Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

H. Vincent Poor

Michael Henry Strater University Professor

Room: B330 Engineering Quadrangle
Phone: 609-258-1816

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Princeton University, 1977
  • M.A., in Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, 1976
  • M.S., in Electrical Engineering, Auburn University, 1974
  • B.E.E., with Highest Honor, Auburn University, 1972

     My current research activities are focused on advances in several fields of rapid technology development, notably wireless networks and energy systems.

    The dramatic increase in demand for new capacity and higher performance has been a major issue in the design and deployment of contemporary wireless networks. The development of these capabilities is severely limited by the scarcity of two of the principal resources in wireless networks: energy and bandwidth. Emerging generations of wireless standards and applications such as Internet of Things (IoT) are addressing these issues through the use of techniques such as cooperative communications, spectrum sharing, energy harvesting, cloud processing and densification of infrastructure. One focus of our recent work in wireless networks has addressed the fundamental limits of such techniques through information theoretic and related analyses of high-reliability and low-latency communications. Another focus has been on the development and analysis of new signaling and networking structures, such as non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) and cloud radio access networks (C-RANs), designed to enable the techniques noted above. A further issue that we are addressing is the fundamental ability of the physics of the radio channel to provide security in data transmission, and the development of codes and other methods to exploit this capability.

     Our work in energy systems has focused on smart grid, which has emerged as a key technology for improving the efficiency, efficacy and security of the distribution and consumption of electric power, and particularly for the integration of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power into the electricity grid. Our work in this area has focused on the use of advanced methods from communications and information technology to address several issues arising in this context, including the detection and amelioration of bad data and physical attacks on the grid, the study of privacy issues for both operators and consumers, the development of distributed algorithms for state estimation and control of the grid and the use of game theory and prospect theory to develop an understanding of the behavior of grid participants.

Preprints of recent and forthcoming publications describing this research can be found on the ArXiv website:

Other publications describing recent research progress in related areas can be found there as well.

Honors and Awards

  • Moore Distinguished Scholar, California Institute of Technology (2019-21)
  • Fellow, Hagler Institute for Advanced Study, Texas A&M University (2018-21)
  • D.Eng., honoris causa, University of Waterloo (2019)
  • ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award (2019)
  • IEEE Jack Neubauer Memorial Award (2018)
  • IEEE Heinrich Hertz Prize Paper Award (2018)
  • Foreign Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences (elected 2017)
  • D.Sc., honoris causa, Syracuse University (2017)
  • IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal (2017)
  • Honorary Member, National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea (elected 2017)
  • Foreign Member, National Academy of Engineering of Korea (elected 2017)
  • Fellow, International Union of Radio Science (URSI) (elected 2017)
  • Best Paper Award Award, Ministry of Science and ICT of Korea  (1st prize) (2017)
  • Miller Visiting Research Professor, University of California, Berkeley (Spring 2017)
  • John Fritz Medal (2016)
  • Honorary Professor, Tsinghua University (elected 2016)
  • Honorary Professor, Peking University (elected 2016)
  • Best Paper Award, German Information Technology Society (ITG-Preis) (2016)
  • Fellow, National Academy of Inventors (elected 2015)
  • Fellow, The World Academy of Sciences (elected 2015)
  • Outstanding Mentorship Award, IEEE Women in Communications Engineering (2015)
  • EURASIP Athanasios Papoulis Award (2015)
  • D.Sc. honoris causa, Aalto University (2014)
  • Foreign Member, Royal Society (elected 2014)
  • Distinguished Chair Professor for Research, National Taiwan University (appointed 2014)
  • URSI Booker Gold Medal (2014)
  • Member, State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame (inducted 2014)
  • Best Paper Awards, EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications & Networking (2014, 2009, 2006)
  • Corresponding Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh (elected 2013)
  • Foreign Member, Academia Europaea (elected 2013)
  • Best Paper Award, EMO Bilmisel Dergi (2013)
  • D.Eng. honoris causa, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2012)
  • D.Tech. honoris causa, Aalborg University (2012)
  • Fellow, Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) (elected 2012)
  • Royal Academy Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Imperial College London (Fall 2012)
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences (elected 2011)
  • Society Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society (2011)
  • IEEE Information Theory Paper Award (2011)
  • D.Sc. honoris causa, University of Edinburgh (2011)
  • IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award (2011)
  • IET Ambrose Fleming Medal for Achievement in Communications (2010)
  • International Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering (U.K.) (elected 2009)
  • Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award, IEEE Communications Society (2009)
  • Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award, IEEE Information Theory Society (2008)
  • Eminent Member, Eta Kappa Nu (elected 2008)
  • IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications (2007)
  • Technical Achievement Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society (2007)
  • IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr., Education Medal (2005)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (elected 2005)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Tau Beta Pi (2005)
  • William E. Sayle Award for Achievement in Education, IEEE Education Society (2005)
  • IEEE EAB Major Educational Innovation Award (2004)
  • Distinguished Teacher Award, Princeton School of Engineering & Applied Science (2003)
  • Fellow, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) (elected 2003)
  • Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2002)
  • NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars (2002)
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering (U.S.) (elected 2001)
  • Fellow, Optical Society of America (elected 2001)
  • Fellow, Institute of Mathematical Statistics (elected 2001)
  • IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award (2001)
  • Joint Paper Award, IEEE Communications and Information Theory Societies (2000)
  • IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000)
  • Distinguished Member Award, IEEE Control Systems Society (1994)
  • ASEE Frederick Emmons Terman Award (1992)
  • Fellow, Acoustical Society of America (elected 1992)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected 1991)
  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (elected 1987)

