ISTC 2021

International Symposium on Topics in Coding 2021

History of ISTC

ISTC used to refer to the International Symposium on Turbo Codes and iterative information processing. Starting this year, the name has been changed to International Symposium on Topics in Coding to better reflect the broader scope of the event. As a matter of fact, starting from a turbo codes centered conference, the last sessions of ISTC showed an increasing number of contributions that exceeded this initial perimeter.

The invention of turbo codes, first published in 1993, is a landmark event in information theory and telecommunication engineering. The inventors Claude Berrou, Alain Glavieux, and Punya Thitimajshima, are all from IMT Atlantique (formerly Télécom Bretagne, formerly ENST Bretagne), France.

Turbo codes are of far-reaching theoretical significance because they were the first family of practical codes to closely approach the theoretical limits of communication channels. They also had a revolutionary impact on practical systems. For example, turbo codes are used in both 3G and 4G mobile communication systems worldwide and in deep-space satellite communications. The advent of turbo codes also triggered a sequence of important events in communication and signal processing, such as LDPC codes, iterative multi-user detection and, more recently, AMP family algorithms. The inventors of turbo codes received numerous awards, including

ISTC is a serie of conferences dedicated to modern coding theory and iterative processing techniques. The first few ISTC conferences were held in Brest, France, the birth place of turbo codes. The venues of ISTC moved to several European cities since 2006, but still returned to Brest from time to time. Since 2006, ISTC has become a biannual event. Here is a list of the past ISTC conferences.

Links to the websites of past ISTC conferences can be found on this website.