Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Emmanuel Abbe

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics

Associated Faculty in Mathematics

Room: B322 Engineering Quadrangle, 212 Fine Hall
Phone: 609-258-4692
Webpage: Abbe Lab:


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008
  • M.S., Mathematics, EPFL, 2003

Emmanuel Abbe received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008, and his M.S. degree from the Department of Mathematics at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 2003. He joined Princeton University as an assistant professor in 2012 and became associate professor in 2016, jointly in the Program for Applied and Computational Mathematics and the Department of Electrical Engineering. He is also an associate faculty in the Department of Mathematics at Princeton University since 2016. He is the recipient of the Foundation Latsis International Prize, the Bell Labs Prize, the NSF CAREER Award, the Google Faculty Research Award and the Walter Curtis Johnson Prize for Teaching Excellence.

Honors and Awards

  • Bell Labs Prize
  • Walter Curtis Johnson Prize for Teaching Excellence
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • Google Faculty Research Award

Selected Publications

  1. R. Chou, M. Bloch, E. Abbe, "Polar coding for secret-key generation",

  2. S. Haghighatshoar, E. Abbe, "A new entropy power inequality over the integers"

  3. S. Haghighatshoar, E. Abbe, "Polarization of the Rényi information dimension for single and multi terminal A2A compression"

  4. E. Abbe, A. Montanari, "On the concentration of the number of solutions of random satisfiability formulas", Random structures and algorithms 2013,

  5. N. Goela, E. Abbe, M. Gastpar, "Polar codes for broadcast channels"

  6. S. Haghighatshoar, E. Abbe, E. Telatar, “Adaptive sensing using deterministic partial Hadamard matrices”, In Proc. ISIT 2012,

  7. E. Abbe, A. Khandani, A. W. Lo, “Privacy-preserving methods in systemic risk", Proc. and Papers of  the American Economical Review (AER) 2012

  8. E. Abbe, "Polarization of correlated sources, distributed compression and secrecy", Allerton 2011 and ITW 2012

  9. E. Abbe, "Mutual information, matroids and extremal dependencies",

  10. E. Abbe, S. L. Huang and E. Telatar, “Proof of the outage probability conjecture for MISO channels”, IEEE Trans. on Information Theory 2012,

  11. E. Abbe, E. Telatar, “Polar Codes for the m-User Multiple Access Channel”, IEEE Trans. on Information Theory 58(8): 5437-5448 (2012)

  12. E. Abbe, "Polar martingale of maximal spread", In Proc. IZS 2012

  13. N. Goela, E. Abbe, M. Gastpar, "Polar coding for the deterministic broadcast channels", In Proc. IZS 2012

  14. E. Abbe, "Polarization and randomness extraction", In Proc. ISIT 2011

  15. E. Abbe, A. Barron, “Polar coding schemes for the AWGN channel”, in Proc. ISIT 2011

  16. E. Abbe, "Extracting randomness and dependencies using a matrix polarization", ITA 2011,

  17. E. Abbe, L. Zheng, "A coordinate system for Gaussian networks", IEEE Trans. on Information Theory, 2011