We thank all ISIT 2013 participants for coming to Istanbul in uncertain times.
---- DAILY UPDATES on ISTANBUL PROTESTS -------
(July 7 update)
Last night protestors attempted to enter Taksim square starting at around 7 pm and there was severe police intervention with gas and water cannon, which continued until early morning hours. Newspapers report that two people were injured. The events may continue today (July 7). Please avoid Taksim Square and Istiklal Street in the evening hours.
----- IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT ISTANBUL PROTESTS -------
Posted on June 12th.
Last updated July 5, 9:00 am local time. (The updated part is in boldface.)
Dear ISIT Participant,
Original posting (June 12): As you may well be aware, there is an ongoing protest in Taksim Square, Istanbul, with protestors occupying an adjacent park (Gezi Park). The protest is about a road construction and renovation project which calls for cutting down a large number of trees and demolishing a good portion of the park. The protest has triggered street demonstrations in many cities around Turkey and has not yet subsided. Taksim has been the scene to fierce clashes between the police and protestors on and off since the beginning of the protests on May 31st. The last major incident was on June 11 when the police moved back into the square firmly to open the square to traffic.
The Istanbul Conference and Exhibition Center (ICEC), where ISIT 2013 will take place, is about 1.3 km from Taksim Square and is safely away from the scene of the protests. The conference hotels which are at Talimhane district are 200-500 m away from the Taksim Square and there have been no reported cases of disturbance to the hotels or their guests.
*** Updates ***
June 13: There was a meeting on June 12th between the government and the protestors. The outcome appears to be a proposal by the government to hold a plebiscite in Istanbul to decide the issues. The tension appears to have dropped as a result of dialogue and willingness to compomise. Taksim was quiet on June 12th. We are hoping that the protest will come to an end peacefully in a matter of days.
June 14: There was no incident on Taksim Square on June 13th. Crowds gathered to listen to a piano concert. Meetings between the PM and various intermediaries continued. Officials announced the suspension of plans to build a replica of old military barracks on Gezi Park. The main short term issue that remains is to persuade the protestors to vacate the park. The conflict is not yet over but there is more reason to be optimistic today (June 14) than yesterday about a peaceful resolution.
June 15: Taksim Square was quiet on Friday, June 14th. This morning (June 15) the activists at Gezi Park announced their resolve to continue their resistance until their demands are met. Apparently, the occupation of Gezi Park will continue on a smaller scale, with majority of the activists leaving the park and a core environmentalist group staying as watchmen. Indeed, later in the day, many tents were dismantled and barricades were removed. It appears that life is returning to normal in and around Taksim area.
Last night (June 15) riot police stormed Gezi Park and evicted the protestors from the park. This set of a night of rioting. AP reported that at least 44 people were taken to hospitals for treatment. None of them were in serious condition.
June 16 was quiet at Taksim Square and Gezi Park since people were barred from entering the area by the police. There were clashes on streets leading to Taksim square but not as fierce as the previous day.
June 17 was quieter than the day before although protests continued in Istanbul and elsewhere in Turkey. Taksim Square is now open to public.
June 18: Events are winding down although protests continue, sometimes in unusual forms. We are optimistic that soon life will be back to normal in Istanbul.
June 19: Perhaps the quietest days since the beginning of the protests.
June 20: The newpapers are dominated by news of recent financial turmoil worldwide which has been felt more severely in local markets. Taksim events are off the main hedlines but they will certainly be on the agenda in Turkey for many years to come. Life in and around Taksim square is returning to normal.
June 22: June 21 was a quiet day. The weekend may see more activity on Taksim square.
June 23: People gathered at Taksim square in the early evening hours on Saturday, June 22, to hold a vigil for those who died during the Gezi Park protests. Initially police just watched but after one hour issued warnings and eventually used water cannon to disperse the crowds from Taksim. Events spilled into side streets where tear gas was also used. The size and intensity of the police intervention was minor compared to those seen in earlier days. Taksim square was open to pedestrian and car traffic later in the evening.
June 24: Istanbul was quiet yesterday.
