Institute of Theoretical Computer Science and Communications


Institute of Theoretical Computer Science and Communications (ITCSC) was established in July 2007 to promote and support innovative and cutting-edge research in theoretical computer and communication sciences.

The Institute focuses a number of research themes: analytic methods for non-convex optimization, complexity of convex optimization, and information theoretic complexity of communication.

2018 ITCSC Summer Research Program at The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Institute of Theoretical Computer Science and Communications (ITCSC) is organizing a Summer Research Program from July 9, 2018 to August 24, 2018.

The purpose of this summer research program is to bring together interested undergraduate students majoring in computer science, communications, mathematics, or related areas, from all over Asia and introduce them to research problems of interest to the various researchers of the institute. The students are then expected to work together (along with mentors) to try and solve a few of these problems, thus getting a first-hand research experience.

Apart from a semi-structured first week of introduction to various research areas and problems, the summer research program will also feature regular lectures, meetings, and a final presentation as well as a report.

*** Undergraduate students of computer science, electrical engineering, and related areas from universities across Asia are welcome to apply. ***

Invitations will be sent to a selected number of students based on the quality of the applications and budgetary considerations. Should you be invited, ITCSC will provide a lump-sum amount that would normally cover your airfare and local expenses.

Please fill out the following form until 5 February 2018:

Successful applicants have been informed.

Inquiries should be sent to Prof. Pascal Vontobel via


Aug 22-26, 2016


CSE-ITCSC Joint Seminar
June 19, 2018
YinTat Lee , University of Washington
Faculty of Engineering Distinguished Lecture
January 23, 2018
Prof. Sanjoy Mitter , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
CSE-ITCSC Joint Seminar
January 19, 2018
Prof Jelani Nelson, Harvard University
CSE-ITCSC Joint Seminar
January 12, 2018
Dr. Tsz Chiu KWOK, University of Waterloo
CSE-ITCSC Joint Seminar
December 4, 2017
Oxana Poburinnaya, Boston University
IE-ITCSC Joint Seminar
October 31, 2017
Prof. Shlomo Shamai Shitz, Technion − Israel Institute of Technology
CSE-ITCSC Joint Seminar
October 9, 2017
Prof. Venkatesan Guruswami, Carnegie Mellon University
CSE-ITCSC Joint Seminar
May 04, 2017
Prof. Chung-Shou Liao, National Tsing Hua University

Theory Lunch

See Fall 2016 calendar


Fall 2017
CSCI5580 Online Algorithms for Machine Learning and Optimizations by Shengyu Zhang
IERG5200 Channel Coding and Modulation by Pascal Vontobel
IERG6300 Measure Theoretic Probability by Chandra Nair
Spring 2018
CSCI5160 Approximation Algorithms by Siu On Chan
CSCI5320 Topics in Graph Algorithms by Leizhen Cai
CSCI5440 Cryptography by Andrej Bogdanov