Seminar on “A Unified View Of Iterative (“TURBO”) Receivers And Decoders”

IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Seminar on “A Unified View Of Iterative (“TURBO”) Receivers And Decoders” by Prof. Ezio Biglieri, Fellow of the IEEE, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.


Details of the Talk

Prof. Ezio Biglieri,
Fellow of the IEEE, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

17 March 2006 (Friday)

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Light Refreshment starts at 4:45 p.m.)

CYC B, Chow Yei Ching Bldg, The University of Hong Kong

A unified view of iterative receivers and decoders can be obtained by using “factor graphs.” These provide an exceedingly versatile tool: they allow one to model and design iterative receivers, to categorize in a simple and natural way the approximations simplifying them, and .to investigate their convergence properties.

Originally developed for decoding turbo codes, it was recognized that factor graphs are a natural setting for the description of a number of general iterative techniques for detecting coded signals transmitted on a variety of channels. In addition, they provide a unified framework allowing one to understand the connections among seemingly different detection problems. This talk summarizes the application of normal factor graphs to a number of these problems, such as turbo and LDPC decoding, equalization of coded signals, multiuser detection, decoding of multilevel coded modulation, and reception of space–time coded signals in MIMO systems.

Biography of the speaker:
EZIO BIGLIERI is presently a professor with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain . His previous positions include professorships with Universit`a di Napoli (1975–1977), with UCLA (1987–1989), and with Politecnico di Torino (1977–1987 and 1990–2005).

He has held visiting positions with the Department of System Science, UCLA, the Mathematical Research Center, Bell Laboratories,Murray Hill, NJ, the Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ, the Department of Electrical Engineering, UCLA, the Telecommunication Department of The Ecole Nationale Sup´erieure des T´el´ecommunications, Paris, France, the University of Sydney, Australia, the Yokohama National University, Japan, the Electrical Engineering Department of Princeton University, the University of South Australia, Adelaide, the University of Melbourne, the Institute for Communications Engineering, Munich Institute of Technology, Germany, and the Institute for Infocomm Research,National University of Singapore.

He was elected three times to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society, and served as its President in 1999. He was the general co-chairman of the “IEEE 2000 International Symposium on Information Theory,” Sorrento, Italy, June 2000, and the general co-chairman of ISITA 2004, Parma, Italy. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Information Theory Society and the IEEE Communications Society.

He was an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications, the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, the IEEE Communications Letters, the Journal on Communications and Networks, and the Editor in Chief of the European Transactions on Telecommunications. Since 2004 he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Communications Letters. He has published 6 books and in excess of 120 journal papers on digital communications. Among other honors, he received the IEEE Third-Millennium Medal, the IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award, and the IEEE Communications Society Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award.

Ezio Biglieri is a Fellow of the IEEE.