Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Information Theoretic Methods in Science and Engineering (Witmse 2011)
Jorma Rissanen, Petri Myllymäki, Teemu Roos, Ioan Tabus and Kenji Yamanishi, ed.
Department of Computer Science, Series of Publications C
, Volume C-2011
, Number 45.
University of Helsinki
, Helsinki, Finland
he Fourth Workshop on Information Theoretic Methods in Science and Engineering (WITMSE 2011) took place on August 7–10, 2011, in Helsinki, Finland. The workshop was hosted by the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT. This was the fourth workshop in the series which started in 2008. The first one, as well as the following two organized in 2009 and 2010, respectively, were hosted by the Technical University of Tampere.
As the title of the workshop suggests, WITMSE seeks speakers from a variety of disciplines with emphasis on both theory and applications of information and coding theory with special interest in modeling. Since the beginning our plan has been, and still is, to keep the number of the participants small and to ensure the highest possible quality, which has been accomplished by inviting distinguished scholars as speakers.
The invitees include both plenary and regular invited speakers—although in this context, the word “regular” should be written in quotation marks as it is clear that both kinds of speakers have been outstanding. This year, the plenary talks were given by Mati Wax (Wavion Wireless Networks), Neri Merhav (Technion), and Veronica Gonzalez-Lopez and Jesus Garcia (State University of Campinas).
Outside the technical sessions the program included a reception offered by the Rec- tor of the University of Helsinki, hosted by Vice-Rector Kimmo Kontula, and a Banquet including a chance to enjoy a Finnish sauna and take a dip in the Baltic Sea.
We would like to thank all the participants to our workshop. Many of the speakers kindly submitted written contributions to these proceedings, for which we are particularly grateful. We also want to thank the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies and the European Union Network-of-Excellence Pascal for sponsoring the workshop.