Topological Interference Management

Séminaire le 28 Juin 2016, 14h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Dr Syed Ali Jafar


Studies of the degrees of Freedom (DoF) of wireless communication networks often focus on clever ways to exploit an abundance of channel knowledge which is rarely available in practice while ignoring topological aspects that are the basis of most robust interference management schemes. Topological interference management refers to a complementary perspective where the focus is on exploiting network topology under limited channel knowledge. Progress in this direction includes the discovery that optimal interference avoidance is essentially the index coding problem, that interference alignment plays a central role in this problem even though no precise knowledge of channel realizations is available, a new set of conditions for the approximate optimality of treating interference as noise, novel outer bounds based on aligned image sets, and connections to network coding problems such as distributed storage repair, multiple unicasts and private information retrieval. This talk will summarize the advances in the broad area of topological interference management and highlight some of the key open problems.


Syed Ali Jafar received his B. Tech. from IIT Delhi, India, in 1997, M.S. from Caltech, USA, in 1999, and Ph.D. from Stanford, USA, in 2003, all in Electrical Engineering. His industry experience includes positions at Lucent Bell Labs, Qualcomm Inc. and Hughes Software Systems. He is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA USA. His research interests include multiuser information theory, wireless communications and network coding.

Dr. Jafar received the Blavatnik National Laureate in Physical Sciences and Engineering in 2015, the UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Research in 2015, the School of Engineering Mid-Career Excellence in Research Award in 2015, the School of Engineering Maseeh Outstanding Research Award in 2010, the ONR Young Investigator Award in 2008, and the NSF CAREER award in 2006. His co-authored papers received the IEEE Information Theory Society Best Paper Award in 2009, IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award in 2013, IEEE Communications Society Heinrich Hertz Award in 2015, IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award (to student co-authors) in 2015, an IEEE GLOBECOM Best Paper Award in 2012 and an IEEE GLOBECOM Best Paper Award in 2014. Dr. Jafar received the UC Irvine EECS Professor of the Year award five times, in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2014, from the Engineering Students Council and the Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 from the School of Engineering. He was a University of Canterbury Erskine Fellow in 2010 and an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2013-2014. Dr. Jafar was recognized as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher and included by Sciencewatch among The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds in 2014 and again in 2015. He served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications 2004-2009, for IEEE Communications Letters 2008-2009 and for IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 2009-2012. Dr. Jafar was elevated to IEEE Fellow, Class of 2014, for contributions to analyzing the capacity of wireless communication networks.