Omid Abari

PhD Student

My name is Omid Abari, and I am a Ph.D. student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). I am supervised by Professor Dina Katabi and Professor Anantha Chandrakasan. I received my S.M. degree from MIT in 2012 and my B.Eng. degree from Carleton University in 2010.

My main research interests involve the design of low power, energy-efficient systems for wireless communication applications.


    2015 : Winner of the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals-Third Place

    2014 : MobiCom Student Research Competition Winner-First Place

    2012 : Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Finalist

    2012 : Microsystems Annual Research Conf. Best Presentation Award

    2011 : Merrill Lynch Fellowship

    2010 : Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement

    2010 : Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (NSERC-CGSM)-Converted to PGS

    2010 : Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Awards

    2010 : Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education Scholarship

    2009 : Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award

    2009 : Hyman Soloway Scholarship

    2009 : Ahluwalia Scholarship

    2008 : Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award

    2008 : Sprott Scholarship

    2008 : David C. Coll Scholarship in Communications Engineering

    2007-2010 : Dean's Honour List, Carleton University



  • Graduate Research:

    - O. Abari, D. Vasisht, D. Katabi, A. Chandrakasan, "Caraoke: An E-Toll Transponder Network for Smart Cities ," ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication (SIGCOMM), London UK, August 2015. (Acceptance Rate: ~15%)

    - O. Abari, H. Rahul, D. Katabi, M. Pant, "AirShare: Distributed Coherent Transmission Made Seamless ," IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Hong Kong, April 2015. (Acceptance Rate: ~19%) [PAPER]

    - O. Abari, H. Rahul, D. Katabi, " Poster: clock synchronization for distributed wireless protocols at the physical layer ," ACM International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom), Maui USA, Sept 2014. (SRC First Place Winner) [PAPER]

    - A. Agarwal, H. Hassanieh , O. Abari, E. Hamed, D. Katabi, Arvind "High-Throughput Implementation of a Million-Point Sparse Fourier Transform ," International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and applications (FPL), Munich Germany, Sept 2014. (Acceptance Rate: ~23%) [PAPER]

    - H. Hassanieh , L. Shi , O. Abari, E. Hamed, D. Katabi, "GHz-Wide Sensing and Decoding Using the Sparse Fourier Transform ," IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), Toronto Canada, April 2014. (Acceptance Rate: ~19%) [PAPER]

    - O. Abari, E. Hamed, H. Hassanieh, A. Agarwal, D. Katabi, A. Chandrakasan, and V. Stojanovic, "A 0.75 Million-Point Fourier Transform Chip for Frequency-Sparse Signals," IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), San Francisco USA, Feb 2014. (Acceptance Rate: ~30%) [PAPER]

    - O. Abari, F. Lim, F. Chen and V. Stojanovic, "Why Analog-to-Information Converters Suffer in High-Bandwidth Sparse Signal Applications," IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I (TCAS-I), vol.60, no.9, pp.2273-2284, Sept 2013. (Acceptance Rate: ~25%) [PAPER]

