March 11 – 16 , 2018, Dagstuhl Seminar 18112

Coding Theory for Inference, Learning and Optimization


Po-Ling Loh (University of Wisconsin – Madison, US)
Arya Mazumdar (University of Massachusetts – Amherst, US)
Dimitris Papailiopoulos (University of Wisconsin – Madison, US)
Rüdiger Urbanke (EPFL – Lausanne, CH)

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Coding theory has recently found new applications in areas such as distributed machine learning, dimension reduction, and variety of statistical problems involving estimation and inference. In machine learning applications that use large-scale data, it is desirable to communicate the results of distributed computations in an efficient and robust manner. In dimension reduction applications, the pseudorandom properties of algebraic codes may be used to construct projection matrices that are deterministic and facilitate algorithmic efficiency. Finally, relationships that have been forged between coding theory and problems in theoretical computer science, such as k-SAT or the planted clique problem, lead to a new interpretation of the sharp thresholds encountered in these settings in terms of thresholds in channel coding theory.

The aim of this Dagstuhl Seminar is to draw together researchers from industry and academia that are working in coding theory, particularly in these different (and somewhat disparate) application areas of machine learning and inference. The discussions and collaborations facilitated by this seminar will help spark new ideas about how coding theory may be used to improve and inform modern techniques for data analytics.

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  Po-Ling Loh, Arya Mazumdar, Dimitris Papailiopoulos, and Rüdiger Urbanke


  • Artificial Intelligence / Robotics
  • Data Structures / Algorithms / Complexity
  • Optimization / Scheduling


  • Coding theory
  • Distributed optimization
  • Machine learning
  • Sparse recovery
  • Threshold phenomena

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