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The IT Society Newsletter is published four times a year in Adobe PDF format. Articles specific to each issue are listed below. To contribute articles or offer suggestions, please contact the Newsletter Editor.
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File June 2016 issue
President's column. Past and future events for Claude Elwood Shannon's 100th birthday. Drawing of Shannon made by Jan Hein van Dierendonck. Report on the 2016 Australian School of Information Theory. Report on the DIMCS workshop "Network Coding: the Next 15 Years". Tony Ephremides's Historian's column. ``Students' Corner'' column presenting "The “I” in IT" by Bernhard Geiger. ``From the field'' highlighting the IEEE Information Theory Society Seoul Chapter. IEEE Information Theory Society Board of Governors meeting minutes from their meeting after Allerton 2015 (Chicago). Sol Golomb's Puzzle column. In Memoriam: Arthur W. Astrin, (Artur Ichnowski), 1945–2016. In Memoriam: David MacKay (1967–2016).
File March 2016 Issue
President’s Column, Editor Column, "Community Detection and the Stochastic Block Model" (Emmanuel Abbe), "Teaching Source Coding and Teaching Channel Coding" (Aaron B. Wagner), Awards, Coding Team Wins a Bell Labs Prize, 2016 Newly Elevated Fellows, Moments, The Historian’s Column, Golomb’s Puzzle Column: Simple Counting Problems, Golomb’s Puzzle Column: Numerical Oddities Solutions, Students’ Corner: "From Idea to Proof: A Challenge for Beginning Researchers" (Parham Noorzad), From the Field: The New Madras Chapter, Report on the Munich Workshop on Information Theory of Optical Fiber (MIO 2015), Report on the 2015 JTG/IEEE IT Society Summer School, IEEE Information Theory Society Board of Governors Meeting Minutes, Shannon Centenary, Claude Elwood Shannon 100th Birthday Celebration, In Memoriam: Moshe Zakai (1926–2015), Call for Papers, Post-Doctoral Positions (Center For Science of Information), Call for Nominations, Conference Calendar.
File December 2015 Issue
President column; Robert Calderbank "The Art of Signaling''; Alexander Barg and Itzhak Tamo "On Codes with the Locality Property"; Mohammad Ali Maddah-Ali and Urs Niesen "Cache Networks: An Information-Theoretic View''; Maxim Raginsky and Igal Sason "Concentration of Measure Inequalities and Their Communication and Information-Theoretic Applications''; Historian's Column; Golomb’s Puzzle Column: Numerical Oddities; Golomb’s Puzzle Column: Simple Theorems About Prime Numbers Solutions; Students' Corner; From the field: IEEE Israel Section Information Theory Chapter; ISIT report "Experiments in a Time of Change"; report on the Munich Workshop on Coding and Modulation (MCM 2015), report on the Munich Workshop on Massive MIMO (MMM 2015); report on the Mathematical Tools of Information-Theoretic Security Workshop; In Memoriam: Oscar Moreno de Ayala; In Memoriam: Victor Wei.
File September 2015 Issue
President’s Column; From the Editor; Awards; Information and Communication Complexity; Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Proved; Fourier-Motzkin Elimination Software for Information Theoretic Inequalities; The Historian’s Column; Golomb’s Puzzle Column: Simple Theorems About Prime Numbers; Golomb’s Puzzle Column: Pentominoes Challenges Solutions; The Students’ Corner; From the field; Shannon Centenary: We Need You!; Report on the 2015 European School of Information Theory (ESIT); DIMACS Workshop on Coding-Theoretic Methods for Network Security; The Croucher Summer Course in Information Theory 2015; IEEE Information Theory Society Board of Governors meeting minutes; In Memoriam, Robert B. Ash (1935–2015); In Memoriam, Carlos R.P. Hartmann (1940–2015); Call for Papers; Conference Calendar.
