Highlights of ITW 2018

Welcome to ITW 2018 in Guangzhou!  (November 25-29)

ITW 2018 solicits and welcomes original contributions on the frontiers of information theory, coding theory and their applications, as well as the frontiers with other fields such as data science, biology and signal processing. The conference structure consists of a daily plenary seminar followed by two parallel paper sessions throughout the day.

Guangzhou, the third largest city in mainland China and known as the "Southern Capital", is renowned for the enterprising spirit and open-mindedness of its people throughout its history of over 2,000 years. The conference attendees will have an opportunity to sample a vibrant local culture and partake in some of the best Cantonese cuisine. The conference venue is the Sun Yat-sen University Kaifeng Hotel, located within the university campus where the attendees can explore many historic architectures and artifacts, including the famous Swasey Hall, Xing Pavilion, Scholar Archway and many others.

The conference provides many opportunities for informal interaction through social events, including the welcome reception on November 25, Pearl River night cruise on November 26, banquet at the Sky No. 1 Restaurant on November 27, and an excursion to Baiyun Mountain on November 28. A pleasant surprise awaits the attendees who stay at the conference through its final day.

We look forward to adding to the tradition of successful ITWs in the mainland, including ITW Beijing 1988 and Chengdu 2006. With appreciation and anticipation, we look forward to welcoming you in Guangzhou.

The general chairs,
Pingzhi Fan, Aria Nosratinia, Li Chen

Scope of Submission

Original papers on Information and Coding Theory are encouraged for submission. Our special interests include:

  • Information Theory and its Applications
  • Frontiers of Coding Theory and Practice
  • Boundaries between Information Theory and Data Science, Biology and Signal Processing
  • Network Information Theory
  • Network Coding and Distributed Storage
  • Information Theoretic Security

Submit your paper through EDAS by May 18, 2018 June 1, 2018 11:59pm Hawaii Time (UTC-10).

Important Dates

Paper submission       May 18, 2018 June 1, 2018 (once and firm)

Acceptance notification     August 13, 2018 August 17, 2018

Final paper submission     September 13, 2018

Tutorial proposal submission     March 1, 2018

Tutorial acceptance notification    March 15, 2018

SYSU-CITW in Sun Yat-sen University

The Sun Yat-sen University Coding and Information Theory Workshop (SYSU-CITW) will take place in Sun Yat-sen University higher education megacenter campus on November 30, 2018, the day after ITW2018. SYSU-CITW consists of invited talks and a tour to National Supercomputer Center in Guangzhou. Admission is free for SYSU-CITW.

ISTC 2018 in Hong Kong

The International Symposium on Turbo Codes & Iterative Information Processing (ISTC) 2018 will take place in Hong Kong on December 3 - 7, the week after ITW 2018. Hong Kong is only 120 km southeast of Guangzhou with a train journey of 2 hours.

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IT Society Conferences Code of Conduct

The IEEE Information Theory Society Board of Governors (ITSoc BoG) is committed to ensuring an inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment for everyone in the field of information theory at all of our events and experiences.
Conferences, workshops, and technical schools---along with the social outings, events, and activities that are integral components of them---are excellent venues for researchers and scholars who despite the inherent hierarchical nature of the research community in terms of seniority, advancement, contributions, and recognitions, often strive to build communities of collaborators, and friends across seniorities, generations, and institutions. On the other hand, exactly because of their less formal settings, conferences, workshops, and technical schools along with their associated social events can fall short of providing an inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment for all.
In this context, ITSoc BoG is encouraged by a cultural shift to making it safe and supportive for all those who need to report violations. ITSoc BoG recognizes and acknowledges the importance of ensuring that the academic and professional communities pay more attention, take note, and continue to take appropriate actions. ITSoc BoG reminds every attendee to help ensure that our events do not become venues for abuse of power, harassment in any form, (including but not limited to harassment based on race, gender, religion, age, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity), and/or bullying. ITSoc BoG recommends our attendees to use common sense, support each other, and create a safe space by speaking up against and/or reporting any form of harassment or bullying.
ITSoc BoG will also like to remind our attendees to review the IEEE policy against discrimination and harassment and the IEEE code of conduct and follow the suggestions and best practices for how to make the IEEE Information Theory Society conferences and venues safe and inclusive. The ITSoc BoG is continually working on improving procedures to handle incidents and reporting of issues. Meanwhile, ITSoc BoG is eager to help participants identify relevant help services. ITSoc BoG gratefully accepts feedback from the community on policy and actions; please contact the chair and/or any member of the IT Society Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.