Emmanuel Abbe

Associate Professor in Applied and Computational Mathematics and Electrical Engineering
Associated Faculty in Mathematics
Princeton University

Offices: Fine Hall 212 and Equad B322, Princeton Univeristy.  Email: eabbe@princeton.edu

I am currently at IAS as a von Neumann Fellow in Maths




Research Interests: Statistics, information theory, machine learning, algorithms. 

Acknowledgments: NSF, ARO, Bell Labs Prize, NSF CAREER Award, Google Research Award. 

Teaching: This spring I teach a class on random graphs and networks. The class provides an introduction to the mathematical theory of random graphs and to various statistisal models that play a key role in the analysis of real networks and data sets. It starts with the Erdös-Rényi model, threshold phenomena, Boolean Fourier analysis, subgraph containtment, connectivity, giant, chromatic number and evolves towards more realistic models capturing clustering and power-law phenomenona. Emphasis will be put on the stochastic block model, spectral graph theory, cascade models and inference of combinatorial structures.   

Recent/Selected Publications and Preprints:

Book chapters/monographs

  • E. Abbe, Community detection and stochastic block models: recent developments. To appear in the Journal of Machine Learning Research, Special Issue


  • E. Abbe, M. Wainwright, Information Theory and Machine Learning, ISIT 2015.
  • E. Abbe, Comunity detection and graphical inference, Allerton, 2016.
  • E. Abbe, Clustering, MSR-UW Summer Research Institute, 2015.
  • E. Abbe, Polar codes, ISWCS 2011.

Recent/prospective invited talks and plenaries:

•   Institute for Advanced Study, Discrete Mathematics and Computer Science Seminar, 11/16

•   Workshop on Local algorithm, MIT-MSR, 01/16

•   World Congress on Probability and Statistics, 7/16

•   Shannon Centennial, Bell Labs, 4/16

•   Annual Stochastic Networks Conference, San Diego, 6/16

•   Yale combinatorics and probability seminar,  4/16

•   Inference on Networs, Santa Fe Institute, 12/15

•   MSR-UW Summer Research Institute, 8/15

•   MIT LIDS colloquium, 4/15

•    Institute for Mathematics and Applications (IMA), 4/15

•    Institut Henry Poincare, Paris, workshop on community detection, 2/15

•    Caltech Computing and Mathematical Science Colloquium, 2/15

•    Simons Institute, Berkeley, 2-5/15.

•    Information Theory and Applications (ITA), 2/15

•    Princeton University, Workshop on Matroids and Graphs, 7/14

•    Center de Recerca Mathematica, Mathematics of Machine Learning, Barcelona, 6/14

•    ICERM, Workshop on Eigenvectors in graph theory and related problems, Brown University, 5/14

•    Discrete Mathematics Seminar, Rutgers, 4/14

•    Classical and Quantum Noise workshop, Princeton, 3/14

•    MIT/MSR Theory Seminar, 2/14

•    Information Theory and Applications (ITA), 2/14

•    Allerton conference on communication, control, and computing, 10/13

•    University of Berkeley, Networking, communications and DSP seminar, 8/13

•    Princeton University, Program in applied and computational mathematics colloquium, 4/13

•    Institute for Advanced Study, Computer Science and discrete mathematics seminar, 2/13

•    Princeton University, Discrete mathematics seminar, 2/13