File June 2015 Issue
President’s Column; From the Editor; SPCodingSchool: An International School of Information and Coding Theory; BIRS Workshop: Between Shannon and Hamming: Network Information Theory and Combinatorics; The new IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological and Multiscale Communications (TMBMC); The Historian’s Column; Golomb’s Puzzle Column: Pentominoes Challenges; Golomb’s Puzzle Column: Fallacious Proofs Solutions; Call for Papers; Call for Workshops
File March 2015 Issue
President’s Column; Professor Thomas Kailath' National Medals of Science; Professor Norm Beaulieu receives Communication Society Communication Theory Technical Committee Technical (CTTC) Achievement Award; IT Society Welcomes New Transactions Editor-in-chief; The Historian’s Column; 2015 Elevated Fellows; IEEE Information Theory Society Board of Governors Meeting Minutes; Workshop Reports
File December 2014
President’s Column; From the Editor; The Historian’s Column; IT Society Member Receives 2014 IEEE Award; IEEE Information Theory Society Board of Governors Meeting Minutes; Big Ideas from NASIT’14 ; IEEE Information Theory Society Committee on New Directions; Workshop Report; Golomb’s Puzzle Column; Call for Nominations; Call for Workshops; Call for Papers; Conference Calendar
File September 2014
President’s Column; From the Editor; The Historian’s Column; Teaching IT Power Spectral Density of Communication Signals; Treasurer’s Corner; Report on the 2014 European School of Information Theory (ESIT); Workshop Report; IT Society Member Honored; Golomb’s Puzzle Columntm: Words With Repeated Letters; Golomb’s Puzzle Columntm: Counting Necklaces Solutions; IT Society Mentoring Network: Call For Participation; Call for Papers; Conference Calendar
File June 2014
President’s Column; From the Editor; Professors Elected to the US National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society; The Historian’s Column; NSF Center for Science of Information; In Memoriam: Thomas J. Goblick, Jr.; Golomb’s Puzzle Column: Counting Necklaces; Golomb’s Puzzle Column: Elementary Arithmetic Solutions; Calls for Nominations/Papers; Calendar
File PDF document March 2014
President’s Column; From the Editor; 2014 IEEE Medals and Recognitions Recipients and Citations; Professor A.J. Paulraj Wins the 2014 Marconi Prize; The Historian’s Column; Distance-Divergence Inequalities; 2014 Elevated Fellows; 2014 IT Society’s Newly Elected IEEE Fellows; Two Meetings on Green Data Storage at DIMACS; Golomb’s Puzzle Column: Elementary Arithmetic; Golomb’s Puzzle Column: Rep-Tile Sets Solutions; Call for Nominations; Call for Papers; Call for Workshops; Call for Participation; Conference Calendar
File PDF document December 2013
President’s Column; From the Editor; In Memorium: Rene Cruz; The Historian’s Column; David Donoho Receives 2013 Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences;Report on the First Workshop on Entropy and Information Inequalities; Report on the First Iran Workshop on Communication and Information Theory (IWCIT 2013); Workshop Report: Dagstuhl Seminar on Coding Theory, August 25–30, Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany; Golomb’s Puzzle Column; Thomas M. Cover Dissertation Award; Call for Nominations; Call for Papers; Call for Workshops; Conference Calendar
File PDF document September 2013
Annual Awards Announced, President's Column, The Historian’s Column, IT Society Members Honored, A conversation with Robert Fano, IEEE Information Theory Society Board of GovernorsMeeting Minutes, Golomb’s Puzzle Column, Golomb’s Puzzle Solution, Report on the 2013 European School of Information Theory (ESIT), Report on the Sixth Annual North American School of Information Theory
File PDF document June 2013
President Column. Historian Column. 2012 Shannon Lecture. Workshop and Coding and Crypto. Afternoon in Istanbul. Puzzle column.
File PDF document March 2013
President’s Column. IT Society Members Win Prestigious Awards. The Historian’s Column. 2013 Newly Elevated Fellows. IEEE Information Theory Society Board of Governors Meeting Minutes. Golomb’s Puzzle Column and Solutions. In the Blogosphere.
File PDF document December 2012
President’s Column; Memorial Tribute for Irving Stoy Reed and Donald W. Tufts; Facets of Entropy; Reports on Recent Activities of the IEEE IT Student Committee and the 12th IEEE European School of Information Theory; The Historian’s Column; Golomb’s Puzzle Column; In the Blogosphere. Call for Nominations/Papers/Conference Calendar
File PDF document September 2012
Annual IT Awards Announced. Summary of 2011 Shannon Lecture. President's Column. IT BOG Minutes.
