General Information

The first Canadian School of Information Theory, sponsored by the Canadian Society of Information Theory (CSIT), NSERC, and Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences, will be offered in conjunction with CWIT 2011. The goal of the School of Information Theory is to bring graduate students and senior researchers together to participate in a stimulating tutorial program related to information theory and its applications.  For CWIT 2011, we are happy to announce that Prof. Mung Chiang from Princeton University and Prof. Syed Ali Jafar from University of California Irvine have agreed to be the inaugural instructors for the first Canadian School of Information Theory.

Instructor: Syed Ali Jafar
Time & Date: 8:30am-12:30pm, May 17, 2011
Location: UBC Okanagan Campus, ART 214

Title: Interference Alignment : A New Look at Signal Dimensions in Interference Networks

Interference is the primary bottleneck on the data rate capacity of most wireless and many wired networks. The recent emergence of the idea of interference alignment has shown that the throughput limits of interference networks may be orders of magnitude higher than previously imagined. In a relatively short period of three years since its emergence, the idea has gained tremendous momentum in research pursued by industry as well as the academia within the network information theory, communication theory, signal processing, and network coding communities. This tutorial introduces the audience to the idea of interference alignment, traces its origins, reviews a variety of interference alignment schemes, summarizes the diverse settings where the idea of interference alignment is applicable and highlights the common principles that cut across these diverse applications.

Syed Ali Jafar received the B. Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India in 1997, the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena USA in 1999, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA USA in 2003. His industry experience includes positions at Lucent Bell Labs , Qualcomm Inc. and Hughes Software Systems. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA USA. His research interests include multiuser information theory and wireless communications.

Dr. Jafar received the NSF CAREER Award in 2006, the ONR Young Investigator Award in 2008, the IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award in 2009 and the UC Irvine Engineering School Fariborz Maseeh Award for Outstanding Research in 2010. Dr. Jafar also received the UC Irvine Engineering Faculty of the Year Award in 2006 and the UC Irvine EECS Professor of the Year Award twice, in 2009 and again in 2011, for excellence in teaching. He received the Visiting Erskine Fellowship from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2010. He served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications 2004-2009, for IEEE Communications Letters 2008-2009 and is currently serving as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.

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Instructor: Mung Chiang
Time & Date:
2:00pm-6:00pm, May 17, 2011
UBC Okanagan Campus, ART 214

Title: Optimizing Wireless Network Resource Allocation

This tutorial discusses the optimization models and methods in wireless network resource allocation, especially power control and scheduling. Emphasis will be on deriving distributed algorithms, bridging the theory-practice gap, and evaluating fairness of allocation. Both classical results and recent advances will be covered, and implications to industry standards and practical implementation discussed. 

Mung Chiang is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, and an Affiliated Faculty of Applied and Computational Mathematics and of Computer Science, at Princeton University. He received the B.S. (Honors) in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1999, 2000, and 2003, respectively, and was an Assistant Professor at Princeton University 2003-2008. His research areas include optimization, distributed control, and stochastic analysis of communication networks, with applications to the Internet, wireless networks, broadband access networks, content distribution, and network economics. He founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009:

He received Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers 2008 from the White House, TR35 Young Innovator Award 2007 from Technology Review, Young Investigator Award 2007 from ONR, Young Researcher Award Runner-up 2004-2007 from Mathematical Programming Society, CAREER Award 2005 from NSF, as well as Frontiers of Engineering Symposium participant 2008 from NAE and Engineering Teaching Commendation 2007 from Princeton University. He was a Princeton University Howard B. Wentz Junior Faculty and a Hertz Foundation Fellow. His paper awards include ISI citation Fast Breaking Paper in Computer Science and IEEE GLOBECOM Best Paper three times. His guest and associate editorial services include IEEE/ACM Trans. Netw., IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory, IEEE J. Sel. Area Comm., IEEE Trans. Comm., IEEE Trans. Wireless Comm., and J. Optimization and Engineering. He has 4 US patents issued, and co-chaired 38th Conference on Information Sciences and Systems and 9th IEEE WiOpt Conference.

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Student Grants

We hope to provide a number of grants to students who wish to attend the School of Information Theory on May 17, 2011.  To apply for such grant, please email with your brief CV and short statements by March 31, 2011. Please note: this small grant is designed to cover the extra expenses incurred to attend the School of information Theory. The grant is not designed to cover the travel expense to Kelowna.