Salim El Rouayheb

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Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Illinois Institute of Technology
Siegel Hall 319
Chicago, IL 60616

Phone: 312-567-3481
Fax: 312-567-8976

Coding and Securing Information (CSI) Lab

More information about our research at the CSI Lab can be found here.

Chicago Shannon Centennial

I co-organized the IEEE ITSOC Shannon Centennial Event that was held in Chicago on September 23, 2016.



Teaching ECE 520: Information Theory and Applications in Spring 2017.


  • April 2017: Our paper on Robust Private Information Retrieval on Coded Data was accepted to ISIT 2017.

Short Bio

I am an assistant professor in the ECE Department at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). I was a research scholar at the EE Department at Princeton University (2012-2013) and a postdoc at the EECS department at the University of California, Berkeley (2010-2011). I received my Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, in 2009. During Summer 2006, I was an intern at the Mathematics of Communication Research Department at Bell Labs. I received the NSF CAREER award in 2016, the Texas Telecommunication Engineering Consortium (TXTEC) Graduate Fellowship in 2005 and the Charlie S. Korban award for outstanding graduate student in 2004. My research interests lie in the area of information theoretic security and privacy of data in networks and distributed storage systems.

General Research Interests

  • Information theoretic security in distributed systems

  • Private information retrieval and search

  • Secure machine learning algorithms

  • Data synchronization in distributed systems

Selected Publications

  1. R. Tajeddine and S. El Rouayheb, Private Information Retrieval from MDS Coded Data, IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), July 2016.

  2. R. Bitar and S. El Rouayheb, Staircase Codes for Secret Sharing, IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), July 2016.

  3. S. El Rouayheb, S. Goparaju, H. M. Kiah and O. Milenkovic, Synchronization and Deduplication in Coded Distributed Storage Networks, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, No. 99, December 2015.

  4. S. El Rouayheb, E. Soljanin and A. Sprintson, Secure Network Coding for Wiretap Networks of Type II, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 56, No. 9, March 2012.

  5. S. Pawar, S. El Rouayheb and K. Ramchandran, Securing Dynamic Distributed Storage Systems against Eavesdropping and Adversarial Attacks, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, October 2011.

  6. S. El Rouayheb, A. Sprintson and C. N. Georghiades, On the Index Coding Problem and its Relation to Network Coding and Matroid Theory, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, July 2010.

  7. S. El Rouayheb, M.A.R. Chaudhry and A. Sprintson, On the minimum number of transmissions in single-hop wireless coding networks, IEEE Information Theory Workshop (ITW), September 2007.

List of all publications

Shannon Channel

I am organizing the Shannon Channel on youtube which is series of Google Hangout talks related to the general area of information theory.