Aaron B. Wagner
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Aaron Wagner joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University as an assistant professor in 2006 and was elevated to professor in July 2018.
During the 2005-2006 academic year, he 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. Wagner did his graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley and received an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Wagner’s research and teaching have been recognized with several awards including the IEEE Information Theory Society’s James L. Massey Research & Teaching Award for Young Scholars(2017), the Douglas Whitney ’61 Excellence in Teaching Award from Cornell Engineering (2015), 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 his students won the 2010 Information Theory Society Student Paper Award.
Wagner studies problems at the intersection of information theory and other fields including networking, statistics, queueing theory, security, computational linguistics, and learning. His primary research interest lies in information theory, especially compression, feedback communication, security, and quantum information.
- Wagner, Aaron B., S. Unal. 2016. “LP Bounds on Rate-Distortion with Variable Side Information.” IEEE Trans. Inf. Theory.
- Wagner, Aaron B., I. Issa, S. Kamath. 2016. “An operational measure of information leakage.”
- Wagner, Aaron B., S. Unal. 2016. “Vector Gaussian multi-decoderrate-distortion: traceconstraints.”
- Wagner, Aaron B., I. Issa. 2016. “Maximal leakage minimization for the Shannon cipher system.”
- Wagner, Aaron B., N. Shende. 2016. “The stochastic-calculus approach to multi-receiver Poisson channels.”
Selected Awards and Honors
- Ralph S. Watts ’72 Teaching Award (Cornell University College of Engineering) 2020
- IEEE Fellow, 2020
- James L. Massey Research & Teaching Award for Young Scholars (IEEE Information Theory Society) 2017
- Douglas Whitney ’61 Excellence in Teaching Award (Cornell University College of Engineering) 2015
- IEEE Information Theory Society Student Paper Award (coauthored with one of my students) (IEEE Information Theory Society) 2010
- Michael Tien ’72 Teaching Award (Cornell University College of Engineering) 2009
- NSF CAREER Award (NSF) 2007
- B.S. (Electrical Engineering), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1999
- M.S. (Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences), University of California, Berkeley, 2002
- Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences), University of California, Berkeley, 2005