Plenary Talks



Successive cancellation decoding: polarization and its convergence rate

Ilya Dumer

University of California Riverside, USA

Ilya DumerIlya Dumer received his Ph.D. degree from the Institute for Information Transmission Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1981 and was with this Institute from 1983 to 1995. During 1992-1993, he was a Royal Society Guest Research Fellow at Manchester University, Manchester, U.K., and during 1993-1994, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Institute for Experimental Mathematics in Essen, Germany. Since 1995, he has been a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Dumer’s interests are in coding theory, discrete geometry, and their applications, with an emphasis on the low-complexity decoding algorithms, non-binary and quantum codes, and covering problems in the Euclidean spaces. In 2006-2009, he served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (2007).


Syed A. Jafar

University of California Irvine, USA

Syed A. JafarSyed Ali Jafar received his B. Tech. from IIT Delhi, India, in 1997, M.S. from Caltech, USA, in 1999, and Ph.D. from Stanford, USA, in 2003, all in Electrical Engineering. His industry experience includes positions at Lucent Bell Labs and Qualcomm. He is a 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, wireless communications and network coding.

Dr. Jafar is a recipient of the New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik National Laureate in Physical Sciences and Engineering, the NSF CAREER Award, the ONR Young Investigator Award, the UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Research, the School of Engineering Mid-Career Excellence in Research Award and the School of Engineering Maseeh Outstanding Research Award. His co-authored papers have received the IEEE Information Theory Society Best Paper Award, IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award, IEEE Communications Society Heinrich Hertz Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award, IEEE Information Theory Society Jack Wolf ISIT Best Student Paper Award, and three IEEE GLOBECOM Best Paper Awards. Dr. Jafar received the UC Irvine EECS Professor of the Year award six times, in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2017 from the Engineering Students Council, a School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award in 2012, and a Senior Career Innovation in Teaching Award in 2018. He was a University of Canterbury Erskine Fellow in 2010 and an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2013-2014. Dr. Jafar was recognized as a Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher and included by Sciencewatch among The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications 2004-2009, for IEEE Communications Letters 2008-2009 and for IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 2009-2012. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.


Olgica Milenkovic

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Olgica Milenkovic


Angelia Nedich

Arizona State University, USA

Angelia NedicAngelia Nedich holds a Ph.D. from Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, in Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Physics (1994), and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA in Electrical and Computer Science Engineering (2002). She has worked as a senior engineer in BAE Systems North America, Advanced Information Technology Division at Burlington, MA. She is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award 2007 in Operations Research for her work in distributed multi-agent optimization. She is a recipient (jointly with her co-authors) of the Best Paper Award at the Winter Simulation Conference 2013 and the Best Paper Award at the International Symposium on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc and Wireless Networks (WiOpt) 2015. Also, she is a coauthor of the book Convex Analysis and Optimization. Her current interest is in large-scale optimization, games, control and information processing in networks.


Anant Sahai

University of California Berkeley, USA

Anant SahaiAnant Sahai did his undergraduate work in EECS at UC Berkeley, and then went to MIT as a graduate student studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Course 6 in MIT-speak). After graduating with his PhD, and before joining the Berkeley faculty, he was on the theoretical/algorithmic side of a team at the startup Enuvis, Inc. developing new adaptive software radio techniques for GPS in very low SNR environments (such as those encountered indoors in urban areas). He currently serves also as faculty adviser to UC Berkeley's chapter of Eta Kappa Nu. He has previously served as the Treasurer for the IEEE Information Theory Society.

His research interests span information theory, decentralized control, machine learning, and wireless communication --- with a particular interest at the intersections of these fields. Within wireless communication, he is particularly interested in Spectrum Sharing and Cognitive Radio as well as very-low-latency ultra-reliable wireless communication protocols for the Internet Of Things. Recently, he is very interested in machine learning for cooperation, control, and wireless communication.


Aylin Yener

The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Aylin Yener Aylin Yener is a professor of Electrical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University since 2010, and a Dean’s fellow since 2017. She joined Penn State’s faculty as an assistant professor in 2002, and was an associate professor 2006-2010. She was a visiting professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University in 2016-2018 and a visiting associate professor in the same department in 2008-2009.

She received the B.Sc. degree in electrical and electronics engineering, and the B.Sc. degree in physics, from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey; and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Yener’s recognitions include the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2003, 2014 IEEE Marconi paper award and 2018 WICE Outstanding Achievement Award. She is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and the IEEE Communications Society. She is a fellow of the IEEE.

Yener’s research interests are in fundamental performance limits of networked systems, communications and information theory with applications to information theoretic physical layer security, energy harvesting communication networks, and caching systems.

Yener’s service to IEEE includes having served as a technical program chair of various symposia for the IEEE Communication Society, an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, an associate editor and an editorial advisory board member for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and a senior editor for the Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. She is a member of the IEEE fellows committee.

Her service to IEEE Information Theory Society includes having served as the student committee chair, the treasurer, the information theory school committee chair, and a member of the Board of Governors. She is the second vice president for 2018, and the vice president elect for 2019, of the IEEE Information Theory Society.