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

Hou, J., et al. “Implementing interference cancellation to increase the EV-DO Rev A reverse link capacity.” Ieee Communications Magazine, vol. 44, no. 2, Feb. 2006, pp. 96–102. Scopus, doi:10.1109/MCOM.2006.1593551. Full Text

Pfister, Henry D., et al. “Capacity-achieving ensembles for the binary erasure channel with bounded complexity.Ieee Trans. Inf. Theory, vol. 51, 2005, pp. 2352–79.

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

Pages

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. Full Text

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. Full Text

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. Full Text

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.

Yedla, Arvind, et al. “Universal codes for the Gaussian MAC via spatial coupling.Allerton, IEEE, 2011, pp. 1801–08.

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

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