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 an associate 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).  His current research interests include information theory, error-correcting codes, quantum computing, and machine learning.

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 has served the IEEE Information Theory Society as a member of the Board of Governors (2019-2022), an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (2013-2016), and a Distinguished Lecturer (2015-2016).  He was also the General Chair of the 2016 North American School of Information Theory.

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

Nguyen, Phong S., et al. “A rate-distortion exponent approach to multiple decoding attempts for Reed-Solomon codes.Isit, IEEE, 2010, pp. 1095–99.

Parag, Parimal, et al. “On the queueing behavior of random codes over a gilbert-elliot erasure channel.Isit, IEEE, 2010, pp. 1798–802.

Kim, Byung-Hak, and Henry D. Pfister. “On the joint decoding of LDPC codes and finite-state channels via linear programming.Isit, IEEE, 2010, pp. 754–58.

Nguyen, P. S., et al. “A rate-distortion perspective on multiple decoding attempts for Reed-Solomon codes.” 2009 47th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2009, 2009, pp. 1235–42. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ALLERTON.2009.5394533. Full Text

Yedla, A., et al. “Can iterative decoding for erasure correlated sources be universal?2009 47th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2009, 2009, pp. 408–15. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ALLERTON.2009.5394794. Full Text

Zhang, F., and H. D. Pfister. “Modulation codes for flash memory based on load-balancing theory.” 2009 47th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2009, 2009, pp. 1039–46. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ALLERTON.2009.5394880. Full Text

Maduike, D., et al. “Design and implementation of physical-layer network-coding protocols.” Conference Record  Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, 2009, pp. 781–87. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ACSSC.2009.5469964. Full Text

Wang, C. W., and H. D. Pfister. “Upper bounds on the MAP threshold of iterative decoding systems with erasure noise.” 2008 5th International Symposium on Turbo Codes and Related Topics, Turbocoding, 2008, pp. 7–12. Scopus, doi:10.1109/TURBOCODING.2008.4658664. Full Text

Zhang, F., and H. D. Pfister. “Compressed sensing and linear codes over real numbers.” 2008 Information Theory and Applications Workshop  Conference Proceedings, Ita, 2008, pp. 558–61. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ITA.2008.4601055. Full Text

Pfister, H. D., and P. H. Siegel. “Joint iterative decoding of LDPC codes for channels with memory and erasure noise.” Ieee Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, vol. 26, no. 2, 2008, pp. 320–37. Scopus, doi:10.1109/JSAC.2008.080209. Full Text