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

Pfister, H. D., and P. H. Siegel. “The serial concatenation of rate-1 codes through uniform random interleaves.” Ieee Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 49, no. 6, 2003, pp. 1425–38. Scopus, doi:10.1109/TIT.2003.811907. Full Text

Askar, N. K., et al. “Spectral keying/spl trade/: A novel modulation scheme for UWB systems.” 2003 Ieee Conference on Ultra Wideband Systems and Technologies, Uwbst 2003  Conference Proceedings, 2003, pp. 418–22. Scopus, doi:10.1109/UWBST.2003.1267876. Full Text

Soriaga, Joseph B., et al. On Approaching the Capacity of Finite-State Intersymbol Interference Channels. Springer US, 2002, pp. 365–78. Crossref, doi:10.1007/978-1-4757-3585-7_21. Full Text

Hou, J., et al. “Multilevel coding with low-density parity-check component codes.” Conference Record / Ieee Global Telecommunications Conference, vol. 2, 2001, pp. 1016–20.

Pfister, H. D., et al. “On the achievable information rates of finite state ISI channels.” Conference Record / Ieee Global Telecommunications Conference, vol. 5, 2001, pp. 2992–96.

Hou, J., et al. “Design of low-density parity-check codes for bandwidth efficient modulation.” Proceedings  2001 Ieee Information Theory Workshop, Itw 2001, 2001, pp. 24–26. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ITW.2001.955124. Full Text

Oberg, M., et al. “Parity-accumulate codes for magnetic recording.” Digests of the Intermag Conference, 2000.

PFISTER, H. L., and H. D. PFISTER. “NONCONTACT BODY MEASUREMENT FOR AUTOMATED APPAREL MANUFACTURING.” Factory Automation and Information Management, edited by M. M. AHMAD and W. G. SULLIVAN, CRC PRESS INC, 1991, pp. 529–36.