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Viterbi Lecture Verdu

Andrew J. Viterbi Distinguished Lecture in Communication

Dr. Sergio Verdú
Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering
Princeton University

"What is Information Theory" 

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Andrus Gerontology Patio           Reception 3:00pm
Andrus Gerontology Auditorium      Lecture 4:00pm

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This wide-audience talk will address the history of Claude Shannon’s theory on the fundamental limits of data compression and data transmission through noisy channels. We will review the impact of information theory on the design of various information technologies, as well as its intersections with other fields. We will also discuss the evolving perception of information theory since its inception in 1948 among the wider scientific community.


Sergio Verdú is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he is the recipient of the 2007 Claude E. Shannon Award, and the 2008 IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal. He received the 2000 Frederick E. Terman Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, and a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. In 1998, Cambridge University Press published his book Multiuser Detection. His papers have received several awards, including the 1992 IEEE Donald Fink Paper Award, the Information Theory Outstanding Paper Award in both 1998 and 2012, an IEEE Information Theory Golden Jubilee Paper Award, the 2002 Leonard G. Abraham Prize Award in the field of Communications Systems, the 2007 IEEE Joint Communications/Information Theory Paper Award, and the 2009 Stephen O. Rice Prize from the IEEE Communications Society. He served as President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 1997, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Foundations and Trends in Communications and Information Theory.


About Andrew J. Viterbi:

Andrew J. Viterbi is a co-founder and retired vice chairman and chief technical officer of QUALCOMM Incorporated. He spent equal portions of his career both in industry, having previously co-founded Linkabit Corporation, and in academia as professor in the Schools of Engineering and Applied Science, first at UCLA and then at UCSD, where he is now professor emeritus. He is currently president of the Viterbi Group, a technical advisory and investment company.  His principal research contribution, the Viterbi Algorithm, is used in most digital cellular phones and digital satellite receivers, as well as in such diverse fields as magnetic recording, voice recognition and DNA sequence analysis. More recently, he concentrated his efforts on establishing CDMA as the multiple access technology of choice for cellular telephony and wireless data communication. Viterbi has received numerous honors both in the U.S. and internationally. Among these are four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Waterloo, Rome, Technion and Notre Dame, as well as memberships in the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received the Marconi International Fellowship Award, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell and Claude Shannon Awards, the NEC C&C Award, the Eduard Rhein Foundation Award and the Christopher Columbus Medal.

About the Viterbi Lecture
The Viterbi Lecture was created as the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s premier academic distinction in information technology and digital communications, an area of research in which the school of Engineering is a national leader. Each year, an awardee who has made fundamental contributions of profound impact in communication will present the Viterbi Lecture.



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