Akademie Colloquium June 17-19, 1998 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Information Theory: The First 50 Years and Beyond

General The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) supports three scientific colloquia per annum. In June 1998 one of the colloquia is dedicated to the past and future of Information Theory. The colloquium, entitled 'Information Theory: The first 50 years and beyond' will be held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Claude E. Shannon's landmark paper, which is generally regarded as the beginning of Information Theory. Claude Shannon has been a foreign member of the KNAW since 1975, which is an excellent reason for commemorating this event in Amsterdam.

Preliminary Colloquium committee:

K.A. Schouhamer Immink Philips Research Labs, 5656 AA Eindhoven, The Netherlands tel. +31 40274 2221, fax. +31 40274 4257 Email: immink@natlab.research.philips.com

S. Verd\'u Princeton University, Dept. EE, Princeton, New Jersey 08544, USA tel. +1 609 258 5315, fax. +1 609 258 3745 Email: verdu@princeton.edu

Conference Secretariat -- Mrs. M. Giribaldie-Kooy Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, PBox 19121, 1000 GC Amsterdam, Nederland Tel: +31 20-5510747 - Fax: +31 20-6204941 Email: manita.kooy@bureau.knaw.nl

Duration: The duration of the colloquium is 2 1/2 day, starting on Wed. June 17, 1998. Note that the IEEE IT Workshop in Killarney, Ireland, will be held during the next week, June 22-26, 1998.

Venue: The colloquium will be held at the Royal Academy's domicile, the Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, which is situated in the center of Amsterdam. Hotel "De Doelen", a few minutes walk from the Akademie, will serve as the conference hotel. The address is: Nw Doelenstraat 24, 1012 CP Amsterdam, tel +31 20 622 0722, fax +31 20 622 1084.

Preliminary Program: The aim of the colloquium is unlike that of a regular workshop or conference. During the colloquium, key researchers will describe the state of the art and try to formulate new directions of research. The aim is to do more than brainstorm about the future. If we do a good job, we will change the future of communications.

The core of the colloquium is formed by 15 selected speakers, mainly working outside The Netherlands. The other participants, approximately 35 scientists from The Netherlands and abroad, will be selected on the basis of their scientific reputation. The maximum number of participants is 50. The following speakers will present their view:

Robert Calderbank, AT&T Labs Research, USA "The Future of Wireless Communications"

Imre Csiszar, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary

Ingrid Daubechies, Princeton University, USA "From Nonlinear Approximation Theory to Rate-Distortion Bounds"

G. David Forney Jr., Motorola, Mansfield, USA "On Euclidean-Space Coding"

Joachim Hagenauer, TU Munich, Germany "Approaching Shannon's Limit"

Te Sun Han, University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo "From the Method of Types Toward Information-Spectrum Methods"

Shu Lin, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA "Soft-Decision Decoding of Binary Linear Codes"

Jack van Lint, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands

James Massey, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland "Cryptography - A Theoretical Mess"

Shlomo Shamai (Shitz), Haifa, Technion, Israel "Information Theoretic Perspective of Fading Channels"

Gottfried Ungerboeck, IBM Research, Zurich, Switzerland "Historical Notes on Euclidean Distance"

Sergio Verd\'u, Princeton University, USA "Channel Capacity: Open Problems"

Victor Wei, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China "Decoding Algebraic Geometry Codes"

Frans Willems, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands "Weighting and Maximizing Methods in Noiseless Source Coding"

Jacob Ziv, Technion, Haifa, Israel

The colloquium proceedings will be published by the Royal Academy in a series of publications.

About the Royal Academy: By royal decree of May 4, 1808, King Louis Napoleon founded the Royal Institute of Sciences, Letters, and Arts. The name of the Institute was changed in 1851 into Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, which covers the entire field of learning. The Academy is an autonomous body, whose objects and purposes are: advisory body of the Dutch government in all fields of science, peer review, science promotion, and management of institutes for fundamental research. The Academy comprises two divisions: a Science division and a Humanities and Social Sciences division. The divisions consist of a limited number of members: the science divisions holds 110 regular members, and the Humanities and Social Sciences division holds 90 regular members. Since 1812, the Academy has its domicile at the Trippenhuis, Amsterdam. The house, built in 1660, is named after the Trip brothers, who made a respectable living as arms merchants of the peace (Ex Bello Pax). The Trippenhuis, a marvelous example of Dutch classicism, served in the period 1817-1885 as a museum exhibiting, among others, Rembrandt's renowned painting the Night Watch.