Vincent Poor

Harold Vincent Poor FRS FREng is the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, where he is also the Interim Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.[2][3] He is a specialist in wireless telecommunications, signal processing and information theory.[4] He has received many honorary degrees and election to national academies. He was also President of IEEE Information Theory Society (1990).[5] He is on the Board of Directors of the IEEE Foundation.[6]

Vincent Poor
Professor Vincent Poor FREng ForMemRS.jpg
Vincent Poor in 2014, portrait via the Royal Society
Harold Vincent Poor[1]

(1951-10-02) 2 October 1951 (age 70)
Known forcontributions to signal detection .estimation and Finite Blocklength Information Theory and their applications in digital communications and signal processing.
AwardsIEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal (2017)

Member, CAS (2017)
John Fritz Medal (2016)
FRS (2014)
Fellow RSE (2013)
Member, NAS (2011)
IET Achievement Medals (2010)
FREng (2009)
Member, NAE (2001)
AAAS Fellow (1991)

IEEE Fellow (1987)
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorJohn B. Thomas
Doctoral studentsXiaodong Wang
Sergio Verdu
Behnaam Aazhang


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.[7] He has published a book on Signal Detection and Estimation[8] This book is considered the definitive reference in the subject.[9][8] He was reported to have made a particular impact in the field of wireless communications.[10]


He was elected a Member, National Academy of Science in 2011.[11] (2011); he was previously elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering[12] (elected 2001). He is a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (elected 2017), Royal Society of London, UK (elected 2014), and a Corresponding Fellow, RSE (Royal Society of Edinburgh) (elected 2013), International Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering (U.K.) (elected 2009), Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (elected 2005),

He received the IEEE Eric Sumner Technical Field Award [13](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[14] (2005) and in 2017, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal.

He has received the degree of D.Eng. honoris causa from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2012);[15] the D.Tech. honoris causa, from Aalborg University in 2012;[16] (2012); a D.Sc. honoris causa from University of Edinburgh (2011)[17] and Honorary Doctorate at Aalto University, Finland in 2014.[18] He was awarded honorary Doctor of Science degree during Syracuse University's 163rd commencement in May 2017.[19]

Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology[20] (2010), 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)


  1. ^ H. Vincent Poor was elected in 2001 as a member of National Academy of Engineering in Electronics, Communication & Information Systems Engineering for contributions to signal detection and estimation and their applications in digital communications and signal processing.
  2. ^ "H. Vincent Poor | Electrical Engineering". Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  3. ^ "H. Vincent Poor". School of Engineering and Applied Science. 2016-11-01. Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  4. ^ Bio of Vincent Poor.
  5. ^ President of IEEE Information Theory Society.
  6. ^ "Board of Directors - IEEE Foundation, Inc".
  7. ^ Vincent Poor publications indexed by Google Scholar  
  8. ^ a b Book on Signal Detection & Estimation
  9. ^ Tau Beta Pi Newsletter>
  10. ^ iTHome Online News Report (in Chinese)
  11. ^ Source: National Academy of Sciences - Vince Poor Elected to NAE
  12. ^ Elected to NAE
  13. ^ Source: IEEE Eric Sumner Award Recipients IEEE Eric Sumner Medal
  14. ^ Source: IEEE Award News IEEE Mulligan Education Medal
  15. ^ Source: Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Honorary Doctorate Honorary Doctorate, HKUST.
  16. ^ Source: Aalborg University Honorary Doctorate News -
  17. ^ Source: University of Edinburgh Honorary Doctorate Honorary Doctorate, U of Edinburg
  18. ^ "H. Vincent Poor became an Honorary Doctor at Aalto University, 2014".
  19. ^ "Syracuse University to Award Five Honorary Degrees at 2017 Commencement". SU News. Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  20. ^ Source: Institution of Engineering & Technology - IET Fellows Election News [1]
Preceded by
IET Achievement Medals - IET Ambrose Fleming Medal
Succeeded by
Christos Christopoulos
Preceded by
Roberto Padovan
IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal
Succeeded by
Nambirajan Seshadri