the latest activities and plan future ones, for the panel discussion with our panelists and for a free lunch.
         
    Free T-shirts with the new IT Student Committee design for all participants.

 

Round Table Research Discussion and Lunch at ISIT 2006:

  • The Student Committee of the Information Theory Society presented a research discussion at the ISIT 2006
     

            Date:        Monday, July 10, 2006
            Time:       12:50-2:10 p.m.
            Location:  Olympic room, 2nd floor
           
    Join us for a free lunch served together with a discussion on one of the following research topics:

            Table #1:          
    MIMO Broadcast Capacity and Space-Time Coding

                                    Leader: Hanan Weingarten (Technion University)

                                                Jinsong Wu (Queen's University)
            Table #2:           Capacity with Feedback

                                    Leader: Haim Permuter (Stanford University)
            Table #3:           Cooperation and Relaying

                                    Leader: Chris Ng (Stanford University)
            Table #4:           Network Coding

                                    Leader: Niranjan Ratnakar (UIUC)
            Table #5:           Secrecy System Capacity
                                    Leader: Yingbin Liang (Princeton University)

    Both tutorial papers and recent results were discussed (more info).

     



 

T-Shirt Design Contest:

  • The IT Student Committee sponsored a T-Shirt design contest

    • The Winning Design
      The Information Theory Students T-Shirt design has been selected! In a vote of 4-2 by the student judges, the design submitted by Ivana Maric has won the T-Shirt design contest [Front Design] [Back Design]! Congratulations to Ivana! The winning design is shown in the figure below. FREE t-shirts will be given out at ISIT 2006 in Seattle and future conferences.

      There were 4 great designs submitted to the contest - thanks to the following students: Chris Ng, Amin Mobasher, Kostis Xenoulis, and Ivana Maric.

      Thanks also to the 6 students who served as judges: Onur Ozan Koyluoglu, Mayank Bakshi, Hossein Bagheri, Ruoheng Liu, John Papandriopoulos, and Edward Kwok Shum.
       

    • About The Contest
      The IT Student Committee is sponsoring a

      T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST!

      Submit a sketch of what YOU would like to wear on our T-shirt. The design selected by student judges will win US $100! Participants at future IT Student Committee events will be given FREE T-shirts with the winning design.

      Bring out the artist or the critic in you. You can choose to either submit a design or volunteer to be a judge. The first "7" students that volunteer (instructions below) will get to serve as judges in the contest.

      ** To submit a design: A pithy statement, equations, images -bring forth your designs for the front and/or the back of the T-shirt (maximum dimension 12in x 12in). Please submit designs in jpg or pdf format by May 15, 2006 Friday May 19, 2006 to
      Lalitha lalitha@winlab.rutgers.edu,
      Ivana ivanam@winlab.rutgers.edu, or
      Brooke bshrader@umd.edu.

      ** To be a judge: send email by May 10, 2006 to
      Lalitha: lalitha@winlab.rutgers.edu.

 

Panel Discussion and Meeting at CISS 2006:

  • Panel Discussion: "Academia versus Research Labs: Tales from the Front Lines"
    Chair: Andrea Goldsmith (Stanford University)
    Panelists: Vincent Poor, Christopher Rose, Stefano Galli, and Emina Soljanin
            [Download Audio*] [Download Summary] [Download Panelist's Vita]
    * Few minutes at the very beginning of the recording are missing due to the technical difficulties.

Panel Discussion and Meeting at Allerton 2005:

  • Download a summary of both ISIT'05 and Allerton'05 meetings.

  • Panel Discussion: "Information Theory: What's Hot, What's Not, What's Changed"
    Chair: Andrea Goldsmith (Stanford University)
    Panelists in the image, from left to right: Abbas El Gamal, P. R. Kumar, Sanjoy Mitter, Tara Javidi, Massimo Franceschetti, Jacob Ziv.
            [Download Audio]

 

First Meeting at ISIT 2005: