Online: 2020 European School of Information Theory

The European School of Information Theory (ESIT) is an annual educational event, organized by the IEEE Information Theory Society (ITSoc), for graduate students, postdocs and researchers from institutes throughout Europe and beyond. The objective of the school is to provide participants with the opportunity (i) to learn from distinguished lecturers by attending long-format tutorials, (ii) to present their own work to obtain feedback and to start up collaborations, (iii) to hear about applications of information theory in industry, and (iv) to participate in a stimulating and inviting forum of scientists.

In 2020, the school was held online as a virtual school based in Stuttgart, Germany, with the aim to preserve as much of the community experience as possible through moderated interactive Q&A sessions and virtual poster sessions.

Since ESIT2020 was the only ITSoc school in 2020 we were very happy to welcome many participants from all over the world!

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All-inclusive online participation:

  • IEEE ITSoc members: free
  • IEEE members: 30
  • Non-IEEE members: 100 €

Registration is now closed.


Virtual poster sessions

Participants were strongly encouraged to present some of their recent work in online poster sessions; 23 posters were presented in total. Junior participants that may have not yet obtained publishable results were invited to present their thesis topics (including state-of-the-art and preliminary results) or survey posters.

The poster sessions were held on, in a format that resembled a real-live poster session as good as possible. They were not be recorded.


Full tutorial lectures

There were six tutorial lectures on current topics in or closely related to Information Theory. We were especially happy to have the 2020 IEEE ITSoc Goldsmith Lecturer, Professor Ayfer Özgür from Stanford University, among our confirmed speakers.

Each tutorial lecture was made available for downloading before the first day of the school. Viewers had the opportunity to submit questions to the lecturers and these questions were discussed in interactive moderated Q&A sessions on Zoom. Registered participants were also be able to join the sessions and ask their questions personally. The Zoom sessions were also available as live streams on Vimeo.



Short lectures

Besides the six tutorial lectures, we had two short lectures that provided a different take on some of the topics covered by the tutorial lectures or gave introductions into additional topics.

Same as the tutorial lectures the short lectures were augmented by interactive moderated Q&A sessions.



Lectures (click on title for the video page)

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Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Communications Engineering Lab (CEL)
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University of Maryland
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Tutorial lecture, short lecture and "one minute madness" videos published and made accessible to registered participants

Live-Q&A-Session with David Sutter on his full lecture Quantum Information Theory. Session chair: Andreas Winter (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain).

Live-Q&A-Session with Sennur Ulukus on her full lecture Private Information Retrieval. Session chair: Rafael Schäfer (Technical University of Berlin, Germany).

Live-Q&A-Session with Jakob Hoydis et al. on their fulll lecture Deep Learning Applications in Comunications. Session chaired by the speakers of the tutorial.

Live-Q&A-Session with Alexios Balatsoukas-Stimming on his tutorial lecture Efficient Decoding of Polar Codes: Algorithms and Implementations. Session chair: Stephan ten Brink (University of Stuttgart, Germany).

Live-Q&A-Session with Reinhard Heckel on his short lecture Theory of Deep Learning for Inverse Problems. Session chair: Paul Hand (Northeastern University, USA).

Live-Q&A-Session with Swanand Kadhe on his tutorial lecture Making Blockchains Scalable and Efficient: The Power of Codes. Session chair: Christian Senger (University of Stuttgart, Germany).

Live-Q&A-Session with Laurent Schmalen on his short lecture Spatially Coupled LDPC Codes - Theory and Applications. Session chair: Gianluigi Liva (German Aerospace Center/DLR, Germany).

Live-Q&A-Session with Ayfer Özgür on her tutorial lecture Communication-Efficient and Privacy-Preserving Distributed Learning. Session chair: Stephan ten Brink (University of Stuttgart, Germany).

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