Henry Pfister

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.

Education & Training
  • Ph.D., University of California at San Diego 2003

Kudekar, S., and H. D. Pfister. “The effect of spatial coupling on compressive sensing.” 2010 48th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2010, 2010, pp. 347–53. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ALLERTON.2010.5706927. Full Text

Chamberland, J. F., et al. “First-passage time analysis for digital communication over erasure channels with delay-sensitive traffic.” 2010 48th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2010, 2010, pp. 399–405. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ALLERTON.2010.5706934. Full Text

Kim, B. H., et al. “IMP: A message-passing algorithm for matrix completion.” 6th International Symposium on Turbo Codes and Iterative Information Processing, Istc 2010, 2010, pp. 462–66. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ISTC.2010.5613803. Full Text

Yedla, A., et al. “LDPC code design for transmission of correlated sources across noisy channels without CSIT.” 6th International Symposium on Turbo Codes and Iterative Information Processing, Istc 2010, 2010, pp. 467–71. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ISTC.2010.5613829. Full Text

Jian, Y. Y., and H. D. Pfister. “Convergence of weighted min-sum decoding via dynamic programming on coupled trees.” 6th International Symposium on Turbo Codes and Iterative Information Processing, Istc 2010, 2010, pp. 487–91. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ISTC.2010.5613901. Full Text

Nguyen, P. S., et al. “A rate-distortion exponent approach to multiple decoding attempts for Reed-Solomon codes.” Ieee International Symposium on Information Theory  Proceedings, 2010, pp. 1095–99. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ISIT.2010.5513703. Full Text

Kim, B. H., and H. D. Pfister. “On the joint decoding of LDPC codes and finite-state channels via linear programming.” Ieee International Symposium on Information Theory  Proceedings, 2010, pp. 754–58. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ISIT.2010.5513614. Full Text

Parag, P., et al. “On the queueing behavior of random codes over a gilbert-elliot erasure channel.” Ieee International Symposium on Information Theory  Proceedings, 2010, pp. 1798–802. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ISIT.2010.5513296. Full Text

Zhang, F., et al. “LDPC codes for rank modulation in flash memories.” Ieee International Symposium on Information Theory  Proceedings, 2010, pp. 859–63. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ISIT.2010.5513603. Full Text

Parag, P., et al. “Code rate, queueing behavior and the correlated erasure channel.” Ieee Information Theory Workshop 2010, Itw 2010, 2010. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ITWKSPS.2010.5503186. Full Text

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