Calit2/ITA Course on Modern Coding Theory Now Available in Streaming Video

By Doug Ramsey, 858-822-5825,

San Diego, CA, October 2, 2006 -- What makes iterative codes work? And how can they be improved? Those are two of the fundamental questions raised by Swiss-based information theorist Rüdiger Urbanke during a nine-hour short course organized by Calit2's Information Theory and Applications (ITA) Center.

Urbanke was at Calit2 Sept. 25-26 for a course on "modern coding theory." According to the professor in the School of Computer & Communication Sciences of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, "the advent of iterative coding schemes has had a large impact on the theory as well as the practice of coding. Most of the current standards include iterative coding schemes to either replace or enhance traditional coding solutions." The goal of the course, he said, was "to study the fundamental concepts that underlie the idea of iterative coding."

The course's six sessions are now archived and available for on-demand viewing. To view the streaming videos, click on the image or video link below [Real player and broadband connection required].

Urbanke 1
Modern Coding Theory - Part One
September 25, 2006
Rüdiger L. Urbanke, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Length: 1:04:40 [video]
Urbanke 2
Modern Coding Theory - Part Two
September 25, 2006
Rüdiger L. Urbanke, EPFL 
Length: 1:23:32 [video]
Urbanke 3
Modern Coding Theory - Part Three
September 25, 2006
Rüdiger L. Urbanke, EPFL 
Length: 1:02:32 [video]
Urbanke 4
Modern Coding Theory - Part Four
September 25, 2006
Rüdiger L. Urbanke, EPFL
Length: 55:18 [video]
Urbanke 5
Modern Coding Theory - Part Five
September 26, 2006
Rüdiger L. Urbanke, EPFL
Length: 1:14:54 [video]
Urbanke 6
Modern Coding Theory - Part Six
September 26, 2006
Rüdiger L. Urbanke, EPFL
Length: 45:30 [video]

Professor Urbanke received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 1995, then worked in the Mathematics of Communications Department at Bell Labs. Since 1999, he has been at EPFL. Urbanke is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and co-recipient of the IEEE Information Theory Society 2002 Best Paper Award.

Related Links
Information Theory and Applications Center
Rüdiger Urbanke Website