- Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Computer Science
- Professor of Computer Science
- Director of the Information Initiative at Duke
- Professor of Mathematics (Joint)
- Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Joint)
- Professor of Physics (Secondary)
Research Areas and Keywords
Algebra & Combinatorics
Signals, Images & Data
Robert Calderbank is Director of the Information Initiative at Duke University, where he is Professor of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics. He joined Duke in 2010, completed a 3 year term as Dean of Natural Sciences in August 2013, and also served as Interim Director of the Duke Initiative in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2012. Before joining Duke he was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics at Princeton University where he also directed the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics.
Before joining Princeton University Dr. Calderbank was Vice President for Research at AT&T. As Vice President for Research he managed AT&T intellectual property, and he was responsible for licensing revenue. AT&T Labs was the first of a new type of research lab where masses of data generated by network services became a giant sandbox in which fundamental discoveries in information science became a source of commercial advantage
At Duke, Dr. Calderbank works with researchers from the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, developing information technology that is able to capture a full spectrum of behavior in very young children. By supporting more consistent and cost-effective early diagnosis, the team is increasing the opportunity for early interventions that have proven very effective.
At the start of his career at Bell Labs, Dr. Calderbank developed voiceband modem technology that was widely licensed and incorporated in over a billion devices. Voiceband means the signals are audible so these modems burped and squeaked as they connected to the internet. One of these products was the AT&T COMSPHERE® modem which was the fastest modem in the world in 1994 – at 33.6kb/s!
Together with Peter Shor and colleagues at AT&T Labs Dr. Calderbank developed the group theoretic framework for quantum error correction. This framework changed the way physicists view quantum entanglement, and provided the foundation for fault tolerant quantum computation.
Dr. Calderbank has also developed technology that improves the speed and reliability of wireless communication by correlating signals across several transmit antennas. Invented in 1996, this space-time coding technology has been incorporated in a broad range of 3G, 4G and 5G wireless standards. He served on the Technical Advisory Board of Flarion Technologies a wireless infrastructure company founded by Rajiv Laroia and acquired by Qualcomm for $1B in 2008.
Dr. Calderbank is an IEEE Fellow and an AT&T Fellow, and he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2005. He received the 2013 IEEE Hamming Medal for contributions to coding theory and communications and the 2015 Shannon Award.
Wu, Y, Jia, T, Calderbank, R, Duel-Hallen, A, and Hallen, H. "Enabling code diversity for mobile radio channels using long-range fading prediction." IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications 11.12 (2012): 4362-4371. Full Text
Nokleby, M, Bajwa, WU, Calderbank, R, and Aazhang, B. "Toward resource-optimal averaging consensus over the wireless medium." Conference Record - Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers (2012): 1197-1201. Full Text
Calderbank, R, Jafarpour, S, and Nastasescu, M. "Covering radius and the Restricted Isometry Property." 2011 Ieee Information Theory Workshop, Itw 2011 (December 21, 2011): 558-562. Full Text
Yiyue Wu, , Viswanathan, H, Klein, T, Haner, M, and Calderbank, R. "Capacity Optimization in Networks with Heterogeneous Radio Access Technologies." 2011 Ieee Global Telecommunications Conference Globecom 2011 (December 2011). Full Text
Dang, W, Pezeshki, A, Howard, S, Moran, W, and Calderbank, R. "Coordinating complementary waveforms for sidelobe suppression." Conference Record Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers (December 1, 2011): 2096-2100. Full Text
Nokleby, M, Bajwa, WU, Calderbank, R, and Aazhang, B. "Gossiping in groups: Distributed averaging over the wireless medium." 2011 49th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2011 (December 1, 2011): 1242-1249. Full Text
Applebaum, L, Bajwa, WU, Calderbank, R, and Howard, S. "Choir codes: Coding for full duplex interference management." 2011 49th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton 2011 (December 1, 2011): 1-8. Full Text
Calderbank, R, and Warren, WS. "Imaging the distribution of melanin in human skin lesions with pump-probe microscopy." Optics Infobase Conference Papers (December 1, 2011).
Krishnamurthy, K, Bajwa, WU, Willett, R, and Calderbank, R. "Fast level set estimation from projection measurements." Ieee Workshop on Statistical Signal Processing Proceedings (September 5, 2011): 585-588. Full Text