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Network Coding and the Combinatorics of Error-Correcting Codes

Alberto Ravagnani (Marie Curie Research Fellow University College Dublin, Ireland)
Visiting Lecture
Thursday, 20 June, 2019, at 13:15-14:15, in Aud. D4 (1531-219)
In the context of network coding, one or multiple sources of information attempt to transmit messages to various terminals through a network of intermediate nodes (multicast). In order to maximize the network throughput, the nodes are allowed to recombine the received packets before forwarding them towards the sinks.

In this talk, I will give an introduction to network coding and its methods. In particular, I will introduce rank-metric codes as a solution to the problem of error amplification in network transmissions.

The second part of the talk is devoted to mathematical aspects of the theory of error-correcting codes. I will compare rank-metric codes with the more classical family of Hamming-metric codes, showing strong divergences in their behaviour with respect to various combinatorial properties.

In the last part of the talk I will briefly describe new lines of research intersecting coding theory, combinatorics, and number theory.
Organised by: math
Contact person: Johan P. Hansen