Tom Cover Memorial Session at ISIT
A memorial session will be organized at the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kresge Auditorium on Monday, July 2, 2012 from 8pm to 9:30pm .
Professor Tom Cover, one of the greatest information theorists and a wonderfully inspiring teacher and mentor, passed away in Palo Alto, California, on March 26, 2012. During his 48-year career as a professor of Electrical Engineering and Statistics at Stanford University, he graduated 63 PhD students, published over 120 journal papers in statistical learning, information theory, algorithmic complexity, and portfolio theory, and coauthored Elements of Information Theory, the most widely-cited textbook in the field since its first publication in 1991. In recognition of his seminal contributions, Tom received many awards and honors, including the 1997 IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal, the 1990 Claude E. Shannon Award, and the 1972 IEEE Information Theory Paper Award. He was a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Thomas M. Cover was born in August 7, 1938 in San Bernardino, California. He received his B.S. degree in Physics from MIT in 1960, and his M.S. and PhD degrees from Stanford University in 1961 and 1963, respectively. He joined the faculty of Stanford University in 1964, where he was named the Kwoh-Ting Li Professor of Engineering in 1994.
Tom is survived by his wife, Karen, a son, Bill, a daughter, Cindy Black, and a stepson, Gordon Fields; brothers, Bill, Chuck, and John; and grandchildren, Carolina, Jon, Brian, and Laura.
- Abbas El Gamal, Stanford University
- Anthony Ephremides, University of Maryland
- Toby Berger, University of Virginia
- Robert Gray, Stanford University
- Robert Gallager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Paul Cuff, Princeton University
- Thomas Kailath, Stanford University
- Ioannis Kontoyiannis, Athens University of Economics and Business
- Dan Costello, University of Notre Dame
- Andrea Goldsmith, Stanford University
- Elza Erkip, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
- Max Costa, University of Campinas
- Imre Csiszár, Hungarian Institute of Sciences
- Young-Han Kim, University of California, San Diego
- Sergio Verdú, Princeton University