Henry Pfister

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

Hager, C, and Pfister, HD. "Approaching Miscorrection-Free Performance of Product Codes with Anchor Decoding." Ieee Transactions on Communications 66.7 (July 1, 2018): 2797-2808. Full Text

Häger, C, and Pfister, HD. "Nonlinear interference mitigation via deep neural networks." Optics Infobase Conference Papers Part F84-OFC 2018 (January 1, 2018). Full Text

Häger, C, and Pfister, HD. "Miscorrection-free Decoding of Staircase Codes." European Conference on Optical Communication, Ecoc 2017-September (September 21, 2017): 1-3. Full Text

Charbonneau, P, Li, YC, Pfister, HD, and Yaida, S. "Cycle-expansion method for the Lyapunov exponent, susceptibility, and higher moments." Physical Review. E 96.3-1 (September 18, 2017): 032129-null. Full Text Open Access Copy

Jian, YY, Pfister, HD, and Narayanan, KR. "Approaching Capacity at High Rates with Iterative Hard-Decision Decoding." Ieee Transactions on Information Theory 63.9 (September 1, 2017): 5752-5773. Full Text

Kudekar, S, Kumar, S, Mondelli, M, Pfister, HD, Sasoǧlu, E, and Urbanke, RL. "Reed-muller codes achieve capacity on erasure channels." Ieee Transactions on Information Theory 63.7 (July 1, 2017): 4298-4316. Full Text

Hamidi-Sepehr, F, Chamberland, JF, 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 1, 2015): 3974-3990. Full Text

Hamidi-Sepehr, F, Pfister, HD, and Chamberland, JF. "Delay-Sensitive Communication over Fading Channels: Queueing Behavior and Code Parameter Selection." Ieee Transactions on Vehicular Technology 64.9 (September 1, 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 1, 2014): 7389-7415. 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, 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.

Hager, C, Pfister, HD, Graell i Amat, A, and Brannstrom, F. "Deterministic and ensemble-based spatially-coupled product codes." 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT). July 10, 2016 - July 15, 2016.: IEEE, July 2016. Full Text

Kudekar, S, Pfister, HD, Kumar, S, Şaşoǧlu, E, Mondelli, M, and Urbanke, R. "Reed-Muller codes achieve capacity on erasure channels." June 19, 2016. Full Text

Kumar, S, Vem, A, Narayanan, K, and Pfister, HD. "Spatially-coupled codes for write-once memories." April 4, 2016. Full Text

Kudekar, S, Kumar, S, Mondelli, M, Pfister, HD, Sasoglu, E, and Urbanke, RL. "Reed-Muller codes achieve capacity on erasure channels.": ACM, 2016.

Pfister, HD, Emmadi, SK, and Narayanan, K. "Symmetric product codes." October 27, 2015. Full Text