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
- the SEE Ampère Medal (1997),
- the Golden Jubilee Award for Technological Innovation from the IEEE Information Theory Society (1998),
- the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (2003),
- the France Télécom Grand Prix of the French Academy of Sciences (2005),
- the Marconi Prize (2005).
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.
- 1st symposium – 1997: Brest, France
- 2nd symposium – 2000: Brest, France
- 3rd symposium – 2003: Brest, France
- 4th symposium – 2006: Munich, Germany
- 5th symposium – 2008: Lausanne, Switzerland
- 6th symposium – 2010: Brest, France
- 7th symposium – 2012: Gothenburg, Sweden
- 8th symposium – 2014: Bremen, Germany
- 9th symposium – 2016: Brest, France
- 10th symposium – 2018: Hong Kong
Links to the websites of past ISTC conferences can be found on this website.