SYSU International Workshop on Mathematics and Coding

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The IEEE Information Theory Society Guangzhou Chapter is organizing the Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) International Workshop on Mathematics and Coding on Dec. 2-3, 2020, which will be free for registration.
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When Dec 02, 2020 08:30 AM to
Dec 03, 2020 05:30 PM
Where Sun Yat-sen University Kaifeng Hotel, Guangzhou, China. Access link will be provided for oversea registrants.
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Information coding is the key for modern communications, and coding is founded on mathematics. For example, classic channel codes are founded on linear algebra, while modern channel codes have been facilitated by probability theory and graph theory. The understanding of network coding requires both linear algebra and graph theory. This workshop aims to look back at the mathematics that we have used for designing and practicing codes, so that we can better look forward. This will be a hybrid conference where overseas scholars will participate online, and domestic ones will be onsite. All are welcome!

Organizers: IEEE Information Theory Society Guangzhou Chapter, School of Electronics and Information Technology of Sun Yat-sen University

Chairs: Pingzhi Fan, Li Chen

Venue: Sun Yat-sen University Kaifeng Hotel, Guangzhou, China. Access link will be provided for oversea registrants.

Dates: Dec 2-3, 2020, Beijing Time

Local Arrangements: Xijun Wang, Congduan Li, Shiqiu Liu, Yunqi Wan

Registration: Please send email to by Nov. 17, 2020, with “SYSU International Workshop on Mathematics and Coding Registration” as the email subject. Your content should include name, titles and affiliations. Access link will be sent to the registrants via email.


Beijing Time


Dec. 2

Morning, Moderator: Li Chen




Alexander Barg, University of Maryland (Dec. 1, 19:35-20:20)

Stolarsky's invariance principle for the Hamming space and energy maximization


Jun Chen, McMaster University (Dec. 1, 20:20-21:05)

On the Duality Between Slepian-Wolf Coding and Channel Coding


Coffee break


Krishna Narayanan, Texas A&M University (Dec. 1, 20:30-21:05)

Sub-string matching in sub-linear time using sparse graph codes and sparse Fourier transforms


Paul Siegel, University of California, San Diego (Dec. 1, 19:15-20:00)

Coding for Efficient DNA Synthesis


Photo & Lunch

Afternoon, Moderator: Pingzhi Fan


Erdal Arıkan, Bilkent University (Dec. 2, 9:00-9:45)

Polarization Adjusted Convolutional (PAC) Codes


 Martin Bossert, Ulm University (Dec. 2, 7:45-8:30)

On Information Set Decoding of BCH Codes over Binary Symmetric Channel


Coffee break


Bob Li, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

Commutative Algebra in Network Coding


Li Chen, Sun Yat-sen University

The Gröbner Bases in Decoding of Reed-Solomon Codes

Dec. 3

Morning, Moderator: Li Chen


Frank Kschischang, University of Toronto (Dec. 2, 19:30-20:15)

Zipper Codes


Dmitry Trukhachev, Dalhousie University (Dec. 2, 21:15-22:00)

Braided Block Codes, Structural Relation to Zipper Codes and Fiber-Optical Communications Aspects


Coffee break


Hamid Ebrahimzad, Huawei, Canada (Dec. 2, 21:30-22:15)

Concatenated polar-zipper code in optical communication


Kai Niu, Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications

Polar Spectrum: A Bridge between Polar Codes and Algebraic Codes



Afternoon, Moderator: Pingzhi Fan


Peter Trifonov, Saint Petersburg Polytech. University (Dec. 3, 9:00-9:45)

Trellises, BCH codes, Finite Fields and Successive Cancellation Decoding


Pingyi Fan, Tsinghua University

MIM-GAN: Interpretable Generative Adversarial Networks with Exponential Function


Coffee break


Fangwei Fu, Nankai University

Optimal Cyclic (r, δ) Locally Repairable Codes with Unbounded Length


Raymond Leung, Huawei

Coding: Not only Mathematics

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