2013 North American School of Information Theory, June 4-7


The 2013 School of Information Theory is organized by Center for Science of Information (http://www.soihub.org), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center, and is sponsored by the IEEE Information Theory Society. Hosted at Purdue University from Tuesday, June 4 to Friday, June 7, 2013, the school provides a venue where doctoral and postdoctoral students can meet to learn from distinguished professors in information theory, and form friendships and collaborations. This year the school will introduce several interdisciplinary topics in the emerging field of science of information. Students will present their own research via a poster during the school. Although the focus is on information theory, interdisciplinary topics are welcome, e.g., topics related to mathematics, physics, biology, control, networking, etc.

Program Overview:

Schedule [pdf]

Mornings: Tutorials by invited speakers:

  • Scott Aaronson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - 'Quantum Computing and Information'
  • Michelle Effros, California Institute of Technology - 'Information Theory for Large Networks'
  • Mehmet Koyuturk, Case Western Reserve University - 'Complex Diseases and Information Theory'
  • P.R. Kumar, Texas A&M University - 'A Clean Slate Approach to Security of Wireless Networks'
  • Padovani Lecturer: Emina Soljanin, Bell Labs

Afternoons: Presentations and posters by students

  • Each student is asked to give a research poster during the school if possible. Research poster sessions will take place the afternoons of June 4, 5, and 6. Each student will be assigned one of those sessions. Prior to the poster sessions, each student should be prepared to give a 30 seconds to one minute overview of their poster using one overhead slide. The school organizers will contact you for submitting both your overhead slide and the pdf of your poster. We are unable to print posters for students due to the large number of students coming to the school.


  • Tuesday Evening, June 4, Poster session, dinner, and networking.
  • Wednesday Evening, June 5, Professional Development Workshop: "Biases in Hiring - How It Affects Everyone". Description: There have been several studies related to the impacts of bias towards gender and race on hiring decisions, including decisions made by hiring committees or professors writing letters of recommendation. Many of these biases are not even conscious to the reviewer. This workshop discusses the results as described in peer-reviewed publications of these studies, how you can be more aware of your own biases, and how the biases of others may impact your employment outlook. Please RSVP for this workshop by sending an email to Dr. Barbara Gibson ([email protected]) no later than May 31, 2013. There are limited number of seats available, so it is recommended you RSVP early.
  • Thursday, TBD

Additional Information/Contact Info

We especially encourage underrepresented minorities and women to attend the school's unique offerings. CSoI proudly supports the development & retention of STEM students from groups that are underrepresented; therefore limited funding is available to help defray travel expenses for these individuals. For more information on diversity travel funds, please contact Barbara Gibson ([email protected]

School Program Contact:

Brent Ladd, [email protected]


Lodging, Travel, and Registration Questions:

Erica D. Wilson, Purdue Conferences

[email protected]

Ph. (765) 494-7221

Organizing Committee:

  • General Chair: Wojciech Szpankowski (Purdue University)
  • Andrea Goldsmith (Stanford University)
  • Sergio Verdu (Princeton University)
  • Deepak Kumar (Bryn Mawr College)
  • Olgica Milenkovic (University of Illinois)
  • Todd P. Coleman (UC San Diego)
  • Mark D. Ward (Purdue University)
  • Brent Ladd (Purdue University)
  • Barbara Gibson (Purdue University)
  • Bob Brown (Purdue University)


Advisor: Gerhard Kramer (Technical University of Munich)