Proseminar: Information Theory
Summer term 2020
Information Theory provides the foundation for two important problems:
- How can data be compressed most effectively? Typical scenarios would be the compression of text as zip, music as mp3 and picture data as jpeg.
- How can data be nearly lossless transfered over a instable band? A typical scenario is the communication over weak wireless connections, such as with a Mars probe or the writing and reading of data from hard drives or CDs.
Even though both problems seem to be in oppsition at the beginning, they do have a common theoretical foundation, which we will learn during this pro seminar.
This pro seminar is only addressed to bachelor students.
No previous knowlege is required.
The seminar-talks will be held in German or English.
Time and Place
Precise dates will be announced in RWTHonline before the semster starts.
Each participant of the seminar will be assigned a specific chapter from one of the books "Information and Coding Theory" by Jones & Jones and "A Concise Introduction to Data Compression" by Salomon. They are expected to give a talk of about 30 minutes about it and write a paper of about 5 pages summarising it.
The topics will be assigned at the first meeting of the seminar.