North American School of Information Theory Coming to Purdue Summer 2013

May,  2013


Purdue will host the 2013 North American School of Information Theory summer school, June 4-7, 2013. Signs for the summer school have been posted on bulletin boards throughout HAAS and MATH this spring. At least 126 participants are already enrolled and will take part in the summer school, a faculty workshop (see below) scheduled to coincide with the summer school, or both.

There will be surveys and tutorials ranging from information theory approaches for both large and wireless networks to bioinformatics and quantum computing. There will also be daily poster sessions, professional development, and extra-curricular events offered. The registration is free for Purdue students.

A second event, a 2-day faculty workshop, will be offered on the evenings of June 5 and 6. The interdisciplinary topic is "Science of Information." This workshop is aligned with a $25 million NSF initiative: The Center for Science of Information, and with an NSF TUES award to specifically support the workshop. The organizers will share materials from courses they have taught in Science of Information. Attending faculty will likewise share their own course experiences. As a key outcome, faculty will be prepared to teach their own Science of Information courses spanning the computational and mathematical sciences, biology, engineering, physics, and beyond.

The 2-day workshop is especially well-suited for junior faculty and/or post-docs who are interested in discussing and learning about teaching courses in the emerging Science of Information field. There is no charge for Purdue faculty to attend.

Mark Daniel Ward (Assistant Professor of Statistics, Associate Director of Actuarial Science, and Undergraduate Chair) and Deepak Kumar (Bryn Mawr College, Center for Science of Information) will be leading the workshop, sharing lessons learned and course materials developed from their respective Introduction to Science of Information courses. Check for updates and register for the workshop at:

Please contact the organizers with any questions:

May 2013