Infosys Science Foundation hosts Public Lecture on the Mathematical Theory of Communication

Nidhi Bahl updated on : 20 Jul 2015

The Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) in association with the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay) organizes a lecture on 'Reliable Meaningful Communication'

Infosys Science Foundation, IIT Bombay

The Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) in association with the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) organized a public lecture by the Infosys Prize laureate, Prof. Madhu Sudan, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research New England, and Adjunct Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT, Cambridge, USA.

The lecture on “Reliable Meaningful Communication” was delivered at FC Kohli Auditorium, Computer Science and Engineering Department at IITB. Nearly 150 educationists and students attended the lecture.

The lecture which commenced with a brief introduction to the history of the mathematical theory of communication, focused on giving an in-depth description of Prof. Sudan’s work on efficient algorithms that can deal with large amounts of error, and on communication when sender and receiver are uncertain about each other's context.

Part of the Infosys Science Foundation Lectures, the talk aimed at encouraging students in the country to pursue Math at advanced levels and bring back the romance in this field of study. Prof. Sudan has been a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New England since 2009. He has made significant contributions to theoretical computer science in areas such as probabilistically checkable proofs, non-approximability of optimization problems, list decoding, and error correcting codes.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Shibulal S.D., President, Infosys Science Foundation said, "In our efforts to nurture a culture of science and research in the country, we commenced the Infosys Science Foundation Lecture series in 2011. In its fourth year, we continue to establish multilateral conversations with a wider audience about science in India to inform them about different fields of scientific research and studies, and to inspire them to take up research as a career.”

Prof. Sudan’s current research interests lie in the interface of Computation and Communication, particularly in the role of errors in this interface. During his distinguished career, he has won various awards, including the ACM Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation (1993), the Godel Prize (2001), and the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize (2002). He is a fellow of ACM and the American Mathematical Society.


About the Infosys Science Foundation

The Infosys Prize is awarded under the aegis of the Infosys Science Foundation, a not-for-profit trust instituted in February 2009. The Infosys Science Foundation is funded by a corpus which today stands at over INR 120 Crore, contributed by the trustees and Infosys.

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