Selected Publications

  1. Multiple Access Techniques for 5G Wireless Networks and Beyond. Edited, with Mojtaba Vaezi and Zhiguo Ding. (Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, 2019).

  2. “Peer Prediction Based Trustworthiness Evaluation and Trustworthy Service Rating in Social Networks,” (with Jun Du, Erol Gelenbe, Chunxiao Jiang, Haijun Zhang and Yong Ren). IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Vol. 14, No. 6, pp. 1582 – 1594, June 2019.

  3. “A Motivational Game-Theoretic Approach for Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading in the Smart Grid,” (with Wayes Tushar, Tapan Kumar Saha, Chau Yuen, Thomas Morstyn, Malcolm D. McCulloch and Kristin L. Wood). Applied Energy, Vol. 243, pp. 10 – 20, June 2019.

  4. “Secure Short-Packet Communications for Mission-Critical IoT Applications,” (with Hui-Ming Wang, Qian Yang and Zhiguo Ding). IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 18, No. 5, pp. 2565 – 2578, May 2019.

  5. “Caching with Time Domain Buffer Sharing,” (with Wei Chen). IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 67, No. 4, pp. 2730 – 2745, April 2019.

  6. “Influence of Conformist and Manipulative Behaviors on Public Opinion,” (with Seyed Rasoul Etesami, Sadegh Bolouki, Angelia Nedich and Tamer Basar). IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 202 – 214, March 2019.

  7. “Amplitude Constrained MIMO Channels: Properties of Optimal Input Distributions and Bounds on the Capacity,” (with Alex Dytso, Mario Goldenbaum and Shlomo Shamai). Entropy, Vol. 21, No. 2, Article 200. [Open access.]

  8. “Impact of Non-orthogonal Multiple Access on the Offloading of Mobile Edge Computing,” (with Zhiguo Ding and Pingzhi Fan). IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 67, No. 1, pp. 375 – 390, January 2019.

  9. “Fundamentals of Wireless Information and Power Transfer: From RF Energy Harvester Models to Signal and System Designs,” (with Bruno Clerckx, Rui Zhang, Robert Schober, Derrick Wing Kwan Ng and Dong Im Kim). IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Issue on Wireless Transmission of Information and Power, Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 4 – 33, January 2019.

  10. “Data Center Demand Response with On-site Renewable Generation: A Bargaining Approach,” (with Xuanyu Cao and Junshan Zhang). IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Vol. 26, No. 6, pp. 2707 – 2720, December 2018.

