Thomas M. Cover in Memoriam 1938-2012

Monday, July 2, 2012 - 20:00 - 21:30
Kresge Auditorium, MIT

Tom Cover, one of the greatest information theorists and a wonderfully inspiring teacher and mentor, passed away in Palo Alto on March 26, 2012. During his 48-year career as a professor of Electrical Engineering and Statistics at Stanford University, he graduated 63 PhD students, published over 120 journal papers in learning, information theory, statistical complexity, and portfolio theory, and coauthored Elements of Information Theory, the most widely-cited book in the field. In recognition of his seminal contributions, Tom Cover received many awards and honors, including the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal, the IEEE Information Theory Society Claude E. Shannon Award, and the IEEE Information Theory Paper Award. He was a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

There will be a special session at the International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT) on July 2, 2012, 8:00 PM-9:30 PM. If you would like to say a few words in his memory, please contact Denise Murphy.

A memorial service will be held in the afternoon of October 12, 2012 at the Arrillaga Alumni Center on the Stanford campus. For more details on this event, please visit the memoriam website