Applications of Random Matrix Theory and Statistical Physics in Communications and Networks

Over the last few years there has been a flurry of results in the theory of Communications and Networks which draw heavily on Random Matrix Theory and Statistical Physics. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers from both disciplines with interest in applications to present recent results and methodologies.

The workshop will take place on November 17-18, 2014 at the Institut Henri Poincare, 11 Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris, France.  For more specific information please contact A. Moustakas (arislm (at)


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Time Talk Speaker
09:20 - 09:30 AM Introduction – Welcome A. Moustakas, Univ. Athens
09:30 - 10:10 AM The mutual information of a MIMO non-centered time and frequency selective channel: an ergodic operator approach (slides) W. Hachem, CNRS, Paris-Tech, France
10:10 - 10:50 AM Time Reversal for wireless communications (slides) A. Tourin, ESPCI, Paris, France
10:50 - 11:20 AM Coffee Break  
11:20 - 12:00 PM On deterministic equivalents from a free probabilistic perspective (slides) R. Speicher, Saarland Univ., Saarbruecken, Germany
12:00 - 12:40 AM Linear spectral statistics of large sample coherence matrices and their application to the characterization of correlation tests for large observations (slides) X. Mestre, CTTC, Barcelona, Spain
12:40 - 1:20 PM Phase transitions and edge scaling of number variance in Gaussian random matrices (slides) S. Majumdar, CNRS, Univ. Paris-Sud, France
1:20 - 2:40 PM Lunch Break  
2:40 - 3:20 PM Random Matrices for 5G Communications (slides) M. Debbah, Huawei, France
3:20 - 4:00 PM Large Complex Correlated Wishart Matrices: Fluctuations and Asymptotic Independence at the Edges (slides) J. Najim, Univ. Marne La Vallée, France
4:00 - 4:40 PM Coffee Break  
4:40 - 5:20 PM Near extreme eigenvalues of large random Gaussian matrices and applications (slides) G. Schehr, CNRS, Univ. Paris-Sud, France
5:20 - 6:00 PM Statistical physics insight on matrix factorization (slides) L. Zdeborova, CEA Saclay, France
6:00 - 6:40 PM Universal Covariance Formula for Linear Statistics on Random Matrices (slides) P. Vivo, King’s College, London

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Time Talk Speaker
9:00 - 9:40 AM On the optimum asymptotic multiuser efficiency of randomly spread CDMA (slides) R. Mueller, Univ. Erlangen, Germany
9:40 - 10:20 AM Inference of implicit trader communication networks D. Challet, École Centrale Paris, France
10:20 - 10:50 AM Coffee Break  
10:50 - 11:30 AM Statistical physics of learning  in large scale  neural networks R. Zecchina, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
11:30 - 12:10 PM Belief propagation based utilisation in Cognitive Radio Networks (slides) D. Saad, Aston Univ., UK
12:10 - 12:50 PM Featuring the non-backtracking operator  (slides) F. Krzakala, CNRS, ENS, Paris, France
12:50 - 2:30 PM Lunch Break  
2:30 - 3:10 PM TBA A. Tulino, Bell Labs, New Jersey, USA
3:10 - 3:50 PM On the Qubits Dynamics in Random Matrix Environment L. Pastur, Inst. for Low Temperatures, Kharkiv, Ukraine
3:50 - 4:30 PM Coffee Break  
4:30 - 5:10 PM Signal from noise retrieval from one and two-point Green’s functions: A comparison (slides) M. Novak, Univ. Krakow, Poland
5:10 - 5:50 PM Random Matrix Theory and Robust Estimation of Scatter (slides) R. Couillet Supelec, Gif-sur-Yvette, France


  • Aris Moustakas, National Capodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • Mérouane Debbah, Huawei, France
  • Ejder Bastug, Supélec, France