DigiCosme Spring School 2014

2014 Spring School will take place from may 12th to 16th, on the Supélec campus of Gif which is located on the Plateau de Saclay, France (around about 25 km in the south of Paris). This year, the school will focus on mathematical tools for data storage and coding in networks, in relation with Labex’action line ComEx. Five speakers from all over the world will present various aspects of this theme, including security, game theory, network coding, distributed storage and distributed computing in wireless networks.

Participants are expected to hold a master’s degree in Computer Science (or equivalent).
Booklet Spring School 2014

Schedule, Courses and Lecturers

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Monday 12Tuesday 13Wednesday 14Thursday 15Friday 16
09:00-10:30Lecture 2Lecture 4Lecture 5Lecture 7
11:00-12:30Lecture 2Lecture 4Lecture 5Lecture 7
14:30-16:00Lecture 1Lecture 3Lecture 6
16:00-16:30breakbreakSocial eventbreak
16:30-18:00Lecture 1Lecture 3Lecture 6


Samson Lasaulce is a CNRS Director of Research in the Laboratory of Signals and Systems (joint lab between CNRS, Supélec, and Univ. Paris Sud). He is also a Professor in the Department of Physics at Ecole Polytechnique. Before joining CNRS he has working for five years in private R&D companies (Motorola Labs and Orange Labgs). Dr. Lasaulce is the recipient of several best paper awards. Dr. Lasaulce is serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. His current research interests lie in distributed networks with a focus on game theory, network information theory, learning, distributed optimization, network control for communication and energy networks. He is a co-author of the book « Game Theory and Learning for Wireless Networks: Fundamentals and Applications ».
Subject of the lecture : Game Theory and Distributed Communication Networks
Date and Time : Monday, May 12th, 2014 – 14.30 to 18
Material : LECTURE 01: Game Theory And Distributed Communication Networks

Muriel Médard is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and the Research Laboratory for Electronics at MIT. She has served as editor for many IEEE publications and she is currently Editor in Chief of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications She serves on the board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society, for which she was President in 2012. She has served as TPC co-chair of ISIT, WiOpt, CONEXT, and Netcod, and co-chair of ISIT and Netcod. Her research interests are in the areas of network coding and reliable communications, particularly for optical and wireless networks. She was awarded the 2009 Communication Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the 2009 William R. Bennett Prize in the Field of Communications Networking, the 2002 IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Prize Paper Award and several conference paper awards. She was co-winner of the MIT 2004 Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award”. In 2007 she was named a Gilbreth Lecturer by the National Academy of Engineering. She received the 2013 MIT Graduate Student Council EECS Mentor Award.
Subject of the lecture : An Introduction to Network Coding – algebraic foundations and some applications
Date and Time : Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 – 09 am to 12.30 and 14.30 to 18

Material : LECTURES 02 & 03 : Network Coding – A Rapid Tutorial

Frédérique Oggier is currently with the Division of Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She received her Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), CH. She has been a visiting researcher at the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, USA) for 2 years, and at the Research Center for Information Security (Tokyo, Japan) for a year. Her research interests include applications of algebra and number theory to coding and security.
Subject of the lecture : An introduction to coding for networked distributed storage systems
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 – 09 am to 12.30
Material : LECTURE 04 : Coding For Networked Distributed Storage Systems

Matthieu Bloch received the Engineering degree from Supélec, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 2003, the Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science from the Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France, in 2006, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. In 2008-2009, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, USA. Since July 2009, Dr. Bloch has been on the faculty of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is currently an Assistant Professor. His research interests are in the areas of information theory, error-control coding, wireless communications, and cryptography. Dr. Bloch is a member of the IEEE and has served on the organizing committee of several international conferences; he is the current chair of the Online Committee of the IEEE Information Theory Society. He is the co-recipient of the IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Information Theory Society 2011 Joint Paper Award and the co-author of the textbook Physical-Layer Security: From Information Theory to Security Engineering published by Cambridge University Press.
Subject of the lecture : Securing networks at the physical-layer
Date and Time: Thursday, May 15th, 2014 – 09 am to 12.30 and 14.30 to 18
Material :

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LECTURES 05 & 06 : Physical Layer Security, Part 1
LECTURES 05 & 06 : Physical Layer Security, Part 2
LECTURES 05 & 06 : Physical Layer Security, Part 3
LECTURES 05 & 06 : Physical Layer Security, Part 4

Michael Gastpar is a Professor at EPFL and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He was an Assistant Professor 2003-2008 and a tenured Associate Professor 2008-2011 at the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a faculty position at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, and he spent time as a researcher at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ. He received his Dipl. El.-Ing. in 1997 from ETH Zurich, his MS in 1999 from UIUC, and his Dr. es sc. in 2002 from Ecole Polytechnique Federale, Lausanne, Switzerland. His research interests are in network information theory and related coding and signal processing techniques, with applications to sensor networks and neuroscience. He won the 2002 EPFL Best Thesis Award, an NSF CAREER award in 2004, an Okawa Foundation Research Grant in 2008, and an ERC Starting Grant in 2010. He is the co-recipient of the 2013 Communications Society & Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award. He was an Information Theory Society Distinguished Lecturer (2009-2011). He has served as an Associate Editor for Shannon Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (2008-11), and as Technical Program Committee Co-Chair for the 2010 International Symposium on Information Theory, Austin, TX.
Subject of the lecture: Distributed Computation in Networks
Date and Time: Friday, May 16th, 2014 – 09 am to 12.30
Material :
LECTURE 07 : Distributed Computation In Networks, Part I Compute And Forward
LECTURE 07 : Distributed Computation In Networks, Part II Function Computation In Networks


Jean-Claude Belfiore, Telecom ParisTech, France
Mérouane Debbah, Supélec, France
Ejder Baştuğ, Supélec, France
Isabelle Glas, Labex DigiCosme, France
Contact :contact@digicosme.fr

Application, Registration

The registration to the school is free. It includes the lectures, daily coffee breaks and lunches, and social events. Costs for travel must be supported by participants. A limited number of student rooms are available at the campus (application before March 1st). Costs for accomodation must be supported by participants, except for members of DigiCosme.