Coding scheme for interactive communication is the first to near optimality on three classical measures.
October 2, 2014When you can’t collect all the data you need, a new algorithm tells you which to target.
July 25, 2014New scheme could enable laser rangefinders to infer depth from a hundredth as much light — and to produce images from only one nine-hundredth the light.
November 28, 2013For 65 years, most information-theoretic analyses of cryptographic systems have made a mathematical assumption that turns out to be wrong.
August 14, 2013MIT researchers show how to secure widely used encryption schemes against attackers who have intercepted examples of successful decryption.
February 15, 2013Researchers believe that information theory — the discipline that gave us digital communication — can explain differences between human languages.
October 10, 2012A new information-theoretical model of human sensory perception and memory sheds light on some peculiarities of the nervous system.
October 5, 2012Calculating the total capacity of a data network is a notoriously difficult problem, but information theorists are beginning to make some headway.
May 15, 2012New error-correcting codes guarantee the fastest possible rate of data transmission, even over fluctuating wireless links.
February 10, 2012Error-correcting codes discovered at MIT can still guarantee reliable communication, even in cellphones with failure-prone low-power chips.
August 4, 2011A technique called network coding could protect users’ privacy and providers’ content while making communications networks more efficient.
April 1, 2011Norbert Wiener gained fame as the father of cybernetics, but his earlier work on statistical descriptions of complex systems may prove more important.
January 19, 2011By melding economics and engineering, researchers show that as social networks get larger, they usually get better at sorting fact from fiction.
November 16, 2010By demonstrating fundamental limits on their accuracy, MIT researchers show how to improve wireless location-detection systems.
September 9, 2010MIT researchers helped develop a theory that promised much more efficient data networks; then they were the first to put it into practice.
February 12, 2010A ‘seemingly loopy’ technique that MIT researchers helped develop could dramatically improve the efficiency of communications networks.
February 9, 2010Jack Wozencraft, considered one of the pioneers of coding theory in the nascent field of information theory, died peacefully August 31, 2009.
January 21, 2010In 1993, scientists achieved the maximum rate for data transmission — only to find they’d been scooped 30 years earlier by an MIT grad student.
January 21, 2010A 1948 paper by Claude Shannon SM ’37, PhD ’40 created the field of information theory — and set its research agenda for the next 50 years.
January 19, 2010