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Barg, Alexander

Alexander Barg
A.V. Williams 2361
(301) 405-7135

Research Interests 

His research interests include coding and information theory, combinatorics, and cryptography.


A. 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.

A. Barg is presently (2005) a member of the editorial board of Problems of Information Transmission and of SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics. He has previously served as an editor for coding theory of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.

Honors and Awards 

    •    IEEE Fellow (2008)
    •    Editorial Board, Advances in Mathematics of Communication, 2006 - present
    •    Editorial Board, Serdica, Journal of Computing, 2005 - present
    •    Editorial Board, SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics, 2004 - present
    •    Editorial Board, Problems of Information Transmission, 1993 - present
    •    Editorial Board, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 1997 - 2000

Related News 

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

Narayan, Zhou, Schlotfeldt, Strahan win ISR outstanding awards
ISR confers awards of excellence in its annual ceremony. September 13, 2016

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

Barg Awarded $300K NSF Grant to Research Data Storage and Recovery Methodologies
Professor Alexander Barg (ECE/ISR) is the principal investigator for a new NSF grant, "Efficient Codes and their Performance Limits for Distributed Storage Systems." October 6, 2014

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

ECE Alumnus Accepts Position at University of Minnesota
Mazumdar will be an Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. January 24, 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