Yury Polyanskiy is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Dept. of EECS at MIT and a member of LIDS. Yury received the M.S. degree in applied mathematics and physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Moscow, Russia in 2005 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ in 2010. In 2000-2005 he lead the development of the embedded software in the Department of Surface Oilfield Equipment, Borets Company LLC (Moscow). Currently, his research focuses on basic questions in information theory, error-correcting codes, wireless communication and fault-tolerant and defect-tolerant circuits. Dr. Polyanskiy won the 2013 NSF CAREER award and 2011 IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award. Back when he still had spare time, he enjoyed playing with mathematics (especially, algebraic geometry and algebraic topology) and hacking Linux kernel.