H. Vincent Poor

H. Vincent Poor
Columbus, Georgia, USA
Associated organizations
Princeton University
Fields of study
Signal processing, Communications


Dr. H. Vincent Poor, the George Van Ness Lothrop Professor in Engineering at Princeton University, is widely recognized as one of the world's leading educators and researchers in wireless communications, signal processing and related fields.

The 26 doctoral candidates he has supervised are a "Who's Who" of authorities in corporate and academic communications research. 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. He is also a member of the U. S. National Academy of Engineering and is a former Guggenheim Fellow.

Dr. Poor's graduate-level textbook, "An Introduction to Signal Detection and Estimation," is considered the definitive reference in this field. He has also developed an undergraduate survey course titled "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 both engineering and the liberal arts.

In addition to his skills as an educator, Dr. 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 as well as emerging technologies. His 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 that are 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, among others.

An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Poor has served as Division X Director on the IEEE Board of Directors, as president of the IEEE Information Theory Society and as a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, and the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University in New Jersey.