Information Theoretic Paths Forward in the Wireless Physical Layer

Thursday, October 19, 2017
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
EER 3.646
Free and open to the public

The past three decades have seen the development of widespread consumer mobile communications and other wireless applications, which today impact the lives of billions of people – indeed most people alive today.  Information theory has provided fundamental guidance for the evolution of wireless networks, and in turn wireless communications has provided a wealth of new problems in information theory.  Some of the most remarkable advances in this field have involved new ways of exploiting the physical properties of wireless channels, and this lecture will focus on such advances, beginning with a brief overview of some key developments in the recent evolution of this field, and then focusing on information theoretic approaches to two issues of particular relevance to emerging applications such as the Internet-of-Things and autonomous driving:  namely, physical-layer security, and reliable communication in the non-asymptotic regime of short codes.  The basic principles underlying these approaches will be described, as well as recent developments and open problems.

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H. Vincent Poor

Professor of Electrical Engineering
Princeton University

H. Vincent Poor is the Michael Henry Strater University Professor at Princeton University, where he has been on the faculty since 1990. From 1977 until 1990, he was on the faculty of the University of Illinois, and during 2006 to 2016, he served as Dean of Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. He has also held visiting appointments at several other universities, including most recently at Berkeley and Cambridge. His research interests are primarily in the areas of information theory and signal processing, with applications in communications and related fields.  Among his publications in these areas is the recent book Information Theoretic Security and Privacy of Information Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Dr. Poor is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, and is a foreign member of the Royal Society and other national and international academies. Recent recognition of his work includes the 2017 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, and honorary doctorates and professorships from several universities, including a D.Sc. honoris causa from Syracuse University awarded in 2017, and Honorary Professorships at Peking University and Tsinghua University also conferred in 2017.