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

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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Pfister, HD, and Urbanke, R. "Near-optimal finite-length scaling for polar codes over large alphabets." 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT). July 10, 2016 - July 15, 2016.: IEEE, July 2016. Full Text

Reeves, G, and Pfister, HD. "The replica-symmetric prediction for compressed sensing with Gaussian matrices is exact." 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT). July 10, 2016 - July 15, 2016.: IEEE, July 2016. Full Text

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

Kumar, S, Calderbank, R, and Pfister, HD. "Reed-muller codes achieve capacity on the quantum erasure channel." 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT). July 10, 2016 - July 15, 2016.: IEEE, July 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." 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT). July 10, 2016 - July 15, 2016.: IEEE, July 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.

Kudekar, S, Kumar, S, Mondelli, M, Pfister, HD, Şaşoğlu, E, and Urbanke, R. "Reed-Muller codes achieve capacity on erasure channels." the 48th Annual ACM SIGACT Symposium. June 19, 2016 - June 21, 2016.: ACM Press, 2016. Full Text

Kumar, S, Vem, A, Narayanan, K, and Pfister, HD. "Spatially-coupled codes for write-once memories." 2015 53rd Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control and Computing (Allerton). September 29, 2015 - October 2, 2015.: IEEE, September 2015. Full Text

Lian, M, and Pfister, HD. "Belief-propagation reconstruction for compressed sensing: Quantization vs. Gaussian approximation." 2015 53rd Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control and Computing (Allerton). September 29, 2015 - October 2, 2015.: IEEE, September 2015. Full Text

Li, S, Huang, Y-C, Liu, T, and Pfister, HD. "On the limits of treating interference as noise for two-user symmetric Gaussian interference channels." 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT). June 14, 2015 - June 19, 2015.: IEEE, June 2015. Full Text

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