The International Symposium on Turbo Codes & Iterative Information Processing (ISTC), now on its 10th iteration since its creation in 1997, is being held outside Europe for the first time. On behalf of the organizing committee, we warmly welcome all of you to Hong Kong. This year we will have, besides normal contributed sessions, seven special sessions and 15 prominent keynote speakers. The scope of ISTC has been continuously expanding over the years. This time we are aiming at widening the program spectrum to cover the traditional topics on turbo/LDPC/polar codes and iterative receivers, as well as the emerging ones such as iterative biomedical signal processing and approximate message passing (AMP).
Technical issues aside, we also wish that you use this opportunity to explore Hong Kong, a vibrant city that is frequently described as a place where “East meets West“. Not only this, 40 percent of its land is dedicated to country parks, which is a lesser known fact. December is the best season in this part of the world. The weather is likely to be sunny, cool, and pleasant, with temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius. You can find many scenic hiking trails, picturesque beaches, and peaceful fishing villages that form the countryside, in addition to the legendary shopping streets and internationally renowned cuisines in downtown Hong Kong. When you arrive, you may still see the destruction super-typhoon Mangkhut wreaked in Hong Kong recently in September, felling tens of thousands of trees. Hong Kong went through this natural disaster with a few minor injuries, no fatalities, and a swift return to normal life, embodying the perseverant spirit of the people of Hong Kong. We wish you will enjoy your Hong Kong experience amongst the friendly and welcoming local residents.
We would like to thank you all for your enthusiastic and continued support of ISTC. We hope that this ISTC will offer a rewarding time for you to make your findings known to the community, to engage in the recent discoveries of others, to initiate future collaborations and to rekindle past friendships.