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Vardy Plenary Lecture, ISIT 2006

What's New and Exciting in Algebraic and Combinatorial Coding Theory?

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Alexander Vardy
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
University of California San Diego


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Note: The original video feed for this lecture is spotty in minutes 3-6, immediately following the introduction of the speaker. The remainder of the video, and all of the audio, is intact.


We will survey the field of algebraic and combinatorial coding theory, in an attempt to answer the question in the title. In particular, we shall revisit classical problems that are yet unsolved, review promising advances in the past decade, elaborate upon recent connections to other areas, and speculate what may lie ahead for the field.
(Tuesday, July 11)


Alexander Vardy is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, the Department of Computer Science, and the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, San Diego. He has over 150 publications and numerous patents, most of them in the general area of coding theory and practice. He received the Rothschild Fellowship in 1992, the IBM Invention Achievement Award in 1993, the Xerox Award for faculty research in 1996, the IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award (jointly with Ralf Koetter) in 2004, the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science in 2005, and the Fulbright Fellowship in 2006. He is a Packard Foundation Fellow and a Fellow of the IEEE. During 1995-2001, he was an Associate Editor for Coding Theory, and then the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He currently serves on the editorial board of the SIAM Journal on Discrete Math and on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society.