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Rüdiger L. Urbanke obtained his Dipl. Ing. degree from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria in 1999 and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, in 1992 and 1995, respectively.

He held a position at the Mathematics of Communications Department at Bell Labs from 1995 till 1999 before becoming a faculty member at the School of Computer & Communication Sciences of EPFL. He is a member of the Information Processing Group.

He is principally interested in the analysis and design of iterative coding schemes, which allow reliable transmission close to theoretical limits at low complexities. Such schemes are part of most modern communications standards, including wireless transmission, optical communication and hard disk storage. More broadly, his research focuses on the analysis of graphical models and the application of methods from statistical physics to problems in communications.

He is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. He is a co-author of the book Modern Coding Theory published by Cambridge University Press, a co- recipient of the 2002 and the 2013 IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award,  the 2016 STOC Best Paper Award., the 2011 IEEE Koji Kobayashi Award, and the 2014 IEEE Hamming Medal. In 2017 he served as President of the Information Theory Society.