Johan Chrisnata, a PhD student in the Division of Mathematical Sciences at SPMS, has won the Best Student Paper Award at ISITA 2020 (International Symposium on Information Theory and Its Applications), a leading conference on information theory.
Mr. Chrisnata’s winning paper, titled “Optimal Reconstruction Codes for Deletion Channels”, was written with his supervisor Assistant Professor Kiah Han Mao and their collaborator, Associate Professor Eitan Yaakobi from Technion University in Israel. It concerns the sequence reconstruction problem introduced by Levenshtein (two decades ago), and the problem has numerous applications, including data storage and genomics.
Originally slated to be held in Hawaii, ISITA 2020 was run as a virtual conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Best Student Paper Award is given each year in recognition of the most outstanding paper presented at the symposium with a student as the main contributor. It is selected by a committee of leading researchers in the field of information theory.