Time+Place: Wednesday 23/12/2015 14:30 Room 337-8 Taub Bld.
Title: Interactive Information Theory
Speaker: Gillat Kol - CS-Lecture - Note unusual day http://www.math.ias.edu/~gkol/
Affiliation: Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Princeton
Host: Eli Ben-Sasson


In a profoundly influential 1948 paper, Claude Shannon introduced 
information theory and used it to study one-way data transmission 
problems over different channels, both noisy and noiseless. That paper 
initiated the study of error correcting codes and data compression, two 
concepts that are especially relevant today with the rise of the 
internet and data-intensive applications.

In the last decades, interactive communication protocols are used and 
studied extensively, raising the fundamental question: To what extent 
can Shannon's results be generalized to the interactive setting, where 
parties engage in an interactive communication protocol? In this talk we 
will focus on the interactive analog of data compression in an attempt 
to answer the above question.

Short Bio:

I am a postdoc fellow in the theoretical computer science group at the 
Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Princeton. My research is in 
complexity theory. I am currently very interested in application of 
information theory to theoretical computer science, especially to 
communication complexity. Prior to joining the IAS, I completed a short 
postdoc at the Technion, received a Ph.d. and M.Sc. from the Weizmann 
Institute, and a B.A. from the Open University of Israel.