Title: Covert Communications
Biography: Matthieu Bloch received the Engineering degree from Supélec, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 2003, the Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science from the Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France, in 2006, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. In 2008-2009, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, USA. Since July 2009, Dr. Bloch has been on the faculty of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is currently an Assistant Professor. His research interests are in the areas of information theory, error-control coding, wireless communications, and cryptography. Dr. Bloch is a member of the IEEE and has served on the organizing committee of several international conferences; he is the current chair of the Online Committee of the IEEE Information Theory Society. He is the co-recipient of the IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Information Theory Society 2011 Joint Paper Award and the co-author of the textbook Physical-Layer Security: From Information Theory to Security Engineering published by Cambridge University Press.
Title: Common Randomness, Querying and Large Probability Sets
Biography: Prakash Narayan received the Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1976, and the M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in Systems Science and Mathematics, and Electrical Engineering, respectively, from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, in 1978 and 1981. He is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a joint appointment at the Institute for Systems Research. He has held visiting appointments at ETH, Zurich; Technion, Haifa; Alfréd Rényi Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest; University of Bielefeld; Institute of Biomedical Engineering (formerly LADSEB), Padova; and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Narayan has served as Associate Editor for Shannon Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and is currently its Executive Editor. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.