# Henry Pfister

- 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 a 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.

Soriaga, Joseph B., et al. “On the low-rate Shannon limit for binary intersymbol interference channels..” *Ieee Trans. Communications*, vol. 51, 2003, pp. 1962–64.

Luo, Yi, and Henry Pfister. *Adversarial Defense of Image Classification Using a Variational
Auto-Encoder*.

Häger, Christian, et al. *Revisiting Multi-Step Nonlinearity Compensation with Machine Learning*.

Carpi, Fabrizio, et al. *Reinforcement Learning for Channel Coding: Learned Bit-Flipping Decoding*.

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Jian, Yung-Yih, et al. “Approaching capacity at high rates with iterative hard-decision decoding..” *Isit*, IEEE, 2012, pp. 2696–700.

Hamidi-Sepehr, Fatemeh, et al. “On the performance of random block codes over finite-state fading channels..” *Allerton Conference*, IEEE, 2012, pp. 17–25.

Yedla, Arvind, et al. “A simple proof of threshold saturation for coupled vector recursions..” *Itw*, IEEE, 2012, pp. 25–29.

Yedla, A., et al. “Universal codes for the Gaussian MAC via spatial coupling.” *2011 49th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2011*, 2011, pp. 1801–08. *Scopus*, doi:10.1109/Allerton.2011.6120387.
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Kumar, S., et al. “Large deviations on empirical service for erasure channels with memory.” *2011 49th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2011*, 2011, pp. 1641–48. *Scopus*, doi:10.1109/Allerton.2011.6120365.
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Yedla, A., et al. “Universality for the noisy Slepian-Wolf problem via spatial coupling.” *Ieee International Symposium on Information Theory Proceedings*, 2011, pp. 2567–71. *Scopus*, doi:10.1109/ISIT.2011.6034032.
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Hamidi-Sepehr, F., et al. “Queueing behavior of the Gilbert-Elliott channel: BCH codes and Poisson arrivals.” *Ieee International Symposium on Information Theory Proceedings*, 2011, pp. 1806–10. *Scopus*, doi:10.1109/ISIT.2011.6033861.
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Kim, B. H., and H. D. Pfister. “An iterative joint linear-programming decoding of LDPC codes and finite-state channels.” *Ieee International Conference on Communications*, 2011. *Scopus*, doi:10.1109/icc.2011.5962814.
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Yedla, Arvind, et al. “Universal codes for the Gaussian MAC via spatial coupling..” *Allerton*, IEEE, 2011, pp. 1801–08.

Yedla, Arvind, et al. “Universality for the noisy Slepian-Wolf problem via spatial coupling..” *Isit*, edited by Alexander Kuleshov et al., IEEE, 2011, pp. 2567–71.