Calderbank Awarded IEEE Hamming Medal

December 5, 2012

Duke ECE faculty member Robert Calderbank has been awarded the 2013 Richard W. Hamming Medal from IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).

The medal is given in recognition of exceptional contributions to information sciences, systems and technology. Calderbank was cited for his “fundamental contributions to coding theory that impacted voice-band modems and wireless communication.”

Calderbank is the dean of natural sciences as well as professor of computer science, electrical and computer engineering (ECE), and mathematics at Duke University. He received the BSc degree from University of Warwick in 1975, an MSc degree from University of Oxford in 1976, England, and a PhD degree from the California Institute of Technology, all in mathematics.

Calderbank joined the technical staff at Bell Labs in 1980, rising through the ranks to eventually become vice president for research and Internet and network systems at AT&T Labs. While at Bell Labs, he was part of a team which discovered space–time coding. In 2003, he retired from his AT&T Labs position to join Princeton University; he came to Duke in 2010.

He has made numerous contributions to the fields of coding and information theory, and is a two-time winner of the IEEE Information Theory Prize Paper award. He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2005. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

Calderbank is the second ECE faculty member to receive an IEEE-wide medal in recent years. Ingrid Daubechies, who is also a professor of mathematics, was awarded the IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal in 2011 for “pioneering contributions to the theory and applications of wavelets and filter banks.”