John M. Cioffi

Hitachi Professor Emeritus of Engineering
Marconi Society Fellow
Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

Stanford University

John M. Cioffi

John M. Cioffi

Room 363, David Packard Electrical Engineering
350 Serra Mall, MC 9515
Stanford, CA 94305-9515
phone: +1 (650) 723-2150
fax: +1 (650) 724-3652

Dash Corbett
(Administrative Assistant)

David Packard Electrical Engineering
350 Jane Stanford Mall, MC 9515
Stanford, CA 94305-9515
phone: +1 (650) 723-2681
fax: +1 (650) 724-3652



Spring 2018

Classic EE379 Series Courses

Research Group

Please click here to get more info on the members of Prof. Cioffi's research group. For more information on current research activities refer to Dynamic Spectrum Management page.

Interest Areas

  • Communications Signal Processing
  • Coding and their applications to data transmission and storage.


  • B.S., University of Illinois (1978)
  • M.S., Stanford University (1979)
  • Ph.D., Stanford University (1984)

Honors (Chronological)

  • 2014 Internet Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2014 IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer, Graduate Teaching Award
  • 2013 IEEE Armstrong Achievement Award
  • Honory Doctorate, Edinburgh University, 2010
  • IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal 2010
  • International Fellow Royal Society of Engineering (UK) (2009)
  • Marconi Fellow (2006)
  • Holder of Hitachi America Endowed Professor ship of Electrical Engineering (2002)
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering (2001)
  • IEEE Kobayashi Medal (2001)
  • Dynamic Spectrum Management T1E1.4 Editor, American National Standards (2001-present)
  • IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000)
  • IEE J. J. Thomson Medal (2000)
  • University of Illinois Outstanding Alumni Award (1999)
  • Member, USA National Research Council Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (1998-2003)
  • IEEE Fellow (1996-present)
  • Outstanding Achievment Award, American National Standards Institute for contributions to ADSL (1995)
  • Chief Editor, IEEE JSAC (Signal Processing and Coding for Recording) (1992)
  • Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Amati Communications Inc. (1991-1997) (acquired by Texas Instruments in 1997)
  • Associate Editor, IEEE JSAC (High-Speed Digital Subscriber Lines) (1991)
  • Faculty Development Award, IBM Research (1986-1988)
  • Elected Member, ASSP Society DSP committee (1987-1993)
  • NSF Presidential Investigator (1987-1992)
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on ASSP (Adaptive Filtering) (1985-1987)

Wikipedia page

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Journal Articles

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Conference Papers

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Best Paper Awards

  1. J.M. Cioffi, S. Jagannathan, M. Mohseni, G. Ginis, “CuPON: The Copper Alternative to PON 100 Gb/s DSL Networks,” IEEE Communications Magazine, June 2007, pp. 132-139. Outstanding Paper Award.
  2. Majjigi, V., O'Neill, D., Huppert, C., and Cioffi, J., “Multi-User Buffer Control with Drift Fields,” 2010 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (GLOBECOM 2010), December 2010, pp.1-5. IEEE Globecom Best Paper Award.
  3. Charafeddine, M., Zhu Han, Paulraj, A., and Cioffi, J., “Crystallized Rates Region of the Interference Channel via Correlated Equilibrium with Interference As Noise,” IEEE International Conference on Communications, 2009 (ICC '09) Dresden, Germany, pp. 1-6. IEEE International Conference on Communications Best Paper Award.
  4. S. Jagannathan, C. S. Hwang, J. M. Cioffi, “Margin Optimization in Digital Subscriber Lines Employing Level-2 Dynamic Spectrum Management,” IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Beijing, China, May 2008, pp. 435-440. Best Paper Award, Signal Processing for Communications Symposium.
  5. Yu, D.D., Kibeom Seong, Cioffi, J.M., “Multiuser Discrete Bit-loading for Digital Subscriber Lines,” IEEE International Conference on Communications, 2007 (ICC '07), Glasgow, Scotland, UK, June 2007, pp. 2755-2760. Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Communications.
  6. Hwang, Chan-Soo, Seong, Kibeom, John. M. Cioffi, “Opportunistic p-persistent CSMA in wireless networks,” IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2006, pp. 183-188. Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Communications.
  7. J.M. Cioffi, M. Mohseni, “Dynamic Spectrum Management – A methodology for providing significantly higher broadband capacity to the users,” 15th International Symposium on Subscriber Loops (ISSLS 2004). Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, March 2004. Best Paper Prize.
  8. JM Cioffi, WL Abbott, HK Thapar, CM Melas, KD Fisher, “Adaptive Equalization in Magnetic-Disk Storage Channels,” IEEE Communications Magazine, vol 28, No 2, Feb. 1990, pp. 14-29. IEEE Communications Society Best Paper Award.


Patent List

Patent List [pdf]

Professional Activies

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·       Boards of Trustees
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