Mathematics of Communications: Sequences, Codes and Designs (15w5139)


(University of Wisconsin-Madison)

(Simon Fraser University)

Dieter Jungnickel (Universität Augsburg)

(Michigan Technological University)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Mathematics of Communications: Sequences, Codes and Designs" workshop from January 25th to January 30th, 2015.

Modern society depends crucially on the ability to store and transmit large amounts of digital information at high speed. Satellite communication, movies on demand, portable music players, flash drives, and cellphones all rely on the mathematical theory of coding to ensure that the original images, speech, music, or data can be recovered perfectly even if mistakes are introduced during storage or transmission. This workshop will bring together two communities of experts whose research allows existing communications technologies to be improved and new ones to be developed: engineers who understand the practical aspects, and mathematicians who focus on the theoretical aspects. The workshop will encourage new collaborations between these communities, and identify new research directions.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).