Henry Pfister

  • Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics (Secondary)
External address: 140 Science Dr., 305 Gross Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 90984, 315 Gross Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 660-5288

Henry D. Pfister received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of California, San Diego in 2003 and is currently an associate professor in the electrical and computer engineering department of Duke University.  Prior to that, he was a professor at Texas A&M University (2006-2014), a post-doc at EPFL (2005-2006), and a senior engineer at Qualcomm Corporate R&D in San Diego (2003-2004).

He received the NSF Career Award in 2008, the Texas A&M ECE Department Outstanding Professor Award in 2010, and was a coauthor of the 2007 IEEE COMSOC best paper in Signal Processing and Coding for Data Storage.  He is currently an associate editor in coding theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (2013-2016) and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Information Theory Society (2015-2016).

His current research interests include information theory, communications, and probabilistic graphical models.  In particular, he is interested in problems related to sensing (e.g., compressed sensing), communication (e.g., coding for single and multiuser channels), storage (e.g., capacity of recording channels), and inference (e.g., collaborative filtering and learning graphical models).

Education & Training
  • Ph.D., University of California at San Diego 2003

Collaborative Research: Advanced Coding Techniques for Next-Generation Optical Communications awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

CIF:Small: Design and Analysis of Spatially-Coupled Coding Systems awarded by Texas A&M University (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Request for Support for U.S. Participants of the 2015 Workshop on Sensing and Analysis of High-Demensional Data awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

Hamidi-Sepehr, F, Chamberland, J-F, and Pfister, HD. "On the Performance of Block Codes Over Finite-State Channels in the Rare-Transition Regime." IEEE Transactions on Communications 63.11 (November 2015): 3974-3990. Full Text

Hamidi-Sepehr, F, Pfister, HD, and Chamberland, J-F. "Delay-Sensitive Communication Over Fading Channels: Queueing Behavior and Code Parameter Selection." IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology 64.9 (September 2015): 3957-3970. Full Text

Kumar, S, Young, AJ, Macris, N, and Pfister, HD. "Threshold Saturation for Spatially Coupled LDPC and LDGM Codes on BMS Channels." IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 60.12 (December 2014): 7389-7415. Full Text

Yedla, A, Jian, Y-Y, Nguyen, PS, and Pfister, HD. "A Simple Proof of Maxwell Saturation for Coupled Scalar Recursions." IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 60.11 (November 2014): 6943-6965. Full Text

Jian, Y-Y, and Pfister, HD. "Convergence of Weighted Min-Sum Decoding Via Dynamic Programming on Trees." IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 60.2 (February 2014): 943-963. Full Text

Kumar, S, Chamberland, J-F, and Pfister, HD. "First-Passage Time and Large-Deviation Analysis for Erasure Channels With Memory." IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 59.9 (September 2013): 5547-5565. Full Text

Yedla, A, Pfister, HD, and Narayanan, KR. "Code Design for the Noisy Slepian-Wolf Problem." IEEE Transactions on Communications 61.6 (June 2013): 2535-2545. Full Text

Parag, P, Chamberland, J-F, Pfister, HD, and Narayanan, K. "Code-Rate Selection, Queueing Behavior, and the Correlated Erasure Channel." IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 59.1 (January 2013): 397-407. Full Text

Yedla, A, Pfister, HD, and Narayanan, KR. "Code Design for the Noisy Slepian-Wolf Problem." IEEE Trans. Communications 61 (2013): 2535-2545. Full Text

Zhang, F, and Pfister, HD. "Verification Decoding of High-Rate LDPC Codes With Applications in Compressed Sensing." IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 58.8 (August 2012): 5042-5058. Full Text

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Kumar, S, Calderbank, R, and Pfister, HD. "Beyond double transitivity: Capacity-achieving cyclic codes on erasure channels." October 21, 2016. Full Text

Hager, C, Amat, AGI, Pfister, HD, and Brannstrom, F. "Density evolution for deterministic generalized product codes with higher-order modulation." October 17, 2016. Full Text

Hager, C, Pfister, HD, Graell I Amat, A, and Brannstrom, F. "Deterministic and ensemble-based spatially-coupled product codes." August 10, 2016. Full Text

Kumar, S, Calderbank, R, and Pfister, HD. "Reed-muller codes achieve capacity on the quantum erasure channel." August 10, 2016. Full Text

Kudekar, S, Kumar, S, Mondelli, M, Pfister, HD, and Urbankez, R. "Comparing the bit-MAP and block-MAP decoding thresholds of reed-muller codes on BMS channels." August 10, 2016. Full Text

Hager, C, Pfister, HD, Amat, AG, and Brannstrom, F. "Density evolution and error floor analysis for staircase and braided codes." August 9, 2016.

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