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, Pfister, HD, and Chamberland, J-F. "On the queueing behavior of Gilbert-Elliott channels in the rare-transition regime." 2012 46th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS). March 21, 2012 - March 23, 2012.: IEEE, March 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." 2011 49th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing (Allerton). September 28, 2011 - September 30, 2011.: IEEE, September 2011. Full Text

Kumar, S, Chamberland, J-F, and Pfister, HD. "Large deviations on empirical service for erasure channels with memory." 2011 49th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing (Allerton). September 28, 2011 - September 30, 2011.: IEEE, September 2011. Full Text

Yedla, A, Pfister, HD, and Narayanan, KR. "Universality for the noisy Slepian-Wolf problem via spatial coupling." 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - ISIT. July 31, 2011 - August 5, 2011.: IEEE, July 2011. Full Text

Hamidi-Sepehr, F, Yi Cai, , Pfister, HD, and Chamberland, J-F. "Queueing behavior of the Gilbert-Elliott channel: BCH codes and Poisson arrivals." 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - ISIT. July 31, 2011 - August 5, 2011.: IEEE, July 2011. Full Text

Kim, B-H, and Pfister, HD. "An Iterative Joint Linear-Programming Decoding of LDPC Codes and Finite-State Channels." ICC 2011 - 2011 IEEE International Conference on Communications. June 5, 2011 - June 9, 2011.: IEEE, June 2011. Full Text

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

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