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Ziv Goldfeld

Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Frank H T Rhodes Hall, Room 322


Ziv Goldfeld joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University as an assistant professor in July 2019.
During the 2017-2019 academic years, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT. Before that, Goldfeld graduated with a B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. (all summa cum laude) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ben Gurion University, Israel, in 2012, 2012 and 2017, respectively.

Research Interests

Goldfeld's research interests include information theory, statistical machine learning, high-dimensional and nonparametric statistic, applied probability and interacting particle systems. Specifically, his recent work focuses on information-theoretic analysis of deep neural networks (DNNs), convergence rates of empirical measures smoothed by Gaussian kernels (which has to do with mutual information estimation between layers of a DNN), and data storage in stochastic Ising models. During his graduate studies, Goldfeld focused on physical layer security, cooperation in multiuser information-theoretic problems and multiuser channel and source duality.

Teaching Interests

ECE 6970 - Statistical distances for modern machine learning (Fall 2019)

Selected Publications

  • Z. Goldfeld, K. Greenewald, Y. Polyanskiy and J. Weed, “Convergence of smoothed empirical measures with applications to entropy estimation."
  • Z. Goldfeld, E. van den Berg, K. Greenewald, I. Melnyk, N. Nguyen, B. Kingsbury and Y. Polyanskiy, “Estimating information flow in deep neural networks."
  • Z. Goldfeld, G. Bresler and Y. Polyanskiy, “Information storage in the stochastic Ising model."
  • A. Bunin, Z. Goldfeld, H. Permuter, S. Shamai, P. Cuff, P. Piantanida, “Key and message semantic-security over state-dependent channels."
  • Z. Goldfeld, P. Cuff and H. H. Permuter, “Semantic-security capacity for wiretap channels of type II."

Selected Awards and Honors

  • The Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017
  • The Ben Gurion University Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017
  • Feder Award in the National Contest for Outstanding Student Research, 2016
  • Best Tutor Award (Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Ben Gurion University), 2016
  • Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference on the Science of Electrical Engineering (ICSEE), 2014


B.Sc. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, 2012
M.Sc. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, 2012
Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, 2018