Sergio Verdú, professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., pioneered multiuser detection, a technology used to disentangle mutually interfering streams of digital data, such as those in wireless cellular systems, digital subscriber lines, hard-disk storage, or in systems with several antennas at receiver and transmitter. Dr. Verdú’s contributions have led to the enhancement of data rates seen in third generation cellular technology and are instrumental in fourth generation cellular standards. In addition, he has made seminal contributions in the field of information theory, which have led to improvements in the reliability and efficiency of information transmission and data compression.
Dr. Verdú has authored and co-authored more than 100 journal articles in the field of information theory, several of which have earned him prestigious prize paper awards. An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Verdú has previously received numerous honors and recognitions, including election to the National Academy of Engineering, the Frederick E. Terman Award from the American Society of Engineering Education and most recently the 2007 Claude E. Shannon Award, the IEEE Information Theory Society’s highest honor.
Dr. Verdú holds a degree in telecommunications engineering from the Universitat Politécnica de Barcelona, Spain, and both a master’s and doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Verdú received a doctorate Honoris Causa degree from Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.