Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

H. Vincent Poor

Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering

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, energy systems and social networks.
    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 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 relay and interference channels, and the role of feedback in improving communications performance in such channels. 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.
     In the area of social networks, our work has focused on understanding and modeling the connectivity of small-world networks, and on the role of social interaction on collaborative sensing and decision-making tasks.
     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

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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. “Universal Compressed Sensing for Almost Lossless Recovery,” (with Shirin Jalali). IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 63, No. 5, pp. 2933 – 2953, May 2017.

  2. “Content Pushing with Request Delay Information,” (with Wei Chen). IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 65, No. 3, pp. 1146 – 1161, March 2017.

  3. "Cloud Storage Defense Against Advanced Persistent Threats: A Prospect Theoretic Study,” (with Liang Xiao, Dongjin Xu, Caixia Xie and Narayan B. Mandayam). IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Special Issue on Game Theory for Networks, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 534 – 544, March 2017. 

  4. “On Simultaneously Generating Multiple Keys in Joint Source-Channel Model,” (with Wenwen Tu, Mario Goldenbaum and Lifeng Lai). IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Vol. 12, No.2, pp. 298 – 308, February 2017.

  5. “Secrecy Rate Beamforming for Multi-cell Networks with Information and Energy Harvesting,” (with Ali Arshad Nasir, Hoang Duong Tuan, Trung Quang Duong). IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 65, No. 3, pp. 677 - 689, February 1, 2017. 

  6. “Probabilistic Tensor Canonical Polyadic Decomposition with Orthogonal Factors,” (with Lei Cheng and Yik-Chung Wu). IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 65, No. 3, pp. 663 – 676, February 1, 2017.

  7. “Wireless Physical Layer Security,” (inaugural article, with Rafael F. Schaefer). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, Vol. 114, No.1, pp. 19 - 26, January 3, 2017.

  8. “Learning-Based Distributed Detection-Estimation in Sensor Networks with Unknown Sensor Defects,” (with Qing Zhou, Di Li, Soummya Kar, Lauren Huie and Shuguang Cui). IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 65, No. 1, pp. 130 – 145, January 1, 2017.

  9. “Secrecy Rate Optimizations for Secure Multicast Communications,” (with Kanapathippillai Cumanan, Zhiguo Ding, and Mai Xu). IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing - Issue on Exploiting Interference towards Energy Efficient and Secure Wireless Communications, Vol. 10, No. 8, pp. 1417 – 1432, December 2016.

  10. “Distributed Constrained Recursive Nonlinear Least-Squares Estimation: Algorithms and Asymptotics,” (with Anit Kumar Sahu, Soummya Kar and José M. F. Moura). IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks – Special Issue on Inference and Learning over Networks, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 426 – 441, December 2016.

  11. “Load Shifting in the Smart Grid: To Participate or Not?” (with Yunpeng Wang, Walid Saad and Narayan B. Mandayam). IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol. 7, No. 8, pp. 2604 – 2614, November 2016.

  12. “Hypergraph Based Wireless Distributed Storage Optimization for Cellular D2D Underlays,” (with Li Wang, Huaqing Wu, Yinan Ding and Wei Chen). IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Special Issue on Spectrum Sharing and Aggregation for Future Wireless Networks, Vol. 34, No. 10, pp. 2650 – 2666, October 2016.

  13. “Quickest Linear Search over Correlated Sequences,” (with Javad Heydari and Ali Tajer). IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 62, No. 10, pp. 5786 – 5808, October 2016.

  14. “Security Games with Unknown Adversarial Strategies,” (with Andrey Garnaev and Melike Baykal-Gursoy). IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, Vol. 46, No 10, pp. 2291 - 2299, October 2016.

  15. “Relay-Aided Space-Time Beamforming for Interference Networks with Partial Channel Knowledge,” (with Wonjae Shin, Namyoon Lee and Jungwoo Lee). IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 64, No. 19, pp. 5119 – 5130, October 1, 2016.

  16. “Secrecy Performance of Finite-Sized Cooperative Single Carrier Systems with Unreliable Backhaul Connections,” (with Kyeong Jin Kim, Phee Lep Yeoh and Philip V. Orlik). IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 64, No. 17, pp. 4403 – 4416, September 1, 2016.

  17. “On Rate, Secrecy, and Network Connectivity Tradeoffs for Wireless Networks,” (with Ruolin Zhang and Cristina Comaniciu). IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 20, No. 8, pp. 1559 – 1562, August 2016.

  18. “Impact of User Pairing on 5G Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access Downlink Transmissions,” (with Zhiguo Ding and Pingzhi Fan). IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 65, No. 8, pp. 6010 – 6023, August 2016.

  19. “Relay Selection for Cooperative NOMA,” (with Zhiguo Ding and Huaiyu Dai). IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 416 - 419, August 2016.

  20. “Machine Learning Methods for Attack Detection in the Smart Grid,” (with Mete Ozay, Iñaki Esnaola, Fatos T. Yarman Vural and Sanjeev R. Kulkarni). IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, Vol. 27, No. 8, pp. 1773 – 1786, August 2016.

