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Title, Abstract, and Biography

Title: "Informationtheoretic Aspects of Relay Communication"


Abstract

We will give an overview of the most significant results in the development of the Shannon-theoretic formulation of relay communication, starting with the introduction of the relay channel model in 1968. We will present several cooperative relay strategies, provide examples, and describe the basic decode-and forward scheme due to Cover and El Gamal (1979). Simple expressions will be shown to exist for the capacity of the deterministic, semi-deterministic, degraded, and orthogonal relay channels. The Gaussian relay channel will be discussed as well. We conclude with the relatively new topic of the relay channel without delay and present some recent results. One is an example of a relay channel where the capacity without delay exceeds that of the one with delay (based on joint work with Vanroose); another is the fact that Shannon strategies prove to be a good alternative to auxiliary random variables for deriving capacity formula's for relay channels without delay (based on joint work with Willems).


Biography

Edward C. van der Meulen was born in the Netherlands. He received the M.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Leiden in 1962, and the Ph.D. degree in statistics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1968. From 1968 to 1975, he served on the faculty of the Department of Statistics at the University of Rochester, USA. During the academic year 1972-1973 he was on leave at the Mathematical Center in Amsterdam. From September 1975 to September 2002 he was a Professor of Mathematics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Since October 2002, he has been Professor Emeritus at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In 1985, he spent one month at South China Institute of Technology, Guangzhou, in the framework of the Chinese University Development Project, teaching a course on information theory. During 1975-2003, he was for short periods of time a visiting professor or visiting scientist at Stanford University, Ohio State University, Syracuse University, Technical University Budapest, and the Institute of Information Theory and Automation in Prague. His main research interests are multi-user information theory and information-theoretic statistical inference. Since retirement he continues to remain scientifically active. In April 2009 he is teaching a course on multi-user information theory at the Peter Paszmany Catholic University in Budapest. Edward van der Meulen is a Life Fellow of IEEE. He is also a member of IMS and ISI. The American Journal of Mathematical and Management Sciences awarded him the 1997 Jacob Wolfowitz Prize for a joint paper with L.Gyorfi and I.Vajda. In 1998, the Czech Academy of Sciences awarded him the B. Bolzano Honorary Medal for Merit in the Mathematical Sciences for his contribution to the development of information theory and mathematical statistics. In 1983, he organized the Fourth Symposium and in 1999 he co-organized the Twentieth Symposium on Information Theory in the Benelux. From 1990 to 2006, he served as Chairman of the Information Theory Chapter in the Benelux Section of IEEE. In 1993, he received the Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary.



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