About The Distinguished Lecturer Program

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The Information Theory Society established the Distinguished Lecturer Program to promote interest in information theory by supporting chapters who wish to invite prominent information theory researchers to give talks at their events. Distinguished Lecturers are selected by the Membership and Chapters (MC) Committee in consultation with the Board of Governors. The Society aims to maintain ten Distinguished Lecturers each serving for two year terms. Pictures of current and past Distinguished Lecturers can be found here.

A chapter desiring to invite a Distinguished Lecturer should submit a proposal to the Membership Committee Chair indicating

- the benefit to the chapter,
plans for interaction by the local members with the Distinguished Lecturer, and
- the chapter's plan for ensuring vigorous attendance.

If the MC Committee accepts the request and if the Distinguished Lecturer accepts the invitation, the MC Committee Chair will approve a Distinguished Lecturer event with an appropriate level of expense reimbursement (usually partial travel costs).

The value of the program will be assessed through feedback from the chapters and the Distinguished Lecturers. Comments and feedback on the program are always welcome, please contact the MC Committee Chair.

Current Distinguished Lecturers

The following is a list of the current Distinguished Lecturers. 

2017-2019 LecturersPresentation(s)
Tara Javidi  (2017-2018)


Navin Kashyap (2017-2018)

 The Communication Complexity of Secret Key Generation, Bertinoro, Italy, May 11, 2018

Feedback Capacity and Coding for Binary-Input Memoryless Channels with a No-Consecutive-Ones Input Constraint, Telecom Paris Tech, France, May 15. 2018

Probabilistic Forwarding Over Networks: To Code Or Not To Code?, Technical University of Munich, Germany, May 18, 2018 

Chandra Nair (2017-2018)
Osvaldo Simeone (2017-2018)

Fog-Aided Wireless Networks: An Information-Theoretic View

Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden, Aug 31, 2017 
Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden,  Sep 6, 2017  Lund University, Lund, Sweden, Sep 7, 2017 
KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, Sep 8, 2017
NYU Poly, Brooklyn, USA, Nov 2, 2017
GdR meeting, Paris, France, Dec 8, 2017
Technion, Haifa, Israel, Dec 21, 2017
Seventh Van der Meulen seminar, University of Twente, The Netherlands, April 12, 2018
IWCIT, Tehran, Iran,  April 26, 2018
Ram Zamir (2017-2018)
Marco Dalai (2018-2019)
Amos Lapidoth (2018-2019)
Vincent Tan (2018-2019)

Recent Advances in Ranking: Adversarial Respondents an Lower Bounds on the Bayes Risk; University of Toronto; June 11, 2018

Minimum Rates of Approximate Sufficient Statistics, University of Waterloo, June 13, 2018

Recent Advances in Ranking: Adversarial Respondents and Lower Bounds on the Bayes Risk; McMaster University; June 15, 2018

Sennur Ulukus (2018-2019)

Private Information Retrieval: How to Get Something Without Revealing What You Got

University of Waterloo, on April 2, 2018
McMaster University, on April 3, 2018
University of Toronto, on April 4, 2018

Aaron Wagner (2018-2019)


Past Distinguished Lectures

The following is a partial list of past Distinguished Lectures with slides.

Martin J. Wainwright (2016-2017) (forthcoming)
Ron M. Roth (2016-2017) (forthcoming)
Olgica Milenkovic (2016-2017) (forthcoming)
Babak Hassibi (2016-2017) (forthcoming)
Suhas Diggavi (2016-2017) Foundations of secure cyber physical systems
McMaster University, Toronto, Canada, Monday, 19 October, 2015
National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, May 15, 2017

Interactive wireless network security
Academica Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, May 16th, 2017
National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), May 17th, 2017
Emina Soljanin (2015-2016)

Cloud Storage Space vs. Download Time for Large Files 
Arizona State University, US, September 11, 2015 
University of Illinois at Chicago, US, November 6, 2015 
Aalto University, Finland, August 31, 2016

Network Multicast: A theoretical Minimum and an Open Problem 
Aalto University, Finland, August 31, 2016

Henry Pfister (2015-2016) Graphical Models and Inference: Insights from Spatial Coupling 
Lund University, Sweden, September 16, 2016
Andrea Montanari (2015-2016) (forthcoming)
Gerhard Kramer (2015-2016)

Communication Rates for Phase Noise Channels 
Spanish IT Chapter Doctoral School San Sebastian, Spain, July 3, 2015

Bounds on the Capacity of Optical Fiber Channels 
Linköping University, Sweden, June 2, 2016 

Information Rates for Phase Noise Channels (including fiber optic channels) 
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, September 15, 2016

Models and Capacity Bounds for Optical Fiber Channels 
Imperial College, University of York, University of Cambridge, UK, December 14-16, 2016 

Alexandros Dimakis (2015-2016) (forthcoming)
Frans M.J. Willems (2014-2015)

Combining the Burrows Wheeler Transform and the Context-Tree Weighting Algorithm
1st Seminar on Future Directions in Information Theory and Communications &
2nd African Winter School on Information Theory and Communications
Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, South Africa, August 18, 2015

Waiting-TimesDependence BalancesSearch Codes, and False Acceptance (4 parts) 
IEEE EURASIP Spain Seminar on Signal Processing, Communication and Information Theory,
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, December 11, 2014.

Pascal Vontobel (2014-2015) (forthcoming)
Tracey Ho (2014-2015)


Giuseppe Caire (2014-2015)


Erdal Arikan (2014-2015)


Rüdiger Urbanke (2013-2014) (forthcoming)
H. Vincent Poor (2013-2014)

Feedback in Wireless Networks: Recent Results and Discoveries
The Technion, Haifa, Israel, June 13, 2013

Feedback in Wireless Networks: Recent Results and Discoveries
Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany, September 2, 2013

Games, Privacy and Distributed Inference for the Smart Grid
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, September 17, 2013

Smart Grid: The Role of the Information Sciences
Northeastern University, Boston, MA, September 18, 2014

Muriel Médard (2013-2014) (forthcoming)
Elza Erkip (2013-2014) (forthcoming)
Helmut Bölcskei (2013-2014)


Emre Telatar (2012-2013)


Shlomo Shamai (Shitz) (2012-2013)


Frank R. Kschischang (2012-2013)


Young-Han Kim (2012-2013)


Christina Fragouli (2012-2013)


Raymond Yeung (2011-2012)

 Refinement of Two Fundamental Tools in Information Theory 
Technical University of Munich (TUM), Munich, Germany, Jun 10, 2011
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Jun 24, 2011
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH), Jun 27, 2011

David Tse (2011-2012)

Information Theory of High-throughput Shotgun Sequencing
Tel Aviv University, Israel, June 4, 2012

The Science of Information; From Communication to DNA Sequencing
University of British Columbia, September 14, 2012

The Science of Information; From Communication to DNA Sequencing
Chinese University of Hong Kong, December 14, 2012 

Alex Grant (2011-2012) (forthcoming)
Max Costa (2011-2012) Dirty Paper Coding and Distributed Source Coding - Two views of combined source and channel coding
Interference Channels
Eindhoven University of Technology, Dec 4th, 2012 
Toby Berger (2011-2012) (forthcoming)
Michael Gastpar (2010-2011) (forthcoming)
Andrea Goldsmith (2010-2011) The road ahead for wireless technology: Dreams and Challenges
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Oct. 13, 2011
Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaiso Chile, Dec. 30, 2010
Alon Orlitsky (2010-2011) (forthcoming)
Amin Shokrollahi (2010-2011) (forthcoming)
Sergio Verdú (2010-2011) (forthcoming)