File PDF document June 2012
President’s Column, Thomas M. Cover in Memoriam, The Historian’s Column, Algorithms, Combinatorics, Information, and Beyond (ISIT Plenary), A Report on the State of the Transactions, SRIF 2012 Report, Recent Activities of the IEEE IT Student Committee, Golomb’s Puzzle Column, Society Mentoring Network: Call for Participation, Conference Calendar
File PDF document March 2012
IT Society Newsletter
File PDF document December 2011
President’s and Historian’s Columns; Teaching IT: An Identity for the Gelfand-Pinsker Converse; ISIT 2011 Student Paper Award; Golomb’s Puzzle Column; Symposium in Remembrance of Rudolf Ahlswede; Report on the First Workshop on Network Coding and Data Storage; Workshop Report: Algebraic Structure in Network Information Theory; Board of Governors Meeting Minutes; Conference Calendar
File PDF document September 2011
Annual IT Awards Announced; President’s and Historian’s Columns; IT Society Members Honored; Golomb’s Puzzle Column; Board of Governors Meeting Minutes; Report on the 7th Asia-Europe Workshop on “Concepts in Information Theory”; Report on the Fourth Annual School of Information Theory; Conference Calendar
File PDF document June 2011
Musing upon Information Theory (2010 Shannon lecture); President’s and Historian’s Columns; IT Society Member Honored; Report on 11th IEEE Winter School of Information Theory; In Memoriam: Igor Vajda; Golomb’s Puzzle Column; Best Editorial Practices; Call for Papers; Conference Calendar
File PDF document March 2011
President’s and Historian’s Columns; IT Society Members Win IEEE Medals and Awards; 2010 Newly Elevated IEEE Fellows; In Memoriam: Tribute to Rudolf Ahlswede, Frederick Jelinek, Joseph Ovseyevich, Raymond J. Solomonoff; Teaching Lossless Data Compression; Can Structure Beat Random? – The Story of Lattice Codes; Abelian Varieties in Coding and Cryptography; Golomb’s Puzzle Column; ArXiv Postings Exceed 100/Month; Call for Nominations and Papers; Conference Calendar
File PDF document December 2010
President's and Historian's Columns; IT Society Scholar One Website; IT Society Member Honored; Throughput and Capacity Regions; Coding for Noisy Networks; Golomb’s Puzzle Column; Third WITHITS Annual Event; Recent Activities of the IT Student Committee; Report on the Third Annual School of Information Theory; Board of Governors Meeting; Workshop Report: Information Theory & Coding Workshop at Sharif University of Technology; Updates from the Online Committee
File PDF document September 2010
Annual IT Awards Announced; President’s and Historian’s Columns; Golomb’s Puzzle Column; Information Theory Society Board Governors Meeting; Event Report: Broadcast Channel Summit; First IEEE African Winter School on Information Theory and Communications; 2010 International Symposium on Network Coding; Call for Papers; Conference Calendar
File PDF document June 2010
President’s and Historian’s Columns; IT Society Members Honored; Recent Activities of the IT Student Committee; Can Workshops Serve Us Better?; Golomb’s Puzzle Column; Tribute to L. M. Fink; Workshop Report: Linear Programming and Message-Passing Approaches to High Density Parity-Check Codes and High-Density Graphical Models; 2010 North American School of Information Theory; Call for Papers; Conference Calendar
File PDF document March 2010
President’s and Historian’s Columns; 2010 new IEEE fellows and IEEE medal recipients; It’s Easier to Approximate (ISIT 09 plenary); Golomb’s Puzzle Column; Best Editorial Practices; workshop and meeting reports; Board of Governors meeting minutes; Call for Nominations; Call for Papers; Conference Calendar
File PDF document December 2009
President’s and Historian’s Columns; Call for nominations; Reflections on Interference Alignment and the Degrees of Freedom of the K User Interference Channel (IT Society award paper); Combinatorial Reasoning in Information Theory (ISIT plenary lecture);IT Society Members Honored; In Memoriam: Gerry Seguin; Golomb’s Puzzle Column; Symposium and workshop reports; Call for Papers; Conference Calendar
File PDF document September 2009
Optimal Estimation (2009 Shannon lecture); President’s and Historian’s Columns; In Memoriam: Wes Peterson; Award announcements; Golomb’s Puzzle Column; Symposium and workshop reports; Tribute to Kotelnikov; Call for Papers; Conference Calendar
File PDF document June 2009
President’s and Historian’s Columns; In Memoriam: Ralf Kötter; Awards; Golomb’s Puzzle Column; Updates from the Outreach Committee and Student Committee; Updates on the Society's website project; Board of Governors meeting minutes; Winterschool Report; IT and wine; Letters; Call for Nominations; Call for Papers; Conference Calendar
File PDF document March 2009
President’s and Historian’s Columns; Tributes to David Middleton and Robert Price; Awards and New IEEE Fellows; Some Reflections on Scholarly Reviewing; Symposium and Workshop Reports; Golomb’s Puzzle Column; Call for Nominations; Call for Papers; Conference Calendar
File PDF document December 2008
December 2008 newsletter
File PDF document September 2008
Annual Awards; Historian's Column; Workshop and School Reports; Board of Governors' Meeting Minutes; NSF Report; Calls for Nominations
File PDF document June 2008
President's and Historian's Columns; Golomb's Puzzle Column; Counting Primes Using Entropy; Students' Committee Report; Workshop Reports; NSF Report
File PDF document March 2008
March 2008 newsletter
File PDF document December 2007
President's and Historian's Columns; 28th Shannon Lecture; Obituary for Sergio Servetto; Students' Committee Report; ISIT 2007 Report; ISIT 2007 Tutorial and Plenary Summaries; Reflections from Award Winners; Shannon, Beethoven, and the Compact Disc; Student Committee Report; Web Committee Report; Workshop Reports; ISIT BoG Meeting Notes; NSF Report
File PDF document September 2007
Obituary for William L. Root; President and Historian's Columns; 2006 Shannon Lecture; Award Announcements; Golomb's Puzzle Column; Call for Nominations (Dobrushin Prize); Call for IEEE New Initiatives; BoG Meeting Minutes; NSF Report
File PDF document June 2007
Obituary for Tadao Kasami; President's and Historian's Columns; Reflections on the joint IT/ComSoc Paper Award Students' Committee Report; Winter School on Information Theory Report; Essay on David Middleton; ISIT BoG Meeting Notes; NSF Report
File PDF document March 2007
President and Historian's Columns; Awards Report; New Fellows; Golomb's Puzzle Column; Workshop Reports; NSF Report
File PDF document December 2006
President and Historian's Columns; Reflections on Paper Awards; Workshop Reports; Student Committee Report; Golomb's Puzzle Column; New Books; Workshop Reports; NSF Report
File PDF document September 2006
President and Historian's Columns; Paper Award Reflection; Award Reports; Golomb's Puzzle Column; Workshop Reports; NSF Report
File PDF document June 2006
President and Historian's Columns; Paper Award Reflections; Student Committee Report; Kailath Colloquium Report; Golomb's Puzzle Column; Workshop Reports; Treasurer's Report; NSF Report
File PDF document March 2006
President and Historian's Columns; Awards Reports; Student Committee Report; Golomb's Puzzle Column; Workshop Reports; NSF Report
File PDF document December 2005
President and Historian's Columns; Chapter of the Year announcement; Student Committee announcement; Golomb's Puzzle Column; Treasurer's Report
File PDF document September 2005
President and Historian's Columns; Thomas W. Eadie Award; Student Committee announcement; Information Theory Helps Historians; Golomb's Puzzle Column; New Books
File PDF document June 2005
President and Historian's Columns; Bernhard Dorsch obituary; Treasurer's Report; Golomb's Puzzle Column; Workshop Reports; New books; ArXiV report;
File PDF document March 2005
President and Historian's Columns; ArXiV committee report; Golomb's Puzzle Column; Award announcements; 2004 IT Workshop report
File PDF document December 2004
President’s Column; In Memoriam of Alain Glavieux; Shannon Lecture; Kees ImminkWins SMPTE Progress Medal; The Historian’s Column; Golomb’s Puzzle Column.
File PDF document September 2004
In Memoriam Mark Semënovich Pinsker; President’s Column; The Historian’s Column; Golomb’s Puzzle Column; Yaacov Ziv Elected to National Academy of Sciences; Jack K. Wolf Awarded IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal; IEEE Information Theory Society Board of Governors Meetin.
File PDF document June 2004
President’s Column; Historian’s Column; Golomb’s Puzzle.
File PDF document March 2004
President’s Column; Historian’s Column; Golomb’s Puzzle; NSF Program Director.
File PDF document December 2003
Hidden Markov Models and the Baum-Welch Algorithm; President’s Column; Historians Column; Golumb’s Puzzle.
File PDF document September 2003
President’s Column; Historian’s Column; Biography: Nelson Blachman; Golumb’s Puzzle Column.
File PDF document June 2003
Channel Uncertainty in Communications; President’s Column; Historian’s Column; Orbituary Sándor Csibi; Performance of Reduced-Rank Interference Suppression; Golomb’s Puzzle Column.
File PDF document March 2003
Living Information Theory; Prague Floods and Information Theory; Valery N. Koshelev; Historian’s Column; Golomb’s Puzzle Column.
File PDF document December 2002
Historian’s Column; 60th Birthday Celebration for Daniel J. Costello; Golomb’s Puzzle Column.
File PDF document September 2002
Muriel Médard Wins Kirchmayer Award; New ComSoc/ITSoc Joint Paper Award Established; Norman C. Beaulieu Elected to The Royal Society of Canada; Historian’s Column; Golomb’s Puzzle Column.
File PDF document June 2002
Vijay K. Bhargava Elected to the Canadian Academy of Engineering; IEEE Review of the Information Theory Society; Historian’s Column; Golomb’s Puzzle Column.
File PDF document March 2002
Obituary Peter Elias; Reflections on Improved Decoding of Reed-Solomon and Algebraic-Geometric Codes; Golomb’s Puzzle Column; Historian’s Column; From Marconi to Wireless Internet: An Information Theoretic Perspective.
File PDF document December 2001
A Juggler’s Tribute to Claude Shannon; Historian’s Column; Golomb’s Puzzle Column.
File PDF document September 2001
Constrained Sequences, Crossword Puzzles and Shannon; Historian’s Column; Golomb’s Puzzle Column.
File PDF document June 2001
Memorial Tribute to Dr. Claude Shannon; Historian’s Column; H. Vincent Poor Elected to the National Academy of Engineering; ArXiv Preprint Server Available; Golomb’s Puzzle Column; NSF Award Recognizes Wireless Pioneer.