Lectures at Shannon Memorial Symposium Available for On-Demand Viewing

By Doug Ramsey, 858-822-5825, dramsey@ucsd.edu

San Diego, CA, May 3, 2007 -- The Shannon Memorial Symposium took place April 30 to commemorate five years since the lecture series was created at UC San Diego in honor of Claude Shannon, the Bell Labs mathematician widely considered the father of information theory -- the theory that underpins many of fundamental advances of the digital revolution. April 30 was also the late Shannon's birthday.

Organized by professor Jack Wolf of the Jacobs School of Engineering and Paul Siegel, director of the Center for Magnetic Recording Research (CMRR), the day-long event featured four distinguished members of the younger generation of information theorists, all of whom have recently received a major paper award from the IEEE Information Society: USC's Giuseppe Caire; HP Labs' Erik Ordentlich; and two UC San Diego faculty members, Alexander Vardy and Alon Orlitsky, both of whom have dual appointments in the Jacobs School's Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as Computer Science and Engineering departments. 

The talks were webcast by Calit2 and are now available for on-demand viewing. To watch, click on the image or video link below [Real player and broadband connection required].

Giuseppe Caire
MIMO Downlink: Theory, Practice and Some Results
Giuseppe Caire
University of Southern California
Length: 1:06:02   [video]
Alex Vardy
Multivariate Interpolation Decoding: Closing the Gap Between Shannon and Hamming
Alexander Vardy
University of California, San Diego
Length: 1:01:00  [video]
Alon Orlitsky Information Theory and Probability Estimation
Alon Orlitsky
University of California, San Diego
Director, Information Theory and Applications Center
Length: 1:15:33  [video]
Erik Ordentlich Coding for 2D Constraints  
Erik Ordentlich
Hewlett-Packard Labs
Length: 55:09  [video]

The Shannon Memorial Symposium was co-sponsored by the UCSD division of Calit2 and its Information Theory and Applications Center (ITA). The event took place in the CMRR auditorium on the La Jolla campus. 

Related Links
Center for Magnetic Recording Research
Information Theory and Applications Center