Sergio Verdú

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Sergio Verdú

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Department of Electrical Engineering

Princeton, NJ 08544



Sergio Verdú is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University where he teaches and conducts research on information theory in the Information Sciences and Systems Group. He is also affiliated with the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics.

A native of Barcelona, Spain, Sergio Verdú received the Telecommunications Engineering degree from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, in 1980 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1984. Conducted at the Coordinated Science Laboratory of the University of Illinois, his doctoral research pioneered the field of Multiuser Detection.

Sergio Verdú was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 1992 and member of the U. S. National Academy of Engineering in 2007. He received the 2000 Frederick E. Terman Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000. In 2005, he received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He is the recipient of the 2007 Claude E. Shannon Award, and the 2008 IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal.


2009 Stephen O. Rice Prize in the Field of Communications Theory,


In 1998, Cambridge University Press published his book Multiuser Detection. His papers have received several awards: the 1992 IEEE Donald Fink Paper Award, the Information Theory Outstanding Paper Award in 1998 and in 2011, a IEEE Information Theory Golden Jubilee Paper Award, the 2000 Paper Award from the Japan Telecommunications Advancement Foundation, the 2002 Leonard G. Abraham Prize Award in the field of Communications Systems, the 2007 IEEE Joint Communications/Information Theory Paper Award, and the 2009 Stephen O. Rice Award from the IEEE Communications Society.

Sergio Verdú has served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control, and as Associate Editor for Shannon Theory of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He served as President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 1997. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Foundations and Trends in Communications and Information Theory.

He has held visiting appointments at the Australian National University, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and the University of Tokyo. In 1998 he was Visiting Professor at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of the University of California, Berkeley, and in 2002 he held the Hewlett-Packard Visiting Research Professorship at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley.


In addition to the 28th Shannon Lecture, Verdú has given the inaugural Nyquist Lecture at Yale University, the 6th Claude E. Shannon Lecture at UCSD, and the 10th Viterbi Lecture at USC.



Participation & Positions:

Newsletter Editorial Committee (Member, 01/01/18 until 12/31/20)
Claude E. Shannon Award Selection Committee (Member, 2017)
Newsletter Editorial Committee (Member, 01/01/15 until 12/31/17)
Claude E. Shannon Award Selection Committee (Member, 01/01/15 until 12/31/16)
External Nominations Committee (Member, 01/01/14 until 12/31/15)
Claude E. Shannon Award Selection Committee (Member, 2012)
Board of Governors (Member, 01/01/12 until 12/31/14)
Distinguished Lecturers List (Lecturer, 10/29/09 until 12/31/11)
Board of Governors (Member, 01/01/09 until 12/31/11)
Claude E. Shannon Award Selection Committee (Member, 01/01/08 until 12/31/09)
Nominations and Appointments Committee (Member, 01/01/06 until 12/31/07)
Publications Committee (Associate Editor for Book Reviews, 10/10/03 until 12/31/06)
Constitution and Bylaws Committee (Ex-Officio and Chair, 1999)
Board of Governors (Senior Past President, 1999)
Nominations and Appointments Committee (Ex-Officio and Chair, 1998)
Board of Governors (Junior Past President, 1998)
Board of Governors (President, 1997)
Board of Governors (First Vice President, 1996)
Publications Committee (Associate Editor for Shannon Theory, 01/01/93 until 06/30/94)
Board of Governors (01/01/92 until 12/31/94)

Author Of:

T. Weissman , E. Ordentlich , G. Seroussi , M. Weinberger , S. Verdú , "Universal Discrete Denoising: Known Channel", IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory, Dec. 2004

V. Anantharam , S. Verdú , "Bits Through Queues", IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory, Jan. 1996

Y. Polyanskiy , H.V. Poor , S. Verdú , "Channel coding rate in the finite blocklength regime", IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory, Apr. 2010

Y. Polyanskiy , H.V. Poor , S. Verdú , "New channel coding achievability bounds", Proc. of IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, Toronto, ON, Canada, Jul. 2008

Y. Polyanskiy , H.V. Poor , S. Verdú , "Variable-length coding with feedback in the non-asymptotic regime", Proc. of IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, Austin, TX, USA, Jun. 2010

Y. Wu , S. Shamai (Shitz), S. Verdú , "Degrees of freedom of the interference channel: A general formula", Proc. of IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, St. Petersburg, Russia, Jul. 2011

Advisor To:

J. Liu , "Information Theory from a Functional Viewpoint", Ph.D. Thesis, Princeton University, Jan. 2018