CSoI eBrief
September 2015

Greetings CSoI Team,

Welcome to the September 2015 edition of the Monthly CSoI Highlights eBrief. For the October 2015 edition, please submit information about recent grants, publications, job opportunities, awards, workshops, etc. to Kiya Smith (kiya@purdue.edu) no later than October 23. Thank you!

Center staff have been busy completing the annual NSF report. Thank you to everyone for submitting activity reports and other information. It is very much appreciated.

CSoI Highlights' Headlines:

  1. NSF Site Visit – December 8-9, 2015, at Purdue University
  2. 2015-2016 CSoI Postdoctoral Fellows
  3. Virtual Brown Bag Research Discussion, Monday, October 26

Read below for details on these items and more!

CSoI Highlights

  1. The Center’s annual NSF Site Visit will be held on December 8 and 9, 2015 at Purdue University. For more information and to register: https://www.soihub.org/events/nsf-site-visit-2015.php

  2. The Center announces the 2015-2016 CsoI Postdoctoral Fellows to Ilan Shomorony, Arun Padakandla, Yana Shkel, and Abram Magner.

    Ilan Shomorony is a postdoctoral researcher working with Prof. Tom Courtade at UC Berkeley and Prof. David Tse at Stanford University. He received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University in 2014, advised by Salman Avestimehr, and his BS in Mathematics and ECE from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2009. His PhD research focused on Information Theory problems related to multihop wireless networks. His current research interests are in the area of computational biology, particularly in the error correction and assembly of genomic data.

    Arun Padakandla received his M.S degree in Electrical Communication Engg (ECE) from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore in 2008. He received his M.S degree in Mathematics in 2013, and the PhD degree in Electrical Engg (Systems) in 2014, both from the University of Michigan (UMICH) at Ann Arbor. At ECE, IISc, his thesis work was supervised by Prof. Rajesh Sundaresan, and at UMICH, Arun's doctoral thesis was supervised by Prof. Sandeep Pradhan. His doctoral thesis lies in multi-terminal information theory and addresses the long standing problems of characterizing the capacity regions of multi-terminal networks such as broadcast and interference. In particular, he derived new inner bounds to the capacity region of the broadcast and interference networks with three or more users, using codes endowed with algebraic properties. Arun's research interests lie in information theory, optimization, learning, estimation and computational complexity. As a CSoI postdoctoral fellow, his efforts will be directed towards addressing the challenges in information science that fall within CSoI's thrust areas of knowledge and communication. In particular, he is interested in characterizing fundamental performance limits of systems involved in information gathering, communication, inference and action. In his endeavors he will be mentored by Prof. P R Kumar (Texas A & M), Prof. Venkat Anantharam (UC Berkeley), Prof. Andrea Goldsmith (Stanford) and Dr. Narayana Santhanam (Univ. of Hawaii, Manoa).

    Yana Shkel is a postdoctoral fellow through the NSF Center for Science of Information where she works with Professors Sergio Verdú (Princeton University) and Maxim Raginsky (UIUC). Yana received a PhD and MS degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Wisconsin - Madison in August 2014 and December 2010, respectively. She received a BS in Mathematics and a BS in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin - Madison in May 2005. Yana has spent time as a visiting graduate student at University of Toronto and as an intern with the Computational Intelligence group at 3M Corporate Research (St. Paul, MN). Prior to starting graduate school she worked as a database developer at Morningstar Inc. (Chicago, IL).

    Abram Magner received his BS in mathematics and in computer science from Purdue University in May 2011. He went on to receive his MS and PhD in computer science from Purdue University in May 2013 and October 2015, respectively, both under the supervision of Wojciech Szpankowski. As a CSoI postdoctoral researcher, he will be working with Yuliy Baryshnikov from UIUC and Ananth Grama from Purdue

  3. Join us online for a Virtual Brown Bag Research Discussion, “Assessing the Fit of a ‘Big Data’ Model: The Clustered Residual Plot” presented by Rebecca Barter, UC Berkeley, Monday, October 26 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST/EDT. https://www.soihub.org/event.php?id=332


  1. Coleman's brain injury research in partnership with FDA featured by them: http://www.fda.gov/EmergencyPreparedness/Counterterrorism/MedicalCountermeasures/...

  2. Coleman recognized in the “Root 100” list of 100 African-Americans, ages 25 to 45, most responsible for 2015’s most significant moments, movements and ideas. (http://www.theroot.com/articles/lists/2015/09/the_root_100_2015/todd_coleman.html)

  3. Bernabe Perez received an IDEA-NASA Space Grant Summer REU this past summer under the direction of Todd Coleman’


  1. D. Kang, Y. S. Kim, G. Ornelas, M. Sinha, K. Naidu, and T. P. Coleman, “Scalable Microfabrication Procedures for Adhesive-Integrated Flexible Electronic Sensors”, Sensors.

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