17 - 21 Oct, 2021
Virtually from Kanazawa, Japan


The 2021 IEEE Information Theory Workshop (ITW2021) will be held as a virtual event.

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2021 IEEE Information Theory Workshop

ITW2021 is venue for dissemination of top-quality research in information theory. The workshop features 4 plenary talks and 4 invited sessions on focused topics within information theory.  We have 4 tutorials and approximately 120 contributed presentations.  Originally planned to be held in Kanazawa, Japan, the format has changed to a virtual event due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Plenary Speakers

We are excited to welcome plenary presentations by four distinguished speakers on emerging topics of information theory, including finite-blocklength information theory, communications with model-based learning, and information-theoretic security.

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Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
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Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
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Sharif University of Technology, Iran
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University of Electro-Communications

Workshop Schedule

Day 01 17 Oct, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:50 pm (JST)
Tutorial: Code-Based Cryptography

Currently-used public-key cryptosystems based on number-theoretic problems are threatened by the possibility that large-scale quantum computers will be built in the near future; Shor’s algorithm is

6:00 pm - 8:50 pm (JST)
Tutorial: Design and Decoding of Polar Codes with Large Kernels

Polar codes with large kernels were recently shown to asymptotically achieve optimal scaling exponent.  However, these codes were believed to be impractical due to lack of efficient decoding algori

Day 02 18 Oct, 2021
8:00 pm - 8:50 pm (JST)
Plenary: Coding for Distributed Information Systems: Adversarial Sources and Approximated Decoding

Coding is known as an effective approach to deal with some of the major challenges in distributed information systems in terms of security of the network, privacy of the data, and efficiency of the

11:30 pm - 12:10 am (JST)
Machine Learning

One of the four invited sessions at ITW2021, this session has five presentations on machine learning for communications and related areas.

Day 03 19 Oct, 2021
8:00 pm - 8:50 pm (JST)
Plenary: Communication and Sensing: From Compressed Sampling to Model-based Deep Learning

The famous Shannon-Nyquist theorem has become a landmark in analog to digital conversion and the development of digital signal processing algorithms.

11:30 pm - 12:10 am (JST)
Codes for Distributed Computing

One of the four invited sessions at ITW2021, this session has five presentations on coding for distributed computing.

Day 04 20 Oct, 2021
8:00 pm - 8:50 pm (JST)
Plenary: Some Topics on Information Theoretic Security

In this plenary talk we present our previous works on information theoretic security consisting of three miscellaneous topics.

11:40 pm - 12:20 am (JST)
Information-Theoretic Security

One of the four invited sessions at ITW2021, this session has five presentations on information-theoretic security.

Day 05 21 Oct, 2021
8:00 pm - 8:50 pm (JST)
Plenary: Short Packets over Wireless Fading Networks

To support the Internet-of-Things vision of enabling distributed autonomous systems operating in real time, we need a new wireless infrastructure, able to provide highly reliable and low-latency co

11:20 pm - 12:08 am (JST)
Low Latency

One of the four invited sessions at ITW2021, this session has six presentations on low-latency coding and related areas.

Welcome Message from the Co-Chairs

The general co-chairs give a message welcoming participants to ITW2021.

Tutorials at ITW2021

ITW2021 will feature four great tutorials on Sunday, October 17 providing clear and focused teaching material on new and emerging topics on information theory.  

Code-Based Cryptography
by Sven Puchinger and Antonia Wachter-Zeh

Design and Decoding of Polar Codes with Large Kernels
by Peter Trifonov and Grigorii Trofimiuk

Private Computation with Applications to Machine Learning
by Anoosheh Heidarzadeh and Alex Sprintson

Modeling and Optimization of Latency in Erasure-Coded Storage Systems
by Vaneet Aggarwal, Tian Lan and Parimal Parag

See the tutorial schedule for Sunday, October 17.