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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CNLS Conference Room (TA-3, Bldg 1690)


Teaching an old code a new trick

Rudiger Urbanke
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)

CHANGED DATE AND TIME Our digital lives depend heavily on our ability to efficiently and reliably transmit information over long distances. It is therefore not surprising that much effort has been dedicated to devising clever schemes to accomplish this. I will go back in time to Reed-Muller codes, one of the pioneering codes discovered in the mid fifties and I will ask the question: "What do you get when you combine these classical algebraic codes, EXIT functions from iterative coding, and the fact that monotone symmetric Boolean functions have sharp thresholds?"[Based on joint work with S. Kudekar, S. Kumar, M. Mondelli, H. D. Pfister, and E. Sasoglu]

Host: Marc Vuffray