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T-1: Information theoretic foundations of cooperative networks

Presenters: Elza Erkip and Aria Nosratinia

Sunday, June 13, 09:00 - 12:30

Elza Erkip received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She joined Polytechnic Institute of NYU in Spring 2000, where she is now an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She has held visiting positions at Rice University and Princeton University. She received the NSF CAREER award in 2001, the IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Paper Prize in 2004, and the ICC Communication Theory Symposium Best Paper Award in 2007. She co-authored a paper that won the ISIT Student Paper Award in 2007. She is currently an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. She served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications during 2006-2009, a Publications Editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory during 2006-2009, a Guest Editor of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine in 2007, a Technical Program Co-Chair of Globecom Communication Theory Symposium in 2009, the Publications Chair of Information Theory Workshop, Taormina in 2009, the Technical Area Chair of the MIMO Communications and Signal Processing track of Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers in 2007, and a Technical Program Co-Chair of IEEE Communication Theory Workshop in 2006.

Aria Nosratinia is professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he is also the director of the Multimedia Communications Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He held visiting appointments at Princeton University, Rice University, and UCLA. He is currently an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society. He has also been an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, IEEE Wireless Communications (Magazine), and Journal of Circuits, Systems, and Computers. He has served on a variety of conference organizational committees. He has been the recipient of the National Science Foundation career award. Dr. Nosratinia is a Fellow of IEEE.

T-2: Modeling of neural activity based on computational/biophysical and statistical approaches

Presenters: Todd P. Coleman and Sridevi V. Sarma

Sunday, June 13, 09:00 - 12:30

Todd P. Coleman received the B.S. degrees in electrical engineering (summa cum laude), as well as computer engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2000, along with the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, in 2002, and 2005. During the 2005-2006 academic year, he was a postdoctoral scholar at MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Massachusetts General Hospital's Neuroscience Statistics Research Laboratory in computational neuroscience. Since the fall of 2006, he has been on the faculty in the ECE Department and Neuroscience Program at the University of Illinois. His research interests include: information theory of timing channels in computer and neural systems; the intersection between statistics and information theory; and theoretical and practical advances in decentralized control and feedback information theory to design high-performance brain-machine interfaces.

Dr. Coleman, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipient, was awarded the University of Michigan College of Engineerings Hugh Rumler Senior Class Prize in 1999 and was awarded the MIT EECS Departments Morris J. Levin Award for Best Masterworks Oral Thesis Presentation in 2002. Beginning Fall 2009, Coleman has served as a co-Principle Investigator on an NSF IGERT interdisciplinary training grant for graduate students, titled "Neuro-engineering: A Unified Educational Program for Systems Engineering and Neuroscience". Coleman also has been selected to serve on the DARPA ISAT study group for a 3-year term, from 2009 to 2012.

Sridevi V. Sarma received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca NY, in 1994; and an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in, Cambridge MA, in 1997 and 2006, respectively. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, from 2006-2009. She is now an assistant professor in the Institute for Computational Medicine, Department of Biomedical Engineering, at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD. Her research interests include modeling, estimation and control of neural systems. She is a recipient of the GE faculty for the future scholarship, a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow, a L'Oreal For Women in Science fellow, and a recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Careers at the Scientific Interface Award.

T-3: Interference alignment

Presenter: Syed Jafar

Sunday, June 13, 14:00 - 17:30

Syed Ali Jafar received the B. Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India in 1997, the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) , Pasadena USA in 1999, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA USA in 2003. His industry experience includes positions at Lucent Bell Labs , Qualcomm Inc. and Hughes Software Systems. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA USA. His research interests include multiuser information theory and wireless communications.

Dr. Jafar received the NSF CAREER award in 2006 and the ONR Young Investigator Award in 2008. He received the UC Irvine Engineering Faculty of the Year award in 2006 and the UC Irvine EECS Professor of the Year Award in 2009, for excellence in teaching. Dr. Jafar received the 2009 IEEE Information Theory Society best paper award. He served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications 2004-2009, for IEEE Communications Letters 2008-2009 and is currently serving as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.

T-4: Physical Layer Security: An Information Theoretic Approach

Presenters: Yingbin Liang, H. Vincent Poor and Shlomo Shamai

Sunday, June 13, 14:00 - 17:30

Yingbin Liang received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005. In 2005-2007, she was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. In 2008-2009, she was an assistant professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Hawaii. Since December 2009, she has been an assistant professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Syracuse University Dr. Liang was a Vodafone Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during 2003-2005, and received the Vodafone-U.S. Foundation Fellows Initiative Research Merit Award in 2005. She also received the M. E. Van Valkenburg Graduate Research Award from the ECE department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 2005. In 2009, she received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the State of Hawaii Governor Innovation Award. Together with the two other presenters of this tutorial, she is a co-author of the recent monograph Information Theoretic Security (Now Publishers, 2009).

H. Vincent Poor received the Ph.D. degree in EECS from Princeton University in 1977. From 1977 until 1990, he was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 1990 he has been on the faculty at Princeton, where he is the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering. His research interests are the areas of stochastic analysis, statistical signal processing and information theory, and their applications in wireless networks and related fields.

Dr. Poor is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is also a Fellow of the IEEE, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and other scientific and technical organizations. In 1990, he served as President of the IEEE Information Theory Society, and in 2004-07 as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He is the recipient of the 2005 IEEE Education Medal, the 2007 Technical Achievement Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, the 2007 Aaron D. Wyner Award of the IEEE Information Theory Society, and the 2009 Edwin Howard Armstrong Award of the IEEE Communications Society.

Shlomo Shamai (Shitz) received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology, in 1975, 1981 and 1986 respectively.

During 1975-1985 he was with the Communications Research Labs in the capacity of a Senior Research Engineer. Since 1986 he is with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology, where he is now the William Fondiller Professor of Telecommunications. His research interests encompasses a wide spectrum of topics in information theory and statistical communications.

Dr. Shamai (Shitz) is an IEEE Fellow and a member of the Union Radio Scientifique Internationale (URSI). He is the recipient of the 1999 van der Pol Gold Medal of URSI, and a co-recipient of the 2000 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award, the 2003, and the 2004 joint IT/COM societies paper award, and the 2007 IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award. He is also the recipient of 1985 Alon Grant for distinguished young scientists and the 2000 Technion Henry Taub Prize for Excellence in Research. He has served as Associate Editor for Shannon Theory of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, and also has served on the Board of Governors of the Information Theory Society.

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