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Barg, Alexander

Alexander Barg
2361 A.V. Williams Bldg.

Research Interests 

coding theory, information theory, combinatorics, geometry, cryptography, and applied problems in communications, storage, and data protection. Current topics include channel models and error correction for memories and storage; private distribution estimation.



Alexander Barg is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint apppointment at the Institute for Systems Research. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Computer Science. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Institute for Problems in Information Transmission (IPPI) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. He has been a senior reseacher at the IPPI since 1987. He was a member of technical staff of Bell Laboratories of Lucent Technologies in 1997-2002 before joining the faculty at UMD.

Barg is a member of the editorial board of Problems of Information Transmission, SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics, and Advances of Mathematics in Communication. He has previously served as an editor for coding theory of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He was organizer of the DIMACS Workshops "Codes and Association Schemes" (1999) and "Algebraic Coding Theory and Information Theory" (2003) and served Technical Program Co-Chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, Seattle, WA (2006).

Honors and Awards 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2007

IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award, 2015

Related News 

Ye, Barg win IEEE Data Storage Best Paper Award
The paper was published in IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, and was part of Ye's doctoral thesis. April 1, 2019

Barg is principal investigator for new NSF information recovery award
The project addresses data storage issues connected with modern, large-scale distributed storage systems. June 12, 2018

Alexander Barg receives NSF grant to study theoretic aspects of local data recovery
The project addresses fundamental problems in data coding that can improve distributed storage systems. July 7, 2016

Grad student Min Ye is finalist in Bell Labs Shannon competition
A student of Alexander Barg, Ye will present his work on coding solutions for distributed storage. April 5, 2016

Barg, Tamo named winners of IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Awad
Award was given for their paper, "A family of optimal locally recoverable codes." November 11, 2015

Itzhak Tamo Accepts Assistant Professorship
Tamo, a post-doc in ECE and ISR under Professor Barg, will join the Department of Electrial Engineering Systems at Tel Aviv University. October 6, 2014

Barg receives NSF grant to develop better methods of storing large amounts of data
The research will develop more efficient data management procedures for large-scale distributed storage systems. September 5, 2014

Alum Ara Mazumdar begins position at University of Minnesota
The 2011 Ph.D. alumnus was a student of Professor Alexander Barg (ECE/ISR). February 6, 2013

Alexander Barg receives NSF grant for polar code research
Research will address the properties of polar codes in nonbinary communication channels. October 15, 2012

Alexander Barg awarded NSF grant to develop genotyping theory
Theory also will have applications in channel analysis, fingerprinting and identification coding, and error-control coding. September 15, 2012

Arya Mazumdar wins information theory student paper prize
Ph.D. student wins for paper co-written with advisor Alexander Barg. September 11, 2010

Alexander Barg receives NSF grant for improving error-correcting coding
Research could lead to faster methods of information transmission over the Internet and in flash memory and other storage systems. September 10, 2009

Fourteen ISR-affiliated students receive Ph.D.s
Congratulations to our ISR-affiliated doctoral graduates! May 22, 2009

Barg wins NSF grant for applications of coding theory to digital circuit design
Research will benefit technologies from circuits and memory chips to VLSI architectures. September 18, 2008

Barg gains NSF grant to study point allocations
Research explores multivariate positive definite polynomials and their applications via SDP. September 4, 2008

ECE Faculty Honored at Inaugural Scholarship & Research Celebration
Twenty-seven ECE faculty members honored, representing 1/8 of researchers recognized university-wide. May 2, 2008

Alexander Barg elected IEEE Fellow
Professor is recognized for contributions to coding theory. November 26, 2007

Barg receives NSF theoretic analysis grant
Research involves information theory and code design for digital fingerprinting. September 27, 2006

InterDigital becomes ISR strategic partner
Company to collaborate with Professors Narayan, Barg September 11, 2006

Narayan earns NSF grants for wireless research
Research focuses on free-space optical and radio frequency wireless hybrid communication systems. September 15, 2005

Alexander Barg joins ISR faculty
Research interests are in coding, information theory, algorithms and cryptography July 4, 2005