Vincent Poor

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H. Vincent Poor[1]
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Vincent Poor in 2014, portrait via the Royal Society
Born (1951-10-02)October 2, 1951
Alma mater
Known for contributions to signal detection and estimation and their applications in digital communications and signal processing.

IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal (2017)
Fellow RSE (2013)
FRS (2014)
IET Achievement Medals (2010)
FREng (2009)
Member, NAE (2001)

IEEE Fellow (1987)
Scientific career
Doctoral advisor John B. Thomas
Doctoral students Xiaodong Wang
Sergio Verdu
Behnaam Aazhang

Harold Vincent Poor is the former Dean of Engineering[2] and a professor at Princeton University, USA. He is a specialist in wireless telecommunications, signal processing and information theory.[3] He has received many honorary degrees and election to national academies. He was also President of IEEE Information Theory Society (1990).[4]


Poor received a BSEE degree from Auburn University in 1972, and a MSEE from there in 1974. In 1977, he received his PhD from Princeton University. From 1977 - 1990, he was a faculty member of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. From 1990, he joined Princeton University as a professor.


His research interests lie in the areas of stochastic analysis, statistical signal processing and information theory, and their applications in a number of fields including wireless networks, social networks, and smart grid. This research work has attracted over 10,000 citations.[5] He has published a book on Signal Detection and Estimation[6] This book is considered the definitive reference in the subject.[7][6] He was reported to have made a particular impact in the field of wireless communications.[8]


He was elected a Member, National Academy of Science in 2011.[9] (2011); he was previously elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering[10] (elected 2001)

He is a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (elected 2017), Royal Society UK (elected 2014), and a Corresponding Fellow, RSE (Royal Society of Edinburgh) (elected 2013), of the Institution of Engineering and Technology[11] (2010), International Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering (U.K.) (elected 2009), Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (elected 2005), Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2002), Fellow, Optical Society of America (elected 2001; Fellow, Institute of Mathematical Statistics (elected 2001); Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected 1991), and Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (elected 1987)

He has received the degree of D.Eng. honoris causa from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2012);[12] the D.Tech. honoris causa, from Aalborg University in 2012;[13] (2012); a D.Sc. honoris causa from University of Edinburgh (2011)[14] He will be awarded honorary Doctor of Science degree during Syracuse University's 163rd commencement in May 2017.[15]

He received the IEEE Eric Sumner Technical Field Award [16](2011), the IET Ambrose Fleming Medal for Achievement in Communications Engineering (2010), the Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award, IEEE Information Theory Society (2008), the IEEE James H. Mulligan Education Medal[17] (2005) and in 2017, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal.


Preceded by
Chai Keong Toh
IET Achievement Medals - IET Ambrose Fleming Medal
Succeeded by
Christos Christopoulos
Preceded by
Roberto Padovan
IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal
Succeeded by
Nambirajan Seshadri