Michael Gastpar

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Michael Gastpar


Affiliation: EPFL

Contact Information

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL)
EPFL-IC-ISC-LINX, BC 106, Station 14, CH-1015 Lausanne
+41 21 6937523, +41 21 6936459

Research Interests

  • Coding Theory
  • Communication Networks
  • Detection and Estimation
  • Shannon Theory
  • Source Coding


Michael Gastpar is a (full) Professor at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. From 2003 to 2011, he was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, earning his tenure in 2008. 

He received his Dipl. El.-Ing. degree from ETH Zürich, Switzerland, in 1997 and his MS degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA, in 1999. He defended his doctoral thesis at EPFL on Santa Claus day, 2002. He was also a (full) Professor at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He also spent time as a researcher at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ.

His research interests are in network information theory and related coding and signal processing techniques, with applications to sensor networks and neuroscience. 

He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He is the co-recipient of the 2013 Communications Society & Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award. He was an Information Theory Society Distinguished Lecturer (2009-2011). He won an ERC Starting Grant in 2010, an Okawa Foundation Research Grant in 2008, an NSF CAREER award in 2004, and the 2002 EPFL Best Thesis Award. He has served as an Associate Editor for Shannon Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (2008-11), and as Technical Program Committee Co-Chair for the 2010 International Symposium on Information Theory, Austin, TX.

Participation & Positions:

Schools Subcommittee (Member, 01/01/14 until 12/31/16)
Paper Awards Committee (Member, 01/01/12 until 12/31/13)
Membership Committee (Member, 01/01/12 until 12/31/14)
Distinguished Lecturers List (Lecturer, 10/29/09 until 12/31/11)
Publications Committee (Associate Editor for Shannon Theory, 07/01/08 until 07/01/11)

Author Of:

B. Nazer , M. Gastpar , "Compute-and-Forward: Harnessing Interference Through Structured Codes", IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory, Oct. 2011

Advisor To:

A.D. Sarwate , "Robust and adaptive communication under uncertain interference", Ph.D. Thesis, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA, Jul. 2008