2020 IEEE European School of Information Theory (ESIT2020)

Stuttgart, Germany
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ESIT2020

The European School of Information Theory (ESIT) is an annual educational event, organized by the IEEE Information Theory Society (ITSoc), for graduate students, postdocs and researchers from institutes throughout Europe and beyond. The objective of the school is to provide participants with the opportunity (i) to learn from distinguished lecturers by attending long-format tutorials, (ii) to present their own work to obtain feedback and to start up collaborations, (iii) to hear about applications of information theory in industry, and (iv) to participate in a stimulating and inviting forum of scientists.

School dates

The 4.5 day school will be held from May 25–29 2020 in Stuttgart, Germany.

ESIT2020 will be postponed to a later date (most likely September/October 2020) due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. The new date will be announced on this website in a few weeks.

All registrations will be cancelled and fully refunded. Existing user accounts for the registration page will remain valid in order to allow for re-registration at a later point in time.

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Silhouette of some landmark buildings of Stuttgart. Left of the Stuttgart TV tower is Stuttgart Main Station, core of Europe's biggest infrastructure project: Stuttgart 21.

Tutorial Lectures

There will be six tutorial lectures on current topics in or closely related to Information Theory, 2 x 90 minutes each. We are especially happy to have the 2020 IEEE ITSoc Goldsmith Lecturer, Professor Ayfer Özgür from Stanford University, among our confirmed speakers.

A complete list of the tutorial lectures together with their speakers is given below.

Short Lectures

Besides the six tutorial lectures, we will have two short lectures (45 minutes) that provide a different take on some of the topics covered by the tutorial lectures or give introductions into additional topics.

The short lectures and their speakers are given below.

Poster Sessions

Participants are encouraged to present some of their recent work in one of the two poster sessions. Junior participants that may have not yet obtained publishable results are invited to present their thesis topics (including state-of-the-art and preliminary results) or survey posters.

The posters of each session will be announced in "one minute madness" form, where each poster author has exactly 60 seconds to invite everyone to come and see their poster. Based on their title, posters will be assigned to one of the sessions by the ESIT organizers. Please send the title of your poster to esit2020@inue.uni-stuttgart.de before May 18, 2020.

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Nokia Bell Labs Logo
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Mercedes-Benz Museum at blue hour.

Special Events

The school will start with a welcome event on Sunday evening.

On Wednesday afternoon, school participants are invited to a tour of Nokia Bell Labs, Stuttgart. The staff will present recent research results and showcase several exciting demos.

Right after the Nokia Bell Labs tour, participants are invited to visit the nearby Mercedes-Benz Museum, before everybody meets downtown for a social dinner at a local brewery.

School Schedule (tentative)

18:00 - 21:00

Welcome event at the school venue IBZ

08:45 - 09:00

Welcome by the ESIT organizers

09:00 - 10:30

Efficient Decoding of Polar Codes: Algorithms and Implementations (Part 1)
Alexios Balatsoukas-Stimming

10:30 - 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:15

Efficient Decoding of Polar Codes: Algorithms and Implementations (Part 2)
Alexios Balatsoukas-Stimming

12:15 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:30

Techniques for Decoding Algebraic Codes (Part 1)
Johan S H Rosenkilde

15:30 - 15:45

Coffee Break

15:45 - 17:15

Techniques for Decoding Algebraic Codes (Part 2)
Johan S H Rosenkilde

09:00 - 10:30

Deep Learning Applications in Communications (Part 1)
Jakob Hoydis

10:30 - 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:15

Deep Learning Applications in Communications (Part 2)
Jakob Hoydis

12:15 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:00

Theory of Deep Learning for Inverse Problems
Reinhard Heckel

15:00 - 15:45

One Minute Madness presentations for Participant Poster Session 1

15:45 - 17:30

Participant Poster Session 1

08:30 - 10:00

Private Information Retrieval (Part 1)
Sennur Ulukus

10:00 - 10:15

Coffee Break

10:15 - 11:45

Private Information Retrieval (Part 2)
Sennur Ulukus

13:30 - 16:00

Lab Tour at Nokia Bell Labs Stuttgart

16:30 - 18:00

Visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum

19:00 -

Social dinner at a local brewery

09:00 - 10:30

Deep, Fast, Private Federated Learning (Part 1)
Ayfer Özgür (2020 IEEE IT Society Goldsmith Lecturer)

10:30 - 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:15

Deep, Fast, Private Federated Learning (Part 2)
Ayfer Özgür (2020 IEEE IT Society Goldsmith Lecturer)

12:15 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:00

Spatially Coupled Codes
Laurent Schmalen

15:00 - 15:45

One Minute Madness presentations for Participant Poster Session 2

15:45 - 17:30

Participant Poster Session 2

09:00 - 10:30

Quantum Information Theory (Part 1)
David Sutter

10:30 - 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:15

Quantum Information Theory (Part 2)
David Sutter

12:15 -

Closing remarks

Fees

All-inclusive participation (including special events, lunches, public transport but w/o housing):

  • IEEE ITSoc members: 160 €
  • Non-members: 220 €

Optional housing (including breakfast, en suite washroom):

  • Shared double room May 24 (check-in) to May 29 (check-out): 260 €
  • Single room May 24 (check-in) to May 29 (check-out): 470 €
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Schlossplatz (Stuttgart's main square) in front of the New Palace. The social dinner will be held in this area.

Stuttgart

<wikipedia> Stuttgart (pronounced SHTUUT-gart) is the capital and largest city of the German state of Baden–Württemberg. Stuttgart is located on the Neckar river in a fertile valley known locally as the „Stuttgart Cauldron”. It lies an hour from the Swabian Jura and the Black Forest. Its urban area has a population of 609,219, making it the sixth largest city in Germany. 2.7 million people live in the city’s administrative region and another 5.3 million people in its metropolitan area, making it the fourth largest metropolitan area in Germany.</wikipedia>

Some major companies have their headquarters in or around Stuttgart, including Bosch, Daimler/Mercedes–Benz,and Porsche.

Several airlines have direct flights to Stuttgart International Airport from different European cities and Stuttgart Main Station is a major hub of the European high-speed railroad system.

Venue

The school will be held at the Internationales Begegnungszentrum (IBZ) in walking distance to the main campus of University of Stuttgartin Stuttgart/Vaihingen. IBZ is run by the university itself, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Fraunhofer, and the Max Planck Society. The whole venue will be reserved for the school, no other guests will be on its premises.

The regional train (S-Bahn, Lines S1, S2, S3) station Universität is located right on campus with direct connections to Stuttgart International Airport, Stuttgart Main Station, the Mercedes–Benz Museum, and the downtown area.

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IBZ courtyard, where welcome event and coffee breaks will be held.

The Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) and Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) licenses for the stock photos used above can be found here and here, respectively.

 The ITSoc conference code of conduct as well as its statement on sexual harassment apply.

Organizers

Stephan ten Brink
Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Stephan ten Brink

Director

Christian  Senger
Dr.-Ing.

Christian Senger

Deputy Director

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