Facets of Coding Theory: from Algorithms to Networks,  "Koetterfest"



The Workshop on "Facets of Coding Theory: from Algorithms to Networks", also known as "Koetterfest" will take place from Sunday, September 26 through Tuesday, September 28th at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello Illinois.  A tentative schedule for the event is now available. 

Registration for Koetterfest is now online at the papercept website and also available through co-registration with the Allerton Conference on Communication, Control and Computing.  Currently the registration fee is set to $100 including meals and breaks during the workshop.  Lodging at the Allerton Conference Center is also available through the registration link. In order to ensure that we have a quality workshop, attendence will be restricted to registered guests.

Thanks to the generous sponsorshop of this workshop by the National Science Foundation, the Coordinated Science Laboratory and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at The Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, we may be able to refund the registration fee to all participants.  More information regarding this possibility will be announced at the workshop.  Much of Ralf Koetter's research was funded by generous support of the National Science Foundation over the years during which he was a faculty member at Illinois.  Ralf was truly grateful for the interest and support that the NSF had in his work over the years.  It is only fitting and indeed an honor that the National Science Foundation continues to support the work of Ralf Koetter through this workshop.  While at Illinois, Ralf was a member of the research faculty of the Coordinated Science Laboratory and a faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and their sponsorship of this event similarly reflects the high regard with which Ralf's contributions to teaching, research, and scholarship are held.

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Tentative Schedule for the Workshop is available here.

Any questions or concerns regarding the workshop, including any special dietary requests, should be addressed to Andrew Singer .

A special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, envisioned as a tribute to the scientific legacy of Ralf Koetter, will be published in early 2011. The scope of the special issue encompasses all aspects of coding theory (algebraic and probabilistic), network coding, turbo equalization, as well as other topics in networks and signal processing. Ralf Koetter worked in all these areas and forged numerous groundbreaking connections among them. Further exploring these exciting connections is one of the goals of this special issue.  Another goal is to highlight the many new facets of coding theory that emerged during the past decade, largely owing to the contributions of Ralf Koetter.

Original research papers, as well as expository and survey papers, are sought, both invited and contributed. Papers submitted to this special issue should relate in some way to the work of Ralf Koetter.
Sample topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

    * Algebraic theory of network coding and its applications
   * Analysis of iterative algorithms in graphical models
   * Codes on graphs: realization complexity and constructions
   * Efficient decoding (especially list-decoding) of algebraic codes
   * Error-correction in networks, both coherent and non-coherent
   * Turbo equalization and related topics in signal processing

The deadline for submission of manuscripts is April 15, 2010, and early submission is encouraged. All submissions will undergo a rigorous peer review, handled by one of the Guest Editors.

 Questions regarding the special issue should be directed to Alexander Vardy at <avardy@ucsd.edu>. Questions regarding the Workshop should be directed to Andrew Singerr begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting at <acsinger@illinois.edu>.


Prospective authors should submit their papers electronically at http://pareja.itsoc.org/initial_submission, and adhere to the regular guidelines of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, with the following exceptions. In the field labeled "Editorial Area or Special Issue," please select this special issue. All the papers will be deemed submitted BOTH for publication in the special issue AND for presentation at the Workshop, unless clearly indicated otherwise in the field labeled "Message to Editor-in-Chief." Authors may also indicate in the same field their preference for a Guest Editor to handle the submission.



  • Manuscript submission deadline: April 15, 2010
  • Notification of acceptance: August 31, 2010
  • Final manuscripts due:  September 28, 2010
  • Tentative publication date: February 2011
  • Michelle Effros, California Institute of Technology
  • G. David Forney, Jr., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Frank R. Kschischang, University of Toronto
  • Muriel M├Ędard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Andrew C. Singer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Alexander Vardy, University of California San Diego
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