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

Zhang, F, Pfister, HD, and IEEE, . "Compressed Sensing and Linear Codes over Real Numbers." 2008.

Pfister, H, and Siegel, P. "Joint iterative decoding of LDPC codes for channels with memory and erasure noise.": Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2008. Full Text

Zhang, F, and Pfister, HD. "List-Message Passing Achieves Capacity on the q-ary Symmetric Channel for Large q." IEEE GLOBECOM 2007-2007 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference. November 26, 2007 - November 30, 2007.: IEEE, November 2007. Full Text

Diggavi, S, Mitzenmacher, M, and Pfister, HD. "Capacity Upper Bounds for the Deletion Channel." 2007 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory. June 24, 2007 - June 29, 2007.: IEEE, June 2007. Full Text

Soriaga, JB, Pfister, HD, and Siegel, PH. "Determining and Approaching Achievable Rates of Binary Intersymbol Interference Channels Using Multistage Decoding.": Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), April 2007. Full Text

Hou, J, Smee, JE, Soriaga, JB, Chen, J, and Pfister, HD. "WLC08-5: Link-Level Modeling and Performance of CDMA Interference Cancellation." IEEE Globecom 2006. November 27, 2006 - December 1, 2006.: IEEE, November 2006. Full Text

Sason, I, and Pfister, HD. "Recent Results on Capacity-Achieving Codes for the Erasure Channel with Bounded Complexity." 2006 IEEE 24th Convention of Electrical & Electronics Engineers in Israel. November 15, 2006 - November 17, 2006.: IEEE, November 2006. Full Text

Pfister, HD, Sason, I, and Urbanke, R. "Capacity-Achieving Ensembles for the Binary Erasure Channel With Bounded Complexity.": Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), July 2005. Full Text