ESIT 2024

IEEE European School of Information Theory

The IEEE European School of Information Theory (ESIT) is an annual educational event organized by the IEEE Information Theory Society for graduate students from institutes throughout Europe and beyond. The objective of the school is to provide participants with the opportunity

  1. to learn from distinguished lecturers by attending long-format (3 hour) tutorials,
  2. to present their own work to obtain feedback and to start up collaborations,
  3. to hear about applications of information theory in industry, and
  4. to participate in a stimulating and inviting forum of scientists.

Dates

ESIT 2024 starts on Monday (July 1) and ends on Friday (July 5).

Location

ESIT 2024 will be held in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Eindhoven is a high-tech city in the south of the Netherlands and home to Philips, NXP Semiconductors, ASML, etc. The second largest airport in the Netherlands in terms of number of served passengers is located in Eindhoven with direct flights to Athens, where ISIT 2024 will be held on July 7-12. Eindhoven is connected to Amsterdam with a direct train (80 minutes).

Program

The program includes a mix of tutorials (two 1.5-hour lectures), seminars (1-hour lectures) and industry sessions (1.5-hour sessions) by experts on topics of current interest in information theory and affiliated fields, e.g., communication and coding theory, machine learning and statistics, quantum information processing, information-theoretic security.

Welcome reception on Sunday (June 30) is sponsored by Center for Wireless Technology Eindhoven (CWTe) and will take place at 100 Watt Brewery Café. This is an informal event which will allow you a chance to meet with fellow attendees ahead of the week's sessions.

Registration and Opening: The registration desk will be open on Monday (July 1) from 8:30. The school's opening ceremony will take place from 8:45 to 9:00 in De Zwarte Doos.

Excursion on Wednesday (July 3) will be a visit to the medieval castle in Helmond. The castle itself is located in the middle of Helmond city center. A few minutes away from the castle, the city also houses the well-known cubical houses, which you can only find in Rotterdam and Helmond. (a packed lunch will be provided on Wednesday at 12:30 in the venue of the school for all attendees). The bus for the excursion will depart at 13:30 from the pickup point, and will depart back to Eindhoven at 17:00.

The networking dinner on Thursday (July 4) will take place at Mainstreet Eindhoven.

Download links for the presented slides are available here.

Tutorials

Tutorial 1
Talk 1: Information Theoretic Secrecy
Talk 2: Information Theoretic Data and Distribution Privacy
Prof. Prakash Narayan, University of Maryland

Tutorial 2
Quantum Machine Learning: Theory and Practice
Prof. Osvaldo Simeone, King’s College

Tutorial 3
Universal Coding and Decoding for Erasures and Errors
Prof. Muriel Medard and Prof. Ken Duffy, MIT and Northeastern University

Tutorial 4
Achieving Capacity: Techniques and Mismatched Decoding
Prof. Albert Guillén i Fàbregas, University of Cambridge

Seminars

Seminar 1
Fiber-Optic Communications: A Good Proving Ground for Information Theorists
Prof. Marco Secondini, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies

Seminar 2
Communication-Efficient Private Distribution Estimation via Combinatorial Designs
Prof. Si-Hyeon Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Seminar 3
Classical Coding Theory Meets the Quantum World
Prof. Laurent Schmalen, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Seminar 4
From Classical to Quantum Entropy Inequalities
Prof. Mario Berta, RWTH Aachen University

Industry Sessions

Industry session 1
From Academic Theory to Practice: Career Opportunities for Experts in Information Theory
Prof. Andreas Burg, EPFL
A Perspective of Unsourced Multiple Access in 6G
Dr. Gianluigi Liva, DLR (virtual session)

Industry session 2
Applications of Information-Theoretic Secure Key Generation
Dr. Roel Maes, TU/e and Synopsys
Building AI Requires Building a Strong Compressor
Dr. Tim Genewein, DeepMind

Poster Sessions

One of the goals of the ESIT is to promote interaction and collaboration among students. To this end, students are advised to present their work via a poster. Students who have just started their doctoral studies and have not yet obtained publishable results may also present the topic chosen for their thesis (including state-of-the-art and preliminary results). Posters will be presented in two separate sessions.

While there are no strict requirements for the poster format, we recommend printing your posters in A0 size for optimal display. Space will be available for hanging up to A0 size posters.

Printing your posters in TU/e: It is possible to print your poster at TU/e campus Reproshop (located in the first floor of Metaforum building). The Reproshop will be open in the weekend (10:00-22:00) and weekdays (8:00-20:00). This is a self-service facility and the printing cost differs depending on the size (A0, A1 and A2) and paper quality (plain 90 g/m2 and coated 160 g/m2). To give you an example, the printing price of one A0 poster is 6 and 10 euro for plain and coated paper, respectively. Please note that cash payment is not possible in this facility.

Venue

The school is hosted by Information and Communication Theory Lab, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The tutorial lectures, seminars, and industrial sessions will be held at De Zwarte Doos.

The poster sessions will be held at the north entrance of the Atlas building.
The registration desk will be located at floor 1 of the Zwarte Doos.

You can find a map of TU/e illustrating the venues here.

Organizing Committee

The 2024 edition of the European School of Information Theory is being organized in collaboration with EuroTech Universities Alliance.

Registration

The registration fee is 150 euro. Students/postdocs from EuroTech Universities can register for free, courtesy of EuroTech’s co-organization.

The registration deadline has passed. Registration is no longer possible.

Student Accommodation

A number of subsidized rooms are available for students at The Social Hub Eindhoven. The Social Hub is situated alongside Eindhoven’s central station and enjoys a prime location that offers captivating views of the city.

We are delighted to announce that we have secured 25 fully subsidized rooms for ESIT 2024 participants. These rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to the registered attendees. For more information on the fully subsidized rooms (and their availability) you can contact us or pre-register for the school. The requirement for obtaining one of these rooms will be shared on demand.
As of April 9th, all fully subsidized rooms have been booked.

If you would like to book a room at The Social Hub Eindhoven, we have 25 discounted rooms for June 30th-July 5th. Please note these rooms are not subsidized.
As of May 30th, the discounted rooms are no longer available.

You can still book a room directly from The Social Hub Eindhoven. Please note that these rooms will be regular priced.

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Contact

For more information, please contact ictlab@tue.nl.