6.454 - Graduate Seminar in Area I - Fall 2011
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6.454 Graduate Seminar in Area I - Fall 2011

W 2:30pm-4:00pm, 32-D677

Contact: Yury Polyanskiy (yp@mit.edu, x40047).
Student organizers:

This is a graduate seminar course exploring advances in Area I topics including communication, control, networks, signal processing, and optimization. Relationships to related fields, including artificial intelligence, computer science, machine learning and operations research are also considered.

The class meets once a week starting September 7th. An initial set of topics (stated below) will be discussed in the first meeting. Students are encouraged to bring a topic of their choice to the first meeting. During this organizational meeting, participants will be encouraged to select topics (and related papers/book chapters) and divide themselves into small groups (one or two students per group). Each subsequent week, a student group will do a recitation-like presentation of their chosen topic. Prior to the presentation, the student group is required to review the literature in sufficient detail, with faculty assistance as required, and produce a written summary suitable for distribution.


Tentative list of topics (Look at the Topics page for details):

  1. Control with communication constraints
  2. Variable-length communication with feedback
  3. Reliable computing


This course was originally proposed in 2000. It has been developed and maintained since by students in Area I, mainly from the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) and the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), with the guidance of several members of the faculty.

Websites and presentation materials from previous terms are kept available online: