Salman Avestimehr is a Professor at the Electrical Engineering Department of University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 and M.S. degree in 2005 in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, both from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to that, he obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2003. He was an Assistant Professor at the ECE school of Cornell University from 2009 to 2013. He was also a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for the Mathematics of Information (CMI) at Caltech in 2008. His research interests include information theory, coding theory, and large-scale distributed computing and machine learning.

Dr. Avestimehr has received a number of awards for his research, including an Information Theory Society and Communication Society Joint Paper Award, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House, a Young Investigator Program (YIP) award from the U. S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, the David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize, and several Best Paper Awards at Conferences. He has been an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He is currently a general Co-Chair of the 2020 International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT).

Awards Received
for Wireless Network Information Flow: A Deterministic Approach
Participation & Position
Contact Information


Electrical Engineering Department

University of Southern California

Research interests
Statistical learning and inference
Coding theory
Shannon theory
Coding techniques