New developments in broadcast channels
Wed., Feb 22, 2012
1:00 - 2:00 PM
521 Cory Hall (Hogan Room)
Broadcast channel refers to a commonly occurring communication scenario where a single sender wishes to send (possibly different) messages to multiple receivers. This is one of the fundamental problems in network information theory, a generalization of Shannon's point-to-point information theory. In this talk, I will talk about a collection of recent results that have been obtained over the last couple of years that made significant progress, both from an intuitive perspective as well as a theoretical perspective, on long standing open problems in this area. The talk will be self-contained, and the emphasis will be on the bigger picture of the results than the specific details of establishing them.

Bio: Prof. Nair did his undergraduate studies at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras in electrical engineering graduating in 1999. He received the Siemens and Phillips (India) medal for having the best academic record in the department during his undergraduate studies. Concurrently, he also completed the four year nurture programme in Mathematics at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences(IMSc ) under the auspices of the National Board of Higher Mathematics(NBHM). He received a Masters (2002) and PhD (2005) in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He was a Stanford Graduate Fellow (2000-2004) and then a Microsoft Graduate Fellow (2004-2005) during his graduate studies. Then he became a postdoctoral fellow at the theory group in Microsoft Research for two years. Following this he joined the IE department faculty, CUHK, in Fall 2007. His current interests are in basic network information theory problems, in particular the broadcast channel. He has previously worked on problems touching many areas including combinatorial optimization, statistical physics, algorithms, and networks. website: (to be updated in some near future)
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