DIMACS Workshop on Algebraic Coding Theory and Information Theory

December 15 - 18, 2003
DIMACS Center, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

Alexei Ashikhmin, Bell-Labs, aea@research.bell-labs.com
Alexander Barg, DIMACS, abarg@ieee.org
Iwan Duursma, University of Illinois, duursma@math.uiuc.edu
Presented under the auspices of the Special Focus on Computational Information Theory and Coding.

Discoveries made in coding theory in the 1990s brought forward a number of new topics that presently attract attention of specialists. Present-day developments in coding theory are concentrated around low-complexity code families, algebraic and lattice decoding, code design for multiple access channels, interplay with the theory of random matrices, quantum error correction, quantization, nontraditional applications of coding theory such as alternatives to routing in networks, coding of correlated sources, problems in theoretical computer science. Expanding into these areas enriched coding theory research with new problems and ideas. On the other hand, a number of recent studies in information theory attempt at developing structured code families as an alternative to random coding arguments usually employed to establish performance limits.

The overall purpose of the workshop is to establish or further links between algebraic coding and information/communications theory, The workshop will feature theoretical contributions in some of the named areas, both new results and tutorial presentations. It will have a substantial educational component, exposing coding theorists to a new range of problems and presenting constructive methods to the information theory community. It is hoped that as a result of the workshop, experts in coding theory will be able to identify problems in information theory that can be addressed with coding theory methods, and information theorists will become more familiar with ideas used for code construction.

Financial Support: A limited amount of funding is available for partial support of people wishing to attend. Students, recent Ph.D.'s, women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. To apply for funding, please write to the organizers. If you are a student, also solicit a letter from a faculty adviser.

Confirmed Invited Participants
Rudolf Ahlswede Bielefeld
Joseph Boutros ENST, Paris
Jean-Claude Belfiore ENST, Paris
Robert Calderbank Princeton University
G. David. Forney MIT
Neri Merhav Technion
Janos Korner Rome
Reginaldo Palazzo University of Campinas
Sergio Verdu Princeton University
Jonathan Yedidia MERL, Boston
Ram Zamir Tel Aviv University
Gilles Zemor ENST, Paris

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