H. Vincent Poor

Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering
Phone: 
609-258-1816
Email Address: 
poor@princeton.edu
Assistant: 
Office Location: 
B330 Engineering Quadrangle
Degrees: 
  • 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
Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering

My current research activities are focused on advances in several fields of rapid technology development, notably wireless networks and energy systems, and on the fundamentals underlying them, including information theory, machine learning and network science.

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 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 addressing 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. A further issue that we are exploring is the use of wireless networks as platforms for machine learning, through the development of federated and decentralized learning algorithms and the study of their interactions with the wireless medium.

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 characterization of grid resilience through topological data analysis, 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 activities such peer-to-peer energy trading.

We are also working currently on improved modeling of the spread of COVID-19, and the development of optimal and robust control mechanisms for this spread.

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

https://arxiv.org/search/?searchtype=author&query=Poor%2C+H+V

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

Publications List: 
  1. Minimax Optimal Sequential Hypothesis Tests for Markov Processes,” (with Michael Fauß and Abdelhak M. Zoubir). Annals of Statistics, Vol. 48, No. 5, pp. 2599 - 2621, October 2020.
  2. “Identification Capacity of Channels with Feedback: Discontinuity Behavior, Super-Activation, and Turing Computability,” (with Rafael Schaefer and Holger Boche). IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 66, No. 10, pp. 6184 – 6199, October 2020.
  3. “Federated Learning with Differential Privacy: Algorithms and Performance Analysis,” (with Kang Wei, et al.). IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 3454 – 3469, 2020.  
  4. “The Effects of Evolutionary Adaptations on Spreading Processes in Complex Networks,” (with Rashad Eletreby, et al.). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A., Vol. 117, No. 11, pp. 5664-5670, March 17, 2020.
  5. Challenges and Prospects for Negawatt Trading in Light of Recent Technological Developments,” (with Wayes Tushar, et al.). Nature Energy, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41560-020-0671-0.

Google Scholar Profile

Honors and Awards:

  • Moore Distinguished Scholar, California Institute of Technology (2020-21)
  • Fellow, Hagler Institute for Advanced Study, Texas A&M University (2018-21)
  • Corresponding Member, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences (elected 2020)
  • IEEE Communications Society Fred Ellersick Prize (2020)
  • 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)