2017 Information Theory and Applications Workshop

ITA 2017


Date: 2017-02-12to
Time: All day
Location: Catamaran Resort, Mission Bay, San Diego
*Registration is Required.
Host: ITA Director Alon Orlitsky et al.


The week-long Information Theory and Applications Center (ITA) will hold its annual ITA Workshop at the Catamaran Resort in Pacific Beach, Sunday February 12 through Friday February 17.  ITA is based in the Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego.

ITA 2017 will be held at the Catamaran Resort in Pacific Beach from Sunday, February 12 through Friday, February 17 (over Valentine's Day). It's not too late to register and attend all or parts of the week-long event. For details on the extensive technical and social programs, visit the workshop website.
The technical focus will be "Data Science", with several exciting plenaries on the topic:

  • Craig Venter, J. Craig Venter Institute: Genomics and Big Data
  • Andrea Montanari, Stanford: The Empirical Risk Landscape of Some Machine Learning Problems
  • Chris McKinlay, Data Science Inc.: How Do We Discover What We Are Not Looking For? (Valentine's Day Special)
  • Animashree Anandkumar, UC Irvine: Large-Scale Machine Learning: Theory and Practice
  • Emmanuel Candes, Stanford: On the Replicability of Scientific Research in the Big Data Era: What Statistics Can Offer?

Two outstanding plenaries will cover other topics:

  • Scott Aaronson, UT Austin: Quantum Computing and the Limits of the Efficiently Computable
  • Yuval Peres, Microsoft Research: Trace Reconstruction for Deletion Channels: The Synchronization Challenge

Three "Branching Out" talks will get us thinking outside our usual boxes:

Two of the six technical tracks will take place aboard the William D. Evans Sternwheeler (pictured at right) docked at the conference site.

The workshop will feature six tracks, featuring more than 420 technical presentations. These include"graduation day" proceedings, when outstanding final-year Ph.D. students overview their research.

Note: All speakers in two of those six tracks will deliver their seminars aboard the spectacular William D. Evans Sternwheeler (pictured above).
Social events will keep ITA 2017 participants entertained and help them get to know each other (or catch up with old friends and colleagues) - and even celebrate Valentine's Day on Tuesday. In addition to breakfast, a daytime work lounge, and evening game and movie lounge with free snacks and drinks that will be available every day of the workshop, here is a brief roundup of special activities open to participants, spouses and others:
Sunday         Evening welcome reception ✸ mind-boggling entertainment
Monday        Women's networking lunch with free food ✸ evening reception ✸ interactive puzzle session with prizes
Tuesday        Students' research panel with free food ✸ evening reception ✸ Valentine's Day Socal with food, music, and dance
Wednesday   Graduation day posters and lunch ✸ glove's off, our entertainment highlight ✸ banquet cruise and entertainment ✸ student banquerrito
Thursday      Kite demo and flying at lunch ✸ dinner cooking competition between participants' recipes with prizes (a must)
Friday           Kite demo and flying at lunch ✸ free farewell bash at a local pub
Something to remember: As last year, each participant will receive their own personalized poster, T-shirt, and mug.
If you would like to participate, please register at  the workshop website. If you have any questions, please email ITA