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Aaron B. Wagner

  • Aaron B. Wagner
  • Dept: Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Address: Room 388 Frank H T Rhodes Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-1017
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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 at the University of California, Berkeley. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Research Interests

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 high-dimensional or learning-limited environments. My colleagues and I have recently opened a new lab that we call FoIE: Foundations of Information Engineering.

Service Interests

My service focus for the 2010-2011 academic year has been co-chairing the ECE Colloquium committee. This required putting new processes in place for selecting speakers, encouraging them to accept our invitation, hosting them while they are here, and publicizing the talks.

Selected Publications

  • 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

  • IEEE Information Theory Society Student Paper Award (coauthored with one of my students) (IEEE Information Theory Society) 2010
  • Michael Tien '72 College of Engineering Teaching Award (Cornell University) 2009
  • NSF CAREER Award (NSF) 2007
  • UC Berkeley EECS Dept. David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize (top research award in the Dept.) (UC Berkeley) 2006
  • Douglas Whitney '61 Excellence in Teaching Award (Cornell University College of Engineering) 2015



  • BS (Electrical Engineering), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1999
  • MS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences), University of California, Berkeley, 2002
  • Ph D (Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences), University of California, Berkeley, 2005