- Professor of Computer Science
- Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Joint)
- Professor of Mathematics (Joint)
- Director of the Information Initiative at Duke
- Professor of Physics (Secondary)
- Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Computer Science
Research Areas and Keywords
Algebra & Combinatorics
Signals, Images & Data
Robert Calderbank is Director of the Information Initiative at Duke University, where he is Professor of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics. He joined Duke in 2010, completed a 3 year term as Dean of Natural Sciences in August 2013, and also served as Interim Director of the Duke Initiative in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2012. Before joining Duke he was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics at Princeton University where he also directed the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics.
Before joining Princeton University Dr. Calderbank was Vice President for Research at AT&T. As Vice President for Research he managed AT&T intellectual property, and he was responsible for licensing revenue. AT&T Labs was the first of a new type of research lab where masses of data generated by network services became a giant sandbox in which fundamental discoveries in information science became a source of commercial advantage
At Duke, Dr. Calderbank works with researchers from the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, developing information technology that is able to capture a full spectrum of behavior in very young children. By supporting more consistent and cost-effective early diagnosis, the team is increasing the opportunity for early interventions that have proven very effective.
At the start of his career at Bell Labs, Dr. Calderbank developed voiceband modem technology that was widely licensed and incorporated in over a billion devices. Voiceband means the signals are audible so these modems burped and squeaked as they connected to the internet. One of these products was the AT&T COMSPHERE® modem which was the fastest modem in the world in 1994 – at 33.6kb/s!
Together with Peter Shor and colleagues at AT&T Labs Dr. Calderbank developed the group theoretic framework for quantum error correction. This framework changed the way physicists view quantum entanglement, and provided the foundation for fault tolerant quantum computation.
Dr. Calderbank has also developed technology that improves the speed and reliability of wireless communication by correlating signals across several transmit antennas. Invented in 1996, this space-time coding technology has been incorporated in a broad range of 3G, 4G and 5G wireless standards. He served on the Technical Advisory Board of Flarion Technologies a wireless infrastructure company founded by Rajiv Laroia and acquired by Qualcomm for $1B in 2008.
Dr. Calderbank is an IEEE Fellow and an AT&T Fellow, and he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2005. He received the 2013 IEEE Hamming Medal for contributions to coding theory and communications and the 2015 Shannon Award.
Chi, Y, Eldar, YC, and Calderbank, R. "PETRELS: Subspace estimation and tracking from partial observations." ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings (2012): 3301-3304. Full Text
Chen, M, Carson, W, Rodrigues, M, Calderbank, R, and Carin, L. "Communications inspired linear discriminant analysis." Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Machine Learning, ICML 2012 1 (2012): 919-926. Open Access Copy
Simpson, MJ, Wilson, JW, Matthews, TE, Duarte, M, Calderbank, R, and Warren, WS. "Imaging the distribution of melanin in human skin lesions with pump-probe microscopy." Optics InfoBase Conference Papers (December 1, 2011).
Thejaswi, PSC, Bennatan, A, Zhang, J, Calderbank, AR, and Cochran, D. "Layered coding for interference channels with partial transmitter side information." IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 57.5 (2011): 2765-2780. Full Text
Wu, Y, Zheng, H, Calderbank, R, Kulkarni, S, and Poor, HV. "On optimal precoding in wireless multicast systems." ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings (2011): 3068-3071. Full Text
Chi, Y, Scharf, LL, Pezeshki, A, and Calderbank, AR. "Sensitivity to basis mismatch in compressed sensing." IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing 59.5 (2011): 2182-2195. Full Text
Goparaju, S, Calderbank, AR, Carson, WR, Rodrigues, MRD, and Perez-Cruz, F. "When to add another dimension when communicating over MIMO channels." ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings (2011): 3100-3103. Full Text
Sirinaunpiboon, S, Calderbank, AR, and Howard, SD. "Fast essentially maximum likelihood decoding of the Golden code." IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 57.6 (2011): 3537-3541. Full Text
Wolff, J, Martens, M, Jafarpour, S, Daubechies, I, and Calderbank, R. "Uncovering elements of style." ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings (2011): 1017-1020. Full Text
Chi, Y, Gomaa, A, Al-Dhahir, N, and Calderbank, R. "MMSE-optimal training sequences for spectrally-efficient Multi-User MIMO-OFDM systems." European Signal Processing Conference (2011): 634-638.