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Student Committee Report. Aylin Yener, Penn State Presented at the BoG meeting, Porto, Portugal. Outline. Previous Events: CISS 2008 Upcoming Events: ISIT 2008 Initiatives The new web-site First Annual School of Information Theory Update.

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Student Committee Report

Aylin Yener, Penn State

Presented at the BoG meeting, Porto, Portugal

A. Yener, ITW

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  • Previous Events:

    • CISS 2008

  • Upcoming Events:

    • ISIT 2008

  • Initiatives

    • The new web-site

  • First Annual School of Information Theory Update

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Events since Allerton 07:CISS 2008, Princeton NJ

  • March 20, 2008: we organized a research discussion round table event for all participating students.

  • About 90 students attended the lunch event held at the Friend Center convocation room at Princeton.

  • Lalitha Sankar led the organization. 6 research topics discussed and led by the student volunteers.

    • “MIMO Channels”, leader: Jimmy Chui, Princeton.

    • “Network Coding” leader: Anna Pantelidou, UMD.

    • “Sparse Representations and Compressed Sensing”, leader: Eugene Brevdo, Princeton.

    • “Ad-hoc Networks” leader: Sharon Betz, Princeton

    • “Network and Information Security”, leaders: Lifeng Lai, Ruoheng Liu, Princeton, and Prasanth Ananthapadmanabhan, UMD.

    • “Network Optimization”, leaders: Chee Wei Tan, Princeton, Joydeep Acharya, WINLAB, Rutgers.

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Upcoming Events:ISIT 2008, Toronto

  • Two lunch time events planned

  • Monday: Round table research discussion

  • Thursday: Panel

  • Free T-shirt as is done every year

  • In collaboration with the local organization of ISIT (R. Adve, T.J. Lim)

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New Initiatives:Student Committee Web-site

  • The student committee web-site has been static html and was maintained by a volunteer student.

    • We feel that a content based architecture will be much more useful:

    • Uploads/interaction takes place without delay.

    • Students can upload material

    • We can make available detailed records of past events.

  • Preparations are currently underway to switch to Plone (Ack: Our “new” webmaster Anand Sarwate)

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New Initiatives: Volunteers

  • We need to reach out to more volunteers to actively participate.

  • Potential new student chairs will be sought as the current ones transition to post-student life.

  • Action item: posts within the committee for better defined tasks of the committee.

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Organizing Committee for 2008

  • Program Chairs:

    • Aylin Yener, Penn State

    • Gerhard Kramer, Bell Labs

  • Student Applications:

    • Sennur Ulukus, UMD

    • Ivana Maric, Stanford

  • Publicity&Web:

    • Nick Laneman, Notre Dame

    • Lalitha Sankar, Princeton

    • Brooke Shrader, UMD

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From the proposal (Sept 07) School of Information Theory:Our way to pay it forward to our society’s future generations

  • Lectures by renowned members of our society.

  • Students interact with their peers.

  • Students interact with senior scientists and get feedback on their work.

  • Students get exposed to contextand “big picture” early on.

  • The school will help foster friendships and collaboration for future academic and industrial scientists and promote IT.

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From the proposal (Sept 07): Who will attend?

  • Any graduate student or post-doc eligible to apply

  • Students apply for the school with their cvs and presentation/poster title

  • Students will each give a 10min talk and present a poster on the same topic for longer more detailed interactions.

  • Cap:100 students (plan for 50-60)

  • No registration Fee

  • Ideally: NO COST to attendees

  • Reality: Travel grants as much as budget allows

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Calendar, Location for 2008

The inaugural school of Information Theory will take place June 1, Sunday – June 5, Thursday 2008 at the University Park Campus, Penn State, State College, PA.

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  • Vince Poor: Keynote

  • Toby Berger: TBA

  • Muriel Medard: Network Coding

  • David Tse: IT of Wireless Networks: Breaking the log-jam

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Call for participation

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  • The response to the school has been above and beyond all our expectations: We received over 150 applications!

  • Original organization, preparations and budget was envisioning 60 attendees.

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  • We have made new arrangements to be able to accommodate 120 students and a total of 135 attendees.

  • Given the budget constraints and the large number of attendees, we had to first verify from applicants whether they could attend without travel support.

  • To accommodate 120 students, we will have a mix of 10min talks and poster sessions (as opposed to both per student).

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New 2008 Schedule

  • For a total of 135 attendees: 120 students, instructors, keynote speaker, organizers, other academics

  • June 1: Evening Reception 6-8pm

  • June 2 and 3: 4.5h instruction; 2h student presentations

  • June 4: 3h instruction, 1h panel, 2.5h student presentations, evening banquet

  • June 5: 1h keynote; 5.5h student presentations

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2008 Schedule

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2008 Budget

  • The lectures and presentations will

    be held in Penn State classrooms.

  • Classrooms: free of charge.

  • Breaks: in the vicinity of classrooms.

  • Reception, Banquet: at the campus hotel (NLI)

  • We have made every effort to keep the misc expenses as well as food/breaks break costs down.

  • The numbers we currently have are given in the next page in detail.

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2008 Budget (min total: $35800)

  • Banquet dinner $ 5700

  • Reception $ 2800

  • Lunches total: $ 7000

  • Breaks total: $ 7000

  • Breakfasts total: $ 4300

  • Food total $26800

  • Other (easels,poster boards,

  • badges, registration packets) $ 2300

  • Multimedia (pics etc)

    and contingency $3000

  • Instructor travel support $2700

  • Not including student travel grants.


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Funding Status for 2008 so far

  • Society: 10k commitment (Sept 07)

  • Penn State Networking and Security Research Center (CSE) 3k

  • Princeton University EE: 3k

  • Penn State EE: 3k

  • DARPA: 10k (incoming)

  • NSF: Proposal in submission stage (likely will result in10k travel support)

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Funding Status for 2008 summary

  • 32k+ in non-travel support expenses

  • 29k committed to general expenses

  • Likely 10k from NSF but likely for travel grants only.

  • We request an additional $10k from the society to cover the expenses properly and provide travel grants.

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  • We dedicate the First School of Information Theory to our late colleague Sergio Servetto.

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