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Claude Shannon Centennial Seminar Series
Shannon Centennial

Researchers from around the nation gathered at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to celebrate the 100th birthday of alumnus Claude E. Shannon (BSE EE/Eng Math '36, ScD hon. '61) at the Shannon Centennial Symposium on September 16, 2016. To further this celebration, ECE's Communications and Signal Processing lectures for the fall have been designated the Shannon Centennial Seminar Series.

Shannon is known as the Father of Information Theory. He theorized the binary code of zeros and ones that makes all computing possible. His work was world changing, impacting the future of communications, data compression, statistics, natural language processing, cryptography, neurobiology, quantum computing, linguistics, and more.


Robert Gray

Robert Gray

Alcatel-Lucent Technologies
Professor Emeritus of Communications and Networking
Stanford University

September 22, 2016

Logic, Computing, and Professional Responsibility

Robert Gray lecture

Biography

Robert M. Gray is the Alcatel-Lucent Technologies Professor Emeritus of Communications and Networking at Stanford University and a Research Professor at Boston University. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Institute for Mathematical Statistics, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has received the Claude E. Shannon Award from IEEE Information Theory Society and the Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal from IEEE. A devoted mentor, he received the 2002 U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), the 2013 IEEE Signal Processing Society Education Award, and a 2013 Stanford University President’s Award for Excellence Through Diversity.

 


Rebecca Willett

Rebecca Willett

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Wisconsin

September 23, 2016

Estimating High-Dimensional Autoregressive Point Process

Biography

Rebecca Willett is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Harvey D. Spangler Faculty Scholar, and Fellow oft he Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery atthe University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University in 2005 and was an Assistant then tenured Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University from 2005 to 2013. Willett received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2007, is a member of the DARPA Computer Science Study Group, and received an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program award in 2010. Willett has also held visiting researcher or faculty positions at the University of Nice in 2015, the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA in 2004, the University of Wisconsin-Madison 2003-2005, the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (IN RIA) in 2003, and the Applied Science Research and Development Laboratory at GE Healthcare in 2002.


Bruce Hajek

Bruce Hajek

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

October 13, 2016

Community Detection in Networks: Algorithms, Complexity, and Information Limits

Robert Gray lecture

Biography

Dr. Hajek is Center for Advanced Study Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, and Hoeft Chair in Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Frank Kschischang

Frank Kschischang

Canada Research Chair in Communication Algorithms
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
University of Toronto

October 24, 2016

Fiber-Optic Communication via the Nonlinear Fourier Transform

Frank Kschischang lecture

Biography

Frank R. Kschischang is Distinguished Professor of Digital Communication in the ECE Dept. of the University of Toronto, where he has been since 1991. His research interests focus primarily on channel coding techniques, applied to wireline, wireless and optical communication systems and networks. He has received many awards, including the Ontario Premier's Excellence Research Award, the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Communication Algorithms, the 2012 Canadian Award in Telecommunications Research, the 2010 Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the A. D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award of the IEEE Information Theory Society, as well as a number of teaching awards. He is a Fellow of IEEE, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Royal Society of Canada.

 


Prakash Narayan

Prakash Narayan

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Maryland

October 27, 2016

Shared Information

Robert Gray lecture

Biography

Prakash Narayan received the Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1976, and the M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in Systems Science and Mathematics, and Electrical Engineering, respectively, from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, in 1978 and 1981. He is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a joint appointment at the Institute for Systems Research. His research and teaching interests are in network information theory and coding, communication and signal processing. Narayan has served as Associate Editor for Shannon Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and on its Executive Editorial Board. He is currently Executive Editor of these Transactions and will serve as Editor-in-Chief beginning in 2017. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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Yuejie Chi

Yuejie Chi

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Informatics
The Ohio State University

November 4, 2016

 

Solving Corrupted Systems of Quadratic Equations, Provably

Biography

Yuejie Chi is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Informatics at The Ohio State University since 2012, after receiving her Ph.D. from Princeton University. She is the recipient of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award in 2013 and the Best Paper Award at ICASSP 2012. She received the Young Investigator Program Awards from AFOSR and ONR respectively in 2015, the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities in 2014, and Google Faculty Research Award in 2013. Her research interests include statistical signal processing, machine learning, information theory and their applications in high-dimensional data analysis, network inference, radar and bioinformatics.


Daniel Costello

Daniel Costello

Bettex Chair Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering
University of Notre Dame

November 17, 2016

Spatially Coupled LDPC Codes: Is This What Shannon Had In Mind?

Daniel Costello lecture

Biography

Daniel J. Costello, Jr. is the Bettex Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, where he has been since 1985, and where he was department chair from 1989 to 1998. His research interests are in digital communications, with special emphasis on error control coding and coded modulation. He has numerous publications, and in 1983 he co-authored the textbook "Error Control Coding: Fundamentals and Applications", the 2nd edition of which was published in 2004. Dr. Costello is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received many awards, including the IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award, the Joint IEEE Information Theory Society/Communications Society Prize Paper Award, the IEEE Information Theory Society Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award, and the IEEE Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award.


Elza Erkip

Elza Erkip

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Polytechnic Institute of New York University

November 21, 2016

From Shannon to 5G: Theory and Practice of Cooperative Wireless Networking

Elza Erkip lecture

Biography

Elza Erkip is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with New York University Tandon School of Engineering. She is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the Science Academy Society of Turkey and is among the 2014 and 2015 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers. She received the NSF CAREER award in 2001 and the IEEE Communications Society WICE Outstanding Achievement Award in 2016. Her paper awards include the 2004 IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Paper Prize and the 2013 IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication. She has been a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society since 2012 where she is currently the Second Vice President. She was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Information Theory Society from 2013 to 2014.


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U-M Shannon Centennial Symposium Celebrates the Father of Information Theory


October 4, 2016