  11. “Analytical Properties of Generalized Gaussian Distributions,” (with Alex Dytso, Ronit Bustin and Shlomo Shamai). Journal of Statistical Distributions and Applications, Vol. 5, No. 6, 2018. [Open access article.]

  12. “Privacy-Aware Smart Metering: Progress and Challenges,” (with Giulio Giaconi and Deniz Gündüz). IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Vol. 25, No. 6, pp. 59 – 78, November 2018.

  13. “Probabilistic Modeling of Pseudorabies Virus Infection in a Neural Circuit,” (with Siamak Sorooshyari and Matthew Taylor). Journal of Computational Biology, Vol 25, No. 11, pp. 1231 – 1246, November 2018.

  14. “Differentiated Service-Aware Group-Paging for Massive Machine-Type Communications,” (with Wei Cao, Alex Dytso, Gang Feng and Zhi Chen). IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 66, No. 11, pp. 5444 – 5456, November 2018.

  15. “Scaling Probabilistic Tensor Subspace Learning to Massive Data,” (with Lei Cheng and Yik-Chung Wu). IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol 66, No. 21, pp. 5534 – 5548, November 1, 2018.

  16. “Ultrareliable and Low-Latency Wireless Communication: Tail, Risk and Scale,” (with Mehdi Bennis and Mérouane Debbah). Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 106, No. 10, pp. 1834 – 1853, October 2018.

  17. “On the Efficiency of Online Social Learning Networks,” (with Christopher G. Brinton, Swapna Buccapatnam, Liang Zheng, Da Cao, Andrew Lan, Felix Ming Fai Wong, Sangtae Ha and Mung Chiang). IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking,Vol. 26, No. 5, pp. 2076 – 2089, October 2018.

  18. “IoT for Green Building Management:Disruptive Innovations Through Low-Cost Sensor Technology and Artificial Intelligence,” (with Wayes Tushar, Nipun Wijerathne, Wen-Tai Li, Chau Yuen, Tapan Saha and Kristin L. Wood). IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Vol. 35, No. 5, pp. 100 – 110, September 2018.

  19. “Approaches to Secure Inference in the Internet of Things: Performance Bounds, Algorithms, and Effective Attacks on IoT Sensor Networks,” (with Jiangfan Zhang and Rick S. Blum). IEEE Signal Processing Magazine,Vol. 35, No. 5, pp. 50 - 63, September 2018.

  20. “Low-Latency Millimeter-Wave Communications: Traffic Dispersion or Network Densification?” (with Guang Yang and Ming Xiao). IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 66, No. 8, pp. 3526 – 3539, August 2018.

  21. “A Virtual-Queue Based Algorithmfor Constrained Online Convex Optimization with Applications to Data Center Resource Allocation,” (with Xuanyu Cao and Junshan Zhang). IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing – Issue on Signal and Information Processing for Critical Infrastructures, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 703 – 716, August 2018.

  22. “Analytical Properties of Shannon’s Capacity of Arbitrarily Varying Channels under List Decoding: Super-Additivity and Discontinuity Behavior,” (with Holger Boche and Rafael F. Schaefer). Problems of Information Transmission, Vol. 54, No. 3, pp. 199 – 228, July 2018.

  23. “Strong Secrecy for Interference Channels Based on Channel Resolvability,” (with Zhao Wang, Rafael F. Schaefer, Mikael Skoglund and Ming Xiao). IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 64, No. 7, pp. 5110 - 5130, July 2018.

  24. “Is Self-Interference in Full-Duplex Communications a Foe or a Friend?” (with Animesh Yadav and Octavia A. Dobre).  IEEE Signal Processing Letters, Vol 25, No. 7, pp. 951 – 955, July 2018.

  25. “Cyber Insurance for Heterogeneous Wireless Networks,” (with Xiao Lu, Dusit Niyato, Hai Jiang and Ping Wang). IEEE Communications Magazine - Special Section on Heterogeneous Ultra Dense Networks, Vol. 56, No. 6, pp. 21 - 27, June 2018.