How does applied math become applicable?

Speaker: Dr. Emina Soljanin , Bell Labs


It has been widely acknowledged that research in mathematical sciences has been crucial in making communications devices, systems, and networks possible. But which research exactly? The one considered the most applicable at the time it was being conducted, the one cast in the best power point presentation, the one proving the most fundamental theorems, the one with the most dedicated owners, the one with the most charismatic proponents, or none, or all of the above? In this talk, I will tell you what, after almost two decades of working at Bell Labs, I think was hard, what was easy, and why I believe the toughest uphill battles for applying math, information and coding theory are still in front of us.