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### Monday, June 6th, 2016

### Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

### Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

The cut-set bound developed by Cover and El Gamal in 1979 has since remained the best known upper bound on the capacity of the Gaussian relay channel. We develop a new explicit upper bound on the capacity of the Gaussian primitive relay channel which is tighter than the cut-set bound. Combined with a simple tensorization argument, this result also implies that the current capacity approximations for Gaussian relay networks, which have linear gap to the cut-set bound in the number of nodes, are order-optimal and leads to a lower bound on the pre-constant. Our approach significantly differs from the standard information-theoretic approach for proving upper bounds on the capacity of multi-user channels. We use measure concentration to analyze the probabilistic geometric relations between the typical sets of the n-letter random variables associated with a reliable code, which translate to new entropy inequalities between the random variables involved in the problem.

This talk will present a characterization of the hypercontractivity region for the binary erasure channel. It builds on the information theoretic equivalent characterizations of hypercontractivity.

### Thursday, June 9th, 2016

No abstract available.