H. Vincent Poor

Leading Educator and Researcher

Inducted in 2014

H. Vincent Poor, the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science and Michael Henry Strater University Professor at Princeton University, is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading educators and researchers. His research interests are primarily in the areas of information theory, statistical signal processing and stochastic analysis, and their applications in various fields, including wireless communications, social networks and smart grid. Poor’s publications in these areas include 16 books, 12 patents, more than 450 articles in scientific and technical journals and hundreds of conference papers.

He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering at Auburn University. Poor furthered his education at Princeton University, obtaining a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a doctoral degree in electrical engineering and computer science. After graduation, he began his career as a faculty member at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In 1990, Poor joined Princeton University as a professor of electrical engineering. In the early 2000s, he developed an innovative undergraduate course, “The Wireless Revolution,” which has been hailed as a model for bringing the technical, political, economic and social implications of wireless communications to a broad array of students in engineering and liberal arts. His graduate-level textbook, “An Introduction to Signal Detection and Estimation,” is considered the definitive reference in this field. Poor became the founding director of Princeton’s Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, now known as the Keller Center, in 2005.

In addition to his skills as an educator, Poor is acknowledged worldwide for his landmark research contributions to the fields of robust statistical signal processing, multi-user detection and non-Gaussian signal processing, which have opened new horizons in wireless communications and related fields. His innovative signal processing techniques for handling interference in multiple-access networks have impacted some of the most important communications technologies developed over the past 20 years.

Poor’s contributions to multiuser detection and related technologies address the reception of communications signals in the presence of interfering signals from other users in a wireless network. This work is particularly useful for today’s wireless communication systems, which typically involve sharing of the radio spectrum among multiple users to make optimal use of radio resources. Notably, he has contributed techniques applicable across a broad spectrum of wireless multiple-access systems, including multiple-antenna systems, systems that can adapt to their interference environments, and systems that exploit the redundancy of error-control coding.

Poor is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Academy of Engineering of the U.K. and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2002, he received the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Director’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars, the highest honor bestowed by NSF for excellence in teaching and research. In addition, Poor received the 2010 IET Ambrose Fleming Medal for Achievement in Communications, the 2011 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award, a Royal Academy Distinguished Visiting Fellowship in 2012 and honorary doctorates from several universities in Europe and Asia.

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