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 in 2003 from the University of California, San Diego and is currently an associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Duke University with a secondary appointment in Mathematics.  Prior to that, he was a professor at Texas A&M University (2006-2014), a post-doctoral fellow at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (2005-2006), and a senior engineer at Qualcomm Corporate R&D in San Diego (2003-2004).

He received the NSF Career Award in 2008 and a Texas A&M ECE Department Outstanding Professor Award in 2010.  He is a coauthor of the 2007 IEEE COMSOC best paper in Signal Processing and Coding for Data Storage and a coauthor of a 2016 Symposium on the Theory of Computing (STOC) best paper.  He served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (2013-2016) and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Information Theory Society (2015-2016).

His current research interests include information theory, communications, probabilistic graphical models, machine learning, and deep neural networks.

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

Hamidi-Sepehr, F, Chamberland, JF, and Pfister, HD. "On the performance of random block codes over finite-state fading channels." December 1, 2012. Full Text

Nguyen, PS, Yedla, A, Pfister, HD, and Narayanan, KR. "Threshold saturation of spatially-coupled codes on intersymbol-interference channels." December 1, 2012. Full Text

Kumar, S, Young, AJ, Maoris, N, and Pfister, HD. "A proof of threshold saturation for spatially-coupled LDPC codes on BMS channels." December 1, 2012. Full Text

Yedla, A, Jian, YY, Nguyen, PS, and Pfister, HD. "A simple proof of threshold saturation for coupled vector recursions." December 1, 2012. Full Text

Hamidi-Sepehr, F, Pfister, HD, and Chamberland, JF. "On the queueing behavior of Gilbert-Elliott channels in the rare-transition regime." November 12, 2012. Full Text

Jian, YY, Pfister, HD, and Narayanan, KR. "Approaching capacity at high rates with iterative hard-decision decoding." October 22, 2012. Full Text

Nguyen, PS, Yedla, A, Pfister, HD, and Narayanan, KR. "On the maximum a posteriori decoding thresholds of multiuser systems with erasures." October 22, 2012. Full Text

Xia, Z, Huff, GH, Chamberland, JF, Pfister, H, and Bhattacharya, R. "Direction of arrival estimation using canonical and crystallographic volumetric element configurations." July 2, 2012. Full Text

Jian, Y-Y, Pfister, HD, and Narayanan, KR. "Approaching capacity at high rates with iterative hard-decision decoding." IEEE, 2012. Full Text

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