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Goal Oriented and Semantic Communications

Date : 10-11-2023
Lieu : INRIA, 2 rue Simone Iff, Paris (12ème) Salle JL Lions au RDC du bâtiment C

Thèmes scientifiques :
  • D - Télécommunications : compression, protection, transmission

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13 personnes membres du GdR ISIS, et 18 personnes non membres du GdR, sont inscrits à cette réunion.

Capacité de la salle : 60 personnes.



Practically, all contemporary wireless systems are built upon fundamental communication principles of Claude Shannon, who, in his seminal work, has deliberately considered the semantic aspects and the effectiveness of transmitted messages as irrelevant to the communication problem. Establishing this dichotomy between information content and its significance has been instrumental in achieving reliability and efficiency in information transmission over noisy channels.

However, today's wireless networks have started catering to cyber-physical and mission-critical systems, such as swarm robotics, self-driving cars, and smart Internet of Things. Fueled by the emergence of networks of autonomous agents with advanced sensing, learning, and decision-making capabilities, emerging communication systems are expected to efficiently and effectively handle and transport massive volumes of multimodal data, which is acquired, fused, and/or processed in different geographical locations. A fundamental shift in thinking is necessary to design communication systems for scenarios entailing event-driven and interactive communication, status updates transmission, and autonomous decision making. Goal-oriented semantic communication has recently emerged as a promising paradigm shift.

This GDR ISIS meeting will address the open questions and key challenges related to this change of paradigm. They can be related to information theory, digital communication considerations, signal processing, learning, system optimization, etc.

Call for contributions

If you wish to present your work during this meeting (20' including questions and discussion), please send us a short summary of what you plan to present (1 page), including the context, the objectives and methodology and the references of the related papers from the presenter. The papers will be selected according to the program coherency and, if possible, a balanced representation of laboratories.

To propose a contribution: send an email with your proposal to laurent.clavier(at)imt-nord-europe(dot)fr; malcom.egan(at)inria(dot)fr; marios.kountouris(at)eurecom(dot)fr.

Invited speakers

  • Nikolaos Pappas, Linköping Univ., Suède
  • Deniz Gunduz, Imperial College London

Important dates

  • Application submission closing 20-10-2023
  • Confirmation of Acceptance 27-10-2023
  • Meeting date 10-11-2023


The Day is co-organized by the project NF-FOUNDS (Foundations of Communication Networks) from the Network of the Future PEPR.


9h15 9h45 Welcome

9h45 9h55 Introduction

9h55 10h40 Nikolaos Pappas; Linkoping Univ., Suède

10h40 11h10 Break

11h10 11h30 Giuseppe Serra, Perceptual Metrics as a Semantic Fidelity Measure: the Role of the Rate-Distortion-Perception Function
11h30 11h50 Tom Bordin, Semantic based generative compression of images for extremely low bitrates
11h50 12h10 Maël Le Treust, Strategic Lossy Source Coding
12h10 12h30 Jiahui Wei, Information-Theoretic Bounds and Practical Coding Schemes for Parametric Regression

12h30 14h00 Lunch

14h00 14h45 Deniz Gunduz; Imperial College London

14h45 15h15 Break

15h15 15h35 Malcolm Egan, Goal Oriented Communications
15h35 15h55 Salah E. Elayoubi, M. Ferreira Da Costa, Goal-Oriented Communications for Distributed Sensing of Gaussian Sources
15h55 16h15 Hang Zou, Goal-oriented quantization
16h15 16h35 Elsa Dupraz, Practical coding schemes for Distributed Hypothesis Testing

16h35 17h00 Discussion

17h00 End