  21. “Disintegrated Channel Estimation in Filter-and-Forward Relay Networks,” (with Kao-Peng Chou and Jia-Chin Lin). IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 64, No. 7, pp. 2835 – 2847, July 2016.

  22. “Maximum Distortion Attacks in Electricity Grids,” (with Iñaki Esnaola, Samir M. Perlaza and Oliver Kosut). IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 2007 – 2015, July 2016.

  23. “Cooperation of Storage Operation in a Power Network with Renewable Generation,” (with Subhash Lakshminarayana, Yunjian Xu and Tony Q. S. Quek). IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 2108 – 2122, July 2016.

  24. “Mining MOOC Clickstreams: Video-Watching Behavior vs. In-Video Quiz Performance,” (with Christopher Brinton, Swapna Buccapatnan, and Mung Chiang). IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 64, No. 14, pp. 3677 – 3692, July 15, 2016.

  25. “Training Design for Channel Estimation in Uplink Cloud Radio Access Networks,” (with Qiang Hu, Mugen Peng and Xinqian Xie). IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 64, No. 3, pp. 3324 – 3337, July 1, 2016.

  26. “A General MIMO Framework for NOMA Downlink and Uplink Transmission Based on Signal Alignment,” (with Zhiguo Ding and Robert Schober). IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 15, No. 6, pp. 4438 – 4454, June 2016.

  27. “Wireless Information and Power Transfer in Multiway Massive MIMO Relay Networks,” (with Gayan Amarasuriya and Erik G. Larsson).  IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 15, No. 6, pp. 3387 – 3855, June 2016.

  28. “Delay-Energy Tradeoff in Multicast Traffic Scheduling for Green 5G Cellular Systems,” (with Chuan Huang, Junshan Zhang and Shuguang Cui). IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications: Series on Green Communications and Networking, Vol. 34, No. 5, pp. 1235 – 1249, May 2016.

  29. “Cluster Content Caching: An Energy-Efficient Approach to Improve Quality of Service in Cloud Radio Access Networks,” (with Zhongyuan Zhao, Mugen Peng, Zhiguo Ding and Wenbo Wang). IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications: Series on Green Communications and Networking, Vol. 34, No. 5, pp. 1207 – 1221, May 2016.

  30. “Near-Optimal Modulo-and-Forward Scheme for the Untrusted Relay Channel,” (with Shengli Zhang, Lisheng Fan and Mugen Peng). IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 62, No. 5, pp. 2545 - 2556, May 2016.

  31. “Energy Storage Sharing in Smart Grid: A Modified Auction Based Approach,” (with Wayes Tushar, Bo Chai, Chau Yuen, Shisheng Huang and David Smith). IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 1462 – 1475, May 2016.

  32. “Cooperative Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access with Simultaneous Wireless Information and Power Transfer,” (with Yuanwei Liu, Zhiguo Ding and Maged Elkashlan). IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications - Special Issue on Energy-Efficient Techniques for 5G Wireless Communication Systems, Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 938 – 953, April 2016.

  33. “A Survey of Energy-Efficient Techniques for 5G Networks and Challenges Ahead,” (with Stefano Buzzi, Chih-Lin I, Thierry E. Klein, Chenyang Yang and Alessio Zappone). IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications - Special Issue on Energy-Efficient Techniques for 5G Wireless Communication Systems, Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 697 - 709, April 2016.

  34. “Residual-quantization Based Code Design for Compressing Noisy Sources with Arbitrary Decoder Side Information,” (with Yi-Peng Wei, Shih-Chun Lin, Song-Jheng Lin and Hsuan-Jung Su). IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 64, No. 4, pp. 1711 – 1725, April 2016.

  35. “A Learning-Based Approach to Caching in Heterogenous Small Cell Networks," (with Bettagere N. Bharath and Kyatsandra G. Nagananda). IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 64, No. 4, pp. 1674 - 1686, April 2016.

  36. “Joint Beamforming and Broadcasting in Massive MIMO,” (with Erik Larsson). IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 3058 – 3070, April 2016.

  37. “Towards a Consumer-Centric Grid: A Behavioral Perspective,” (with Walid Saad, Arnold Glass and Narayan Mandayam). Proceedings of the IEEE - Special Issue on Microgrids and Energy Efficient Buildings, Vol. 104, No. 4, pp. 865 – 882, April 2016.

  38. “On the SNR-Evolution of the MMSE Function of Codes for the Gaussian Broadcast and Wiretap Channels,” (with Ronit Bustin, Rafael F. Schaefer and Shlomo Shamai). IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 62, No. 4, pp. 2070 – 2091, April 2016.

  39. “Opportunistic Detection Rules: Finite and Asymptotic Analysis,” (with Wenyi Zhang and George Moustakides). IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 62, No. 4, pp. 2140 – 2152, April 2016.

  40. “The Likelihood Encoder for Lossy Compression,” (with Eva Song and Paul Cuff). IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 62, No. 4, pp. 1836 – 1849, April 2016.

  41. “On the Achievable Rate of OFDM with Index Modulation,” (with Miaowen Wen, Xiang Cheng, Bingli Jiao and Liuqing Yang). IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 64, No. 8, pp. 1919 – 1932, April 15, 2016.