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[theory-seminar] Fwd: [isl-colloq] Reminder: ISL Seminar today 4:15-5:15 by prof. Avestimehr (USC)

Mary Wootters mary.wootters at
Thu Mar 1 15:59:34 PST 2018

Hi all,

There's no theory seminar today, but there's a talk in EE at our normal
seminar time (4:15pm, 15 minutes from now) that might be of interest -- see


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Subject: [isl-colloq] Reminder: ISL Seminar today 4:15-5:15 by prof.
Avestimehr (USC)
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Cc: Salman Avestimehr <avestimehr at>

This is just a reminder that this talk is happening today 4:15-5:15 at
Packard 101.

Title: Coded Computing

Speaker: Salman Avestimehr (USC)

Packard 101,
4:15-5:15 pm
Thursday Mar 01, 2018

Refreshments will be served after the talk.

This talk introduces "Coded Computing”, a new framework that brings
concepts and tools from information theory and coding theory into
distributed computing to mitigate several performance bottlenecks that
arise in large-scale machine learning. It is demonstrated how coded
computing achieves the optimal tradeoff between “communication load” and
“computation load” in distributed computing, and how it provides an optimal
toleration for straggling nodes by injecting computation redundancy in
unorthodox coded forms. The practical impact of coded computing is also
demonstrated in several applications. The talk will conclude by discussing
several open problems in this area.

Speaker bio:
Salman Avestimehr is an Associate Professor at the Electrical Engineering
Department of University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. in
2008 and M.S. degree in 2005 in Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science, both from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to that,
he obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of
Technology in 2003.  His research interests include information theory,
distributed computing, and data analytics. Dr. Avestimehr has received a
number of awards, including a Communications Society and Information Theory
Society Joint Paper Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for
Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a Young Investigator Program (YIP) award
from the U. S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, a National Science
Foundation CAREER award, and several best paper awards. He is currently an
Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and a
General Co-Chair of the 2020 International Symposium on Information Theory
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