June 26: Istanbul was quiet on the 24th and 25th.
June 27: Istanbul was quiet on the 26th.
June 28: Another quiet day in Istanbul on the 27th.
June 29: Yesterday (28th) was quiet in Istanbul. Today there are calls for a gathering in Taksim at 6 pm.
June 30: As expected, there were multiple groups holding weekend rallies near Taksim square starting at 6 pm. Police blocked the demonstrators from entering the square. After a long standoff, at 9 pm police asked the demonstrators to disperse. Police action followed when there was resistance. Unlike earlier occasions, police refrained from using water cannon and took softer measures to disperse the crowd. No injuries were reported. 12 people were taken into custody. The saturday evening rallies are becoming routine and there may be one on July 6 as well.
July 1: Newspaper headlines show no news of any disturbance in Istanbul yesterday.
July 3: Nothing to report in the last two days. Over the weekend expect protest marches on Istiklal Street (main commercial street west of Taksim square).
July 5: Again nothing to report. We wish you a good trip to Istanbul and hope that Istanbul will be quiet through the conference.
You may find the latest travel advisories issued by various governments here.
We will be updating you here as events develop.
Erdal Arıkan - Elza Erkip, ISIT 2013 Co-Chairs
Gerhard Kramer, President IT Society
The 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from Sunday July 7th through Friday July 12th, 2013. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and the cultural, economic, and financial center of the country. The city is a bridge between two continents as well as between cultures and traditions. In its long history, Istanbul has served as the capital of the Eastern Roman and Ottoman empires, whose legacy still survives in the city’s architecture and culture.
Interested authors are encouraged to submit previously unpublished contributions from a broad range of topics related to information theory, including (but not limited to) the following areas:
|Coding theory and practice||Communication theory|
|Compression||Cryptography and data security|
|Detection and estimation||Information theory and statistics|
|Information theory in networks||Multi-terminal information theory|
|Pattern recognition and learning||Quantum information theory|
|Sequences and complexity||Shannon theory|
|Signal processing||Source coding|
Researchers working on novel applications of information theory are especially encouraged to submit original findings.
Submitted papers should be of sufficient detail for review by experts in the field.
|Paper submission deadline
||January 27, 2013
||April 15, 2013|
|Final manuscripts due; Author registration deadline; Student Travel Grant applications deadline
||May 16, 2013
|Early registration deadline
||May 24, 2013
|Recent results submission deadline
||May 31, 2013
|Monday: Emmanuel Candes Three Recent Examples of the Effectiveness of Convex Programming in the Information Sciences|
|Tuesday: Frans Willems Lossless Source Coding Algorithms|
|Wednesday: Stéphane Mallat High Dimensional Classification with Invariant Deep Networks|
|Thursday: Katalin Marton - The 2013 Shannon Lecture Distance-Divergence Inequalities|
|Friday: Gabor Lugosi Concentration Inequalities and The Entropy Method|
|ISIT 2013 will feature four tutorials on Sunday July 7th.|
|T1: Andrea Goldsmith and Giuseppe Caire: The Role of Information Theory in Cellular System Design (9:00-12:30)|
|T2: Shrinivas Kudekar and Ruediger Urbanke: Spatial Coupling and the Threshold Saturation Phenomenon (9:00 - 12:30)|
|T3: Alex Dimakis and Kannan Ramchandran: Distributed Storage Systems (14:00 - 17:30)|
|T4: Yury Polyanskiy and Sergio Verdú: Finite Block Length Methods in Information Theory (14:00 - 17:30)|
|Erdal Arıkan (Bilkent University, Turkey)|
|Elza Erkip (Polytechnic Institute of NYU, USA)|
|Amos Lapidoth (ETH, Switzerland)|
|Igal Sason (Technion, Israel)|
|Jossy Sayir (University of Cambridge, UK)|
|Emre Telatar (EPFL, Switzerland)|
Detailed information on technical program, recent results session, travel, social programs, and travel grants will be available on this page.
For more information about the symposium, please contact its General Co-Chairs.
Conference services provided by Gazella Turizm A.S.