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

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

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

Yedla, A, Jian, Y-Y, Nguyen, PS, and Pfister, HD. "A simple proof of threshold saturation for coupled vector recursions." IEEE, 2012.

Yedla, A, Nguyen, PS, Pfister, HD, and Narayanan, KR. "Universal codes for the Gaussian MAC via spatial coupling." December 1, 2011. Full Text

Kumar, S, Chamberland, JF, and Pfister, HD. "Large deviations on empirical service for erasure channels with memory." December 1, 2011. Full Text

Yedla, A, Pfister, HD, and Narayanan, KR. "Universality for the noisy Slepian-Wolf problem via spatial coupling." October 26, 2011. Full Text

Hamidi-Sepehr, F, Cai, Y, Pfister, HD, and Chamberland, JF. "Queueing behavior of the Gilbert-Elliott channel: BCH codes and Poisson arrivals." October 26, 2011. Full Text

Yedla, A, Pfister, HD, and Narayanan, KR. "Universality for the noisy Slepian-Wolf problem via spatial coupling." IEEE, 2011. Full Text