Tutorial Lecturers

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan ten Brink
Institute of Telecommunications, University of Stuttgart
Stephan ten Brink joined the Institute of Telecommunications in July 2013. Prior to his assignment at the University of Stuttgart, he worked in various positions in industry, research and development.
Prior assignments include
  • one year researcher at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies in Swindon, U.K. (mobile wireless communications, GSM, UMTS)
  • 5 years as researcher at Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey, U.S.A. (channel coding and signal detection for multiple antenna communications)
  • 7 years at Realtek Semiconductor Corp. in Irvine, California, U.S.A., as director of wireless ASIC development (WLAN, UWB baseband)
  • 3 years at Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent in Stuttgart, Germany, as department head in wireless physical layer research (signal processing and channel coding for wireless and optical communication systems; LTE, long-haul)
The common theme across his appointments is in digital modem design, particularly signal processing and channel coding for communications, for improving data rate, receiver sensitivity, and power efficiency.
He is member of the VDE/ITG, and Senior Member of the IEEE Communications and Information Theory Society.
In October 2013, he was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society.

Prof. Imre Csiszár
Alfréd Rényi Mathematical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Imre Csiszár was born in Miskolc, Hungary, on February 7, 1938. He received diploma in mathematics from the L. Eötvös University, Budapest, in 1961, and the Doctor of Mathematical Science degree from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1977.
Dr. Csiszár has been with the Mathematical Institute, now called Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 1961, and Head of the Information Theory Group there from 1968 until retirement in 2008. Also, he had been Professor of Mathematics at the L. Eötvös University, Budapest, the University of Technology and Economics, Budapest (he is now Professor Emeritus of the latter), and has held Visiting Professorships at several Universities in Europe and the US. His research interests are centered on information theory and its applications in mathematics, primarily in probability and statistics. He is coauthor of the books Information Theory: Coding Theorems for Discrete Memoryless Systems (New York: Academic Press, 1981; second edition Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Information Theory and Statistics: A Tutorial (Hanover: now Publishers, 2004).
Dr. Csiszár is Regular Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Honorary President of the J.Bolyai Mathematical Society (Hungarian Mathematical Society), and Life Fellow of the IEEE. He has been recepient of several academic awards, including the 1988 Prize Paper Award of the IEEE Information Theory Society, the Award for Interdisciplinary Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1989, the Shannon Award of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 1996, the Bolzano Medal of the Czech Academy of Sciences in 2006, the Széchenyi Prize of the Hungarian Republic in 2007, and the Dobrushin Prize of the International Dobrushin Foundation in 2013.

Dr. Richard Durbin
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Richard Durbin is a Senior Group Leader and Acting Head of Computational Genomics at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in Cambridge, England. Following a first degree in mathematics he received his PhD at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, and then following postdocs at Cambridge and Stanford joined the Sanger Institute when it was founded in 1992.
Dr. Durbin’s primary research interests are in human genetic variation and computational genomics. He is the leader or co-leader of the 1000 Genomes Project to characterize global genetic variation, the UK10K consortium to extend sequence based genetics to samples with clinically relevant phenotypes, and with Fiona Watt the HipSci consortium to make a panel of human IPS cell lines and carry out cellular genetics studies on them. His group has also made theoretical and algorithmic contributions to biological sequence and evolutionary analysis, and developed important computational methodology and software for genomic data processing analysis, leading to him being senior author on the initial bwa software, and on BAM and VCF file formats and associated toolkits. He also led the gorilla genome sequencing project, and led or helped lead the development of a number of bioinformatics database resources including the Pfam database of protein families, WormBase (the model organism database for C. elegans), the TreeFam database of gene trees, and the Ensembl genome data resource. Dr Durbin is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Member of EMBO, and Honorary Professor of Computational Genomics at the University of Cambridge.

Associate Prof. Young-Han Kim
University of California, San Diego
Young-Han Kim is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Professor Kim's research primarily focuses on network information theory and the role of feedback in communication networks. More broadly, he is interested in statistical signal processing and information theory, with applications in communication, control, computation, networking, data compression, and learning.
Professor Kim received his B.S. degree with honors in Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University, in 1996, where he was a recipient of the General Electric Foundation Scholarship. After a three-and-half-year stint as a software architect at Tong Yang Systems, Seoul, Korea, working on several industry projects such as developing the communication infrastructure for then newly opening Incheon International Airport, he resumed his graduate studies at Stanford University, and received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (M.S. degrees in Statistics and in Electrical Engineering) in 2006. Professor Kim is a recipient of the 2008 NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award the 2009 US-Israel Binational Science Foundation Bergmann Memorial Award, and the 2012 IEEE Information Theory Paper Award. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, serving as an Associate Editor for Shannon theory. He is also serving as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Information Theory Society.

Associate Prof. Michael Langberg

State University of New York at Buffalo

Prof. Langberg received his B.Sc. in mathematics and computer science from Tel-Aviv University in 1996, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in computer science from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1998 and 2003 respectively. Between 2003 and 2006, he was a postdoctoral scholar in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science departments at the California Institute of Technology. Prof. Langberg is currently an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Prof. Langberg's research addresses the algorithmic and combinatorial aspects of information in communication, management, and storage; focusing on the study of information theory, coding theory, network communication and network coding, big data in the form of succinct data representation, and probabilistic methods in combinatorics. Prof. Langberg is an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and is the editor of the IEEE Information Theory Society Newsletter.

Associate Prof. Stephanie Wehner

Delft University of Technology

Stephanie Wehner is an Associate Professor at QuTech, Delft University of Technology. From 2010 to 2014 she was an Assistant and later Dean's Chair Associate Professor at the School of Computing at the National University of Singapore and the Centre for Quantum Technologies. Prior to coming to Singapore, she spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology. Stephanie is one of the founders of QCRYPT, presently the largest conference in quantum cryptography. Before entering academia, she worked in industry as a professional hacker. Her research interests include quantum cryptography, quantum information theory, and the application of information-theoretic techniques to physics.