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G. David Forney, Jr.

Adjunct Professor

Princeton, BSE (EE), 1961
MIT, ScD (EE), 1965

Biographical Overview

Dr. Forney joined Codex Corp. in 1965, where he developed the first “modern” high-speed telephone line modem and served as vice president of R&D. After Motorola acquired Codex in 1977, he continued as vice president until he retired in 1999.  He has been an adjunct professor in LIDS since 1996.

Research Areas

  • Coding and Decoding for Euclidean-space Channels
  • Power- and Bandwidth-efficient Communication
  • Connections between Coding Theory and System Theory
  • Performance vs. Complexity
  • Combined Equalization and Coding
  • Quantum Communications

Selected Publications

D.J. Costello Jr. and G.D. Forney Jr., “Channel coding: The road to channel capacity,” Proc. IEEE, vol. 95, pp. 1150-1177, June 2007 (invited).  (2009 Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award).

G.D. Forney Jr., M. Grassl, and S. Guha, “Convolutional and tail-biting quantum error-correcting codes,” IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory, vol. 53, pp. 865-880, Mar. 2007.

G.D. Forney Jr. and M.D. Trott, “The dynamics of group codes: Dual abelian group codes and systems,” IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory, vol. 50, pp. 2935-2965, Dec. 2004.

Recent Educational Activities

6.451 Principles of Digital Communications II

Awards and Grants

Fellow, IEEE, 1973
Member, National Academy of Engineering (USA), 1983
IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award, 1990
IEEE Edison Medal, 1992
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1993
Honorary member, Popov Society (Russia), 1994
IEEE Information Theory Society, Shannon Award, 1995
Christopher Columbus International Communication Award, 1996
Marconi International Fellowship, 1997
IEEE Information Theory Society, Golden Jubilee Awards (3), 1998
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1998
Member, National Academy of Sciences (USA), 2003
Honorary PhD, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, 2007
IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award, 2009

David Forney

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