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Shannon Centenary

The Shannon Centenary

The Shannon Centenary, 2016, marks the life and influence of Claude Shannon on the hundredth anniversary of his birth on 30 April 1916.  Shannon is best known for developing the mathematical foundations of communication (establishing the field of information theory) [1], data compression [2], digital computers [3], cryptography [4], circuit complexity [5], flow networks [6], and juggling [7], as well as laying foundations of artificial intelligence [8, 9] and human–computer interaction [10].


Note that ITSoc has made funding available to support Shannon Centennial outreach events.  Deadlines to apply for funding are March 6th, April 1st, May 1st, June 1st, and July 1st.  Notification of whether the application is approved would be within a week after submission.  Guidelines for applying can be found on the web application site:


Bell Labs has created a web exhibit.  Some recent media coverage of the Shannon Centenary include:


Planned events in India are listed here, and around the world include the following:


In honor of the Shannon Centenary, there is a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological, and Multi-Scale Communications on Biological Applications of Information Theory, with the following call for papers.

There has also been a Shanniversary geocache placed.  

More information coming soon, but check out Wikipedia in the meantime!



[1] C. E. Shannon, "A Mathematical Theory of Communication," Bell System Technical Journal, vol. 27, pp. 379–423, 623–656, 1948.

[2] C. E. Shannon, "Coding Theorems for a Discrete Source With a Fidelity Criterion," in IRE National Convention Record, Part 4, pp. 142163, 1959.

[3] C. E. Shannon, "A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits," Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, vol. 57, pp. 713723, 1938.

[4] C. E. Shannon, "Communication Theory of Secrecy Systems," Bell System Technical Journal, vol. 28, pp. 656715, 1949.

[5] C. E. Shannon, "The Synthesis of Two-Terminal Switching Circuits," Bell System Technical Journal, vol. 28, pp. 5998, 1949.

[6] P. Elias, A. Feinstein, and C. E. Shannon, "A Note on the Maximum Flow Through a Network," IRE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 2, pp. 117119, 1956.

[7] C. E. Shannon, "Scientific Aspects of Juggling," in Claude E. Shannon: Collected Papers, N. J. A. Sloane and A. D. Wyner, eds., Wiley-IEEE Press, 1993: pp. 850864.

[8] C. E. Shannon, "Programming a Computer for Playing Chess," Philosophical Magazine Series 7, vol. 41, pp. 256-275, 1950.

[9] J. McCarthy, M. L. Minsky, N. Rochester, and C. E. Shannon, "A Proposal for the Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence, August 31, 1955," A. I. Magazine, vol. 27, pp. 12-14, 2006.

[10] E. O. Thorpe, "The Invention of the First Wearable Computer," in Second International Symposium on Wearable Computers, pp. 4-8, 1998.

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