http://www.itsoc.org/news-events/recent-news/postdoctoral-fellowships-in-information-theory-and-interactive-communications-at-tel-aviv-university-israel-1

# Author Archives: Sergio Verdu

# Tom Kailath awarded the National Medal of Science

President Obama announced today that Tom Kailath is a recipient of the National Medal of Science:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/03/president-obama-honors-nation-s-top-scientists-and-innovators

Tom becomes the 4th Shannon award winner to receive the NMS:

(Claude Shannon-1966 from LBJ)

(Andy Viterbi-2007 from GWB)

(Sol Golomb-2011 from BHO)

# Claude Shannon and a new theory of everything (Scientific American)

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-meta-law-to-rule-them-all-physicists-devise-a-theory-of-everything/

# “Let’s own Data Science”, by Bin Yu, President of IMS

http://www.stat.berkeley.edu/~binyu/ps/papers2014/IMS-pres-address14-yu.pdf

# Institute of Mathematical Statistics

IMS provides a premier human network of global nature. IMS runs premier journals such as the Annals of Statistics, the Annals of Probability, the Annals of Applied Statistics and the Annals of Applied Probability. IMS also gives prestigious awards and runs or jointly runs major statistical conferences such as Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) and World Congress of Probability and Statistics.

IMS membership is free for students, and reduced rates for new graduates and for people with permanent residence in a number of countries designated by the IMS Council (http://imstat.org/membership/designated_countries.htm).

# Videos of Shannon Lectures and plenaries at ISITs since 2007

http://media.itsoc.org/isit.html

# Video of James L. Massey memorial session at ISIT 2013

# HBO Series: Silicon Valley

THE REALITY OF SILICON VALLEY [POPULAR SCIENCE, May 2014]

When Mike Judge, creator of Office Space and Beavis and Butt-head, set out to write his HBO comedy series, Silicon Valley, about Bay Area coders, he wanted to conceive a simple, believable widget for his characters to invent. So he teamed with Stanford electrical engineering professor Tsachy Weissman

and Ph.D. student Vinith Misra; they came up with a superfast compression algorithm.

Data compression makes files—text, music, movies— smaller and more transmissible. The best algorithms are fast but don’t harm fidelity. For the show, Weissman and Misra devised a fictional algorithm that excels at just that. The writers coined a metric, the “Weissman Score,” for characters to use when comparing compression codes.

Researchers are always refining compression. Last year, for instance, UCLA unveiled a way to save images more efficiently than JPEGs do. So something like what’s in Silicon Valley, which is more than two times faster than current models, is possible. “New, effective ways of compression are out there,” says Weissman. ADAM HADHAZ

# IEEE North American Summer School of Information Theory

The 2014 IEEE North American Summer School of Information Theory will take place June 18-21, 2014 at the Fields Institute in Toronto, Canada. Applications are now open

https://www.fields.utoronto.ca/programs/scientific/13-14/infotheory/

# Claude Shannon’s collected works, volume II

Volume I was published in 1993 edited by Neil Sloane and Aaron Wyner.

Volume II (consisting of unpublished miscellaneous manuscripts) has just been made available by Neil Sloane.

Thanks to Matthieu Bloch, the various manuscripts can be individually accessed from

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hqbglxnh0g1ikfp/BMUSRjAZNF