Information Theoretic Duets: The IEEE ISIT 2022 Student Competition

The IEEE IT Society Student and Outreach Subcommittee is proud to present the “Information Theoretic Duets Competition”, an online challenge to give students the opportunity to work with a mentor and a teammate, create a five-minute video, win prizes, and gain recognition for their work! Team up for competition, collaborate for life!


1st Place: Private Set Intersection (Video)


2nd Place: On Weight Distribution of Polar Codes (Video)


Sajani Pallegoda Vithana (University of Maryland)

Amir Masoud Jafarpisheh (Sharif University of Technology)


Malek Ellouze (Université de Bordeaux)

Charles Pillet (IMT Atlantique)

3rd Place: Binary Hypothesis Testing with Deterministic Machine (Video)


4th Place: Active Learning for Classification with Abstention (Video)



Yuxin Liu (Caltech)

Hari Krishnan (TIFR)

Aryan Tomar (IITR)


Rajarshi Saha (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Arpan Mukherjee (Stanford)

As a student participant in the competition, you will

  • Be a part of a team formed by two students, each from a different university. You are free to choose your teammate, or you can request the Student and Outreach Subcommittee to pair you up with another participant. You and your teammate will collaborate in preparing a five-minute video focusing on a research paper.
  • Interact with a mentor to prepare a video describing ideas in one of their research papers. You can choose your mentor from a list of volunteers who were finalists for past years’ Jack K. Wolf Best Paper awards (ISIT best student paper award), and create a video about their nominated paper or choose one of their papers and contact the mentor together with your teammate directly. Mentors have kindly agreed to be available for an online meeting with each team during the competition to provide advice to the participating students.
  • Collaborate on making and uploading a short video with your conversation explaining these ideas to the ISIT audience. The video should not be more than five minutes long. It should be uploaded to this link no later than Tuesday, June 21
  • Win prizes! Four videos will be selected by a jury composed of three members of the Student and Outreach Subcommittee. Each winning team will receive a $400 USD prize! The videos will be scored based on creativity, clarity, and evidence of collaboration.
  • Get visibility within the IT community. The four winning videos will be uploaded to the IEEE IT Society YouTube Channel and the winners will be recognized during ISIT 2022. Take a look at the three winning videos of the ISIT 2021 student online challenge (Video 1, Video 2, Video 3).

Participating students should be Student Members of IT Society at the time of registration, and should register no later than Saturday, May 28, by filling the form at this link. The teams will be announced by Tuesday, May 31.

Organized by the IEEE IT Society Student and Outreach Subcommittee (Farhad Shirani, Onur Günlü, Navid NaderiAlizadeh, Siyao Li, Neha Sangwan, I-Hsiang Wang)