Sergio verdúSergio Verdú

A native of Barcelona, Sergio Verdú received the Telecommunications Engineering degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona in 1980, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1984. Since 1984 he has been a member of the faculty of Princeton University, where he is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Sergio Verdú is  the recipient of the 2007 Claude E. Shannon Award and the 2008 IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering of the United States and was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Universitat  Politècnica de Catalunya in 2005.

He is a recipient of several paper awards from the IEEE: the 1992 Donald Fink Paper Award, the 1998 Information Theory Outstanding Paper Award, an Information Theory Golden Jubilee Paper Award, the 2002 Leonard Abraham Prize Award,  the 2006 Joint Communications/Information Theory Paper Award, and the 2009 Stephen O. Rice Prize from IEEE Communications Society. He has also received paper awards from the Japanese Telecommunications Advancement Foundation and from Eurasip. In 1998, Cambridge University Press published his book "Multiuser Detection," for which he received the 2000 Frederick E. Terman Award from the American Society for Engineering Education.

Sergio Verdú served as President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 1997. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Foundations and Trends in Communications and Information Theory.


What is Information Theory?

This talk will address the history of Claude Shannon's theory on the fundamental limits of data compression and data transmission through noisy channels.  We will review the impact of information theory on the design of various information technologies, as well as its impact on other fields. We will also discuss the evolving perception of information theory since its inception in 1948 among the wider scientific community.

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