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Aaron Wagner


Aaron B. Wagner
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mailing address:
Cornell University
388 Frank H.T. Rhodes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-3801

(607) 255-1017 (phone)
(607) 255-9072 (fax)

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. During the 2005-2006 academic year, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell. I did my graduate work in EECS at the University of California, Berkeley. I received my undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

I study problems at the intersection of information theory and other fields including networking, statistics, queueing theory, security, computational linguistics, and learning. I am particularly interested in network information theory, distributed compression and its application to peer-to-peer networks, secure communication over timing and photonic channels, and communication and classification in learning-limited environments. My colleagues and I have recently opened a new lab that we call FoIE: Foundations of Information Engineering.

I have received a number of awards for my research and teaching including the 2017 James L. Massey Research & Teaching Award for Young Scholars from the IEEE Information Theory Society, the Cornell Michael Tien ’72 College of Engineering Teaching Award (2009), the NSF CAREER award (2007), the David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize from the U.C. Berkeley EECS Dept. (2006), and the Bernard Friedman Memorial Prize in Applied Mathematics from the U.C. Berkeley Dept. of Mathematics (2005). Two of my students won the 2010 Information Theory Society Student Paper Award.