IEEE Information Theory Workshop

Killarney, Ireland 22--26 June, 1998

The 1998 IEEE Information Theory Workshop, June 22-26, 1998, will be held in the Great Southern Hotel and Conference Centre, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

In addition to the invited sessions listed below, we are planning to for contributed papers to play a significant role in this workshop.

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Co-Chairs:

Pat Fitzpatrick, University College Cork

Sean Coffey, University of Michigan

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Sessions and Session Chairs:

Algebraic Geometry Codes: Tom H{\o}holdt Technical University of Denmark

Coded Modulation: Chris Heegard Cornell University

Coding Theory: Pascale Charpin INRIA - Rocquencourt

Cryptography: Jim Massey ETH Zurich

Decoding: Paddy Farrell University of Manchester

Networks: Tony Ephremides University of Maryland

Shannon Theory: Sergio Verdú and Shlomo Shamai (Shitz) Princeton University The Technion

Source Coding: Dave Neuhoff and Frans Willems University of Michigan Eindhoven University of Technology

Contributed session: Pat Fitzpatrick and Sean Coffey University College Cork University of Michigan

Contributed papers:

Authors wishing to contribute papers are invited to submit a hard copy to either organizer before January 31, 1998, indicating the time required for presentation. Preference will be given to presentations of up to 20 minutes, although some longer papers may be accommodated. Alternatively, authors may wish to contact one of the session chairs directly.

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Email us at:

Sean Coffey: scoffey@eecs.umich.edu

Pat Fitzpatrick: fitzpat@ucc.ie

For further information visit our Website:

http://www.eecs.umich.edu/~scoffey/itw98.html

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About the area:

The Great Southern Hotel is located in one of Ireland's most scenic areas which is very popular with tourists. We encourage participants to register with the hotel as early as possible. A range of reasonably priced hotel and guesthouse accommodation is available near the conference. Details will be posted on our Website in the near future and again we encourage early booking. A companions' program for the week of the conference will be arranged and our Conference Organizers will assist those who wish to extend their stay in Ireland. For further information participants may contact Noel Mitchell at Incentive Conference Ireland, 1 Pembroke Place, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Tel. +353-1-6671711, Email: "noel@incentive-conf.ie".

Ireland has recently become one of the leading locations for foreign high-tech investment. Many large corporations are choosing Ireland as their springboard into Europe.

Ireland is one of the most attractive locations for investment by electronics companies because of its sub-supply base, excellent skills and low operating costs. Since 1980, 40% of all US new inward investment in European electronics has come to Ireland.

Over 300 companies are engaged in the development, marketing and manufacture of a wide range of leading edge products, in a diversity of sectors, from wafer design and fabrication, systems, components and peripherals to communications, networks and software.

They play a major role in Ireland's economy. Almost a third of the PCs sold in Europe come from companies based in Ireland. Exports of electronics products account for a third of Ireland's total exports.

Many electronics companies are increasingly engaged in complementary activities, such as software development, technical support and customer care. Companies such as IBM, Fujitsu, Motorola, DEC, Hewlett-Packard, and Intel have seized the opportunity afforded by the availability in Ireland of highly skilled computer science and engineering graduates.

The National Microelectronics Research Centre (http://www.nmrc.ie/), which is affiliated to University College Cork (http://www.ucc.ie/), serves the international semiconductor industry in key areas such as IC design, R&D, and testing.

Further information and a range of weblinks can be found on the Irish Industrial Development Authority website "http://www.ida.ie/".