The 2009 International Symposium on Information Theory is going on this week in Seoul, Korea. I'm not attending, although it sounds like there's plenty of interesting things going on. Amin Shokrollahi is giving a tutorial on fountain codes, Balaji Prabhakar is talking about models and algorithms for Internet data centers. Some of the plenary talks sound like they'd be of interest to CS folks: Randomized Dimensionality Reduction by Richard Baraniuk, It's Easier to Approximate by David Tse, Combinatorial Reasoning in Information Theory by Noga Alon. Plenty of sessions on low-density parity-check codes and their variations, and network coding. There's something relatively new out there called "Polar codes" that I should learn more about.
It's a bit disappointing to see in the program a lack of what I think of as "CS theorists" at ISIT, though perhaps this year Seoul was just too far to go for a conference that's more tangential to people working on related areas in this group. As I've said before, given the list of topics, one would think there would be more crossover. With eight parallel sessions over 4 1/2 days, there would certainly seem to be room. Maybe next year.
If anyone in the comments wants to point out exciting news or results from ISIT, or other blogs discussing the goings-on, please do so; I'd be happy to hear of news.