UB Theory Weekly – Week 27

Hi all,

The 27th Theory Weekly Meeting will happen this Friday (i.e tomorrow) between 4:00 – 5:00 pm at 203 Davis Hall (Theory Lab). I will give the following talk:

Coding Theory in the Era of Distributed Storage Systems
The problem of designing error-correcting codes for Distributed Storage Systems has received a lot of attention lately. The focus of this talk will be two broad topics that cover a good subset of the literature in this area:
1. Codes with Local Repair Property: I will start with the idea of ‘Locality’ and talk about the progress in this area with recent results by Gopalan et al.
2. Codes with Exact Repair Property: I will start by motivating the idea of ‘Exact Repair’ followed by describing recent results in this area by Ye-Barg and Guruswami et al.
I will also present simple constructions in both the regimes. The first few minutes of the talk will be an introduction to Coding Theory in general.

UB Theory Weekly – Week 23

Hi all,

The 23rd Theory Weekly Meeting will happen this Friday between 2:00 – 3:00 pm at 203 Davis Hall (Theory Lab). The schedule will be as follows :

2:00 – 2:50 pm – A talk by Michael Langberg. The abstract in her words:

Can one bit of added communication significantly change the amount for information one can communicate over a noisy network?  In this talk I will introduce and discuss this question. Hopefully, I will be able to show the (surprising?) results of a recent work on the topic.

UB Theory Weekly – Week 14

Hi all,

The 14th Theory Weekly Meeting will happen this Friday between 4:00 – 5:00 pm at 203 Davis Hall(Theory Lab). The schedule will be as follows :

4:00 – 4:50 pm – A talk by Sidharth Jaggi.

4:50 – 5:00 pm  – Socializing with the Theory community. 

Speaker Bio: Dr. Sidharth Jaggi received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in 2000, and his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from the California institute of Technology in 2001 and 2006 respectively, all in electrical engineering. He was awarded the Caltech Division of Engineering Fellowship 2001-’02, and the Microsoft Research Fellowship for the years 2002-’04. He interned at Microsoft Research, (Redmond, WA, USA) in the summers of 2002-’03 and engaged in research on network coding. He spent 2006 as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Laboratory of Information and Decision Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the Department of Information Engineering, the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2007. Sidharth’s research interests are in the realm of network coding and network error-correcting algorithms, coding theory, steganography, group testing and compressive sensing.