Thursday, January 28, 2016

Monday, March 24, 2014

New blog

I'm consolidating my blog with my new home page: see here for the new blog.

This will be the last post on this site.

Update: I'm reactivating this.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

IEEE North American School of Information Theory

The 2014 IEEE North American School of Information Theory (NASIT) will be held right here in T.O., from June 18-21, 2014. It will be held at the Fields Institute, on the lovely downtown campus of the University of Toronto.

This is a great event with a stellar lineup of speakers, and you should apply. Deadline is March 7.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lab equipment for molecular communication

You may have seen our PLOS ONE paper about tabletop molecular communication, which received loads of media coverage. One of the goals of this paper was to show that anyone can do experiments in molecular communication, without any wet labs or expensive apparatus.

For molecular communication researchers, hobbyists, or anyone else who wants to do experiments like ours, my PhD student, Nariman Farsad, is making our apparatus available as an easy-to-use kit. (Full disclosure: the equipment is distributed through a small business founded by Nariman; I have no financial interest in the business.)

For further details and quotes, please contact Nariman at:

Thursday, December 19, 2013

[Updated] Doing the media rounds

My paper on molecular communication came out last night on PLOS ONE:

N. Farsad, W. Guo, and A. W. Eckford, "Tabletop Molecular Communication: Text Messages through Chemical Signals," PLoS ONE, vol. 8, no. 12, December 18, 2013.

Here I am giving an interview to CTV News Channel.

Here's coverage in the National Post.

I also did a radio interview, and a few other outlets picked up the story. I'll update with more links as I get them.


Friday, September 27, 2013

Verdù interviews Fano

You must check out Sergio Verdù's amazing interview with Robert Fano in this month's IT Society newsletter. A giant of information theory, Fano was the third recipient of the Shannon award, and is probably best known in our community for the Fano inequality.

The sweep of Fano's career is incredible. He coined the term mutual information. At MIT in 1950, he gave what was likely the first course anywhere on information theory; it was in this class that David Huffman famously invented the Huffman code in a term paper.  But by the sixties, Fano was already out of information theory -- he wrote a book on electromagnetism, then got interested in computer science, becoming the founding director of the centre that would become CSAIL. Now 95 years old, he still keeps an office at MIT.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

[Updated] Molecular Communication book: Radio interview on CKNW, Vancouver

I did a radio interview on The Shift with Mike Eckford, on CKNW in Vancouver, about my new book. Here it is on SoundCloud.

UPDATE: Here's an embedded version.