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제 목 [Vol.6 No.3] 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory
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작성일 2016-09-17 조 회 828
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2016 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory


By: Trung-Anh Do, PhD student at Dankook University

  As a PhD student, I have just had a chance to attend one of the global leading conferences –the IEEE 2016 International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT 2016). Being a part of ISIT 2016 has left me with unforgettable impression, specially when I am in my first steps in the research path. My research activities primarily cover wireless communications, and the conference has brought me an opportunity to attend valuable presentations and discussions panel led by well-known scientists, while updating future directions for research in the field as well.

Held in Barcelona from 10-15 July 2016, ISIT 2016 has received the participation of academic researchers and industry professionals working across various aspects of information theory: From wireless communications to compression, security and cryptography, Big Data analytics and so on. More notably, ISIT 2016 is one of the biggest events of IEEE Information Theory Society in the centennial year of Claude Shannon’s birth - the founding father of information theory.
ISIT 2016 Official Website (http://www.isit2016.org/)



ISIT 2016 is comprised of 5 tutorials, 5 plenary talks, and 149 technical sessions taking place in the Ciutadella Campus of Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona. In an attempt to create a relaxing and sharing setting for the attendees, the organization department offered social programs such as Welcome Reception, Awards Luncheon and Conference Banquet in large halls. Recently I have been working on cache-enabled wireless networks, so I chose to attend technical sessions such as Distributed Storage, Wireless Communications, Caching in Wireless Networks, Caching and Computation, and especially Heterogeneous Networks, where I was also delivering a presentation. One of the most impressive talk to me was the opening speech delivered by Professor Elza Erkip - currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Erkip described how many of the developments of the past 45 years, which demonstrate the benefits of cooperative communication in different wireless scenarios, have set the stage for the next generation of wireless communications.


“From 3T to 5G: Theory and Practice of Cooperation in Wireless Networks” – Opening Speech


In addition, there were nine roundtable discussions, each of which centered on a different topic and led by mentors with expertise to share. By participating in these discussions, I received a lot of instructions and experience on research life.


Coffee Break Lounge

Another impression of mine in ISIT 2016 was the coffee-break organized at the courtyard of the conference venue, where attendees had quick discussions after each session, shared their ongoing works with others, made new friends, and found new collaborations. From short and interesting chats with new friends and famous scientists, especially the meeting with the Shannon Awardee, Alexander Holevo, I did not only perceived new knowledge and research experience but also was inspired to continue pursuing my academic path.


The banquet of ISIT 2016

ISIT 2016 was closed by a banquet held at Sala Oval of the Museu Nacional de Catalulya. Throughout its programs, I have seen a lot of interesting results and trends on my research field, and updated some of the challenging problems and information theorists will likely need to develop and embrace new abstractions, models, tools, methods and their own imaginations. The knowledge and experiences obtained in this conference inspires me to greater efforts in my current role as a PhD student and as a future researcher as well.

Co-sponsored by IEEE Information Theory Society, the National Science Foundation of the United States and many industry companies, ISIT 2016 had a limited amount of funding available to support attendees who are financially challenged to join ISIT. A recipient of Student Travel Grants could receive up to a maximum amount of $500 (USD) as a partial reimbursement of registration and travel expenditures. Eligible applicants are students, who are both primary author and presenter of at least one accepted ISIT paper. In order to apply for student travel support, applications needed to submit an online application with the supervisor’s confirmation. Then, Student Travel Grants Committee processed and selected the awardees due to the initial round of funding.
Additional awards were allocated on an ongoing basis as further funding became available up until the end of the conference. Notifications and detailed instructions on further steps were sent from Student Travel Grants Committee to awardees.


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