AIDRC Seminar Series - Prof. Hesham El Gamal

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Prof. Hesham El Gamal

University of Sydney, Australia


15th March 2023, 3:00pm - 4:00pm (GST)



New Information Theoretic Frontiers: CyberSecurity, AI, and Quantum Sensing


In his 1948 seminal work, Shannon developed the foundation of information theory which has proved instrumental in empowering the digital communication and networking revolution. More recently, it has been recognized that information theoretic concepts can play a major role in other disciplines. In this talk, I will give a brief overview of our recent results applying information theoretic principles in three important emerging applications. More specifically, I will discuss our work 1) developing provable information theoretic secure wireless communication protocols, 2) constructing a new principled paradigm for computationally efficient multi-view unsupervised machine learning algorithms based on the theory of Wyner common information and 3) improving the performance of cutting edge quantum sensing algorithms using sequential information theory. Throughout the talk, I will highlight the practical utility of our results along with the power of information theory in grounding the proposed techniques in a rigorous foundation.



Hesham El Gamal received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, MD. He currently serves as the Engineering Deputy Dean and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Sydney, Australia. Prior to that, he served as the Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Co-Director of the Institute of Cybersecurity and Digital Trust (ICDT) at the Ohio State University (2018-2021). He served as a member of the faculty at the ECE department of the Ohio State University from 2001 to 2018. He co-founded inmobly inc., a venture-backed spinoff from the Ohio State University pioneering the use of AI technology in multi-media delivery, and served as its Chief Executive Office from 2012 to 2018. He also served as Acting Vice President of Research at Nile University, Cairo, Egypt (2015-2017) and has held visiting appointments at UCLA and Institute Eurecom. His prior industrial experience spans positions at Alcatel-Lucent and Hughes Network Systems.

Prof. El Gamal was recognized as one of the top 1% highly cited and most influential researchers by the ISI web of science (2014-2017). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (2019) and the IEEE (2010), a recipient of the OSU Innovator Award (2013), the OSU Stanley E. Harrison Award (2008), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2004), the OSU College of Engineering Lumley Research Award (2002), the OSU Electrical Engineering Department FARMER Young Faculty Development Fund (2004-2008), and Hughes Network Systems Annual Achievement Award (2000). He holds key intellectual property in the area of proactive communications, space-time coding/decoding, and graphical code design. He has serves on various editorial boards and conference committees, such as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Guest Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory special issue on cooperative communications, Member of the SP4COM technical committee, Co-Chair of the Globecom'08 communication theory symposium, and Co-Chair of the 2010 IEEE Information Theory Workshop.