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Beyond I.I.D. in Information Theory

23rd July 2018 to 27th July 2018
Nilanjana Datta University of Cambridge
Jossy Sayir University of Cambridge, European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge
Andreas Winter ICREA and Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Workshop Theme

The week-long workshop "Beyond i.i.d. in Information Theory" at the Isaac Newton Institute, will bring together the classical and quantum Shannon theory communities working on one-shot and finite block length information theory, with coding theorists, researchers into quantum thermodynamics and other resource theories, and mathematical physicists, whose work provides insights into entropic quantities and their properties. These are timely areas of research and interactions between them are increasingly important. Moreover, this focus provides a follow-up to the programme "Mathematical Challenges of Quantum Information".

Concrete topics to be covered in the workshop will include:

  • Finite block length analysis
  • One-shot information theory
  • Entropic quantities
  • Additivity problems
  • Thermodynamics and other resource theories
  • Mathematical physics
  • Inequalities and open quantum systems
  • Many body systems


Like previous Beyond i.i.d. in Information Theory workshops (BIID in short), the present workshop will consist of talks and posters invited by the organisers. To help us select a good programme, we invite the community to make suggestions for talks. Any member of the community can participate, either by nominating someone else with a concrete talk topic, or by submitting his/her own work in the traditional manner. In either case, the nomination or self-nomination should follow the following format:

  • Nominator: Full name, email, affiliation, research interests
  • Talk nominee: Full name, email, affiliation
  • Talk suggestion: A description of between half a page and up to two pages, explaining the pertinence of the submission for BIID, with a title and relevant pointers to full paper(s). 

Entries are to be sent to beyondiid2018[at][dot]uk by 30/04/2018.


Deadline for applications: 14th May 2018 (Registration is not open at this time)

Please note members of Cambridge University are welcome to turn up and sign in as a non-registered attendee on the day(s) during the workshop and attend the lecture(s). Please note that we cannot provide you with any support including name badge, meals or accommodation.

In addition to visiting the INI, there are multiple ways in which you can participate remotely.



Registration Only    
  • Registration Package: £227
  • Student/post doc Registration Package: £177

The Registration Package includes admission to all seminars, lunches and refreshments on the days that lectures take place (Monday - Friday), wine reception and formal dinner, but does not include other meals or accommodation.


Registration and Accommodation
  • Accommodation Package: £697

The Accommodation Package includes a registration fee and accommodation from the evening of Sunday 22nd July 2018 to breakfast on Saturday 28th July 2018, together with lunches and refreshments during the days that lectures take place (Monday - Friday). The formal dinner is also included, but no other evening meals.

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal Dinner: £50

Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. For all remaining participants who would like to attend, the above charge will apply.


Accommodation venue will be confirmed shortly.



Lunch will be served in house on the days that lectures take place.

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner date, time and venue will be confirmed shortly.  Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.  All remaining participants are encouraged to attend at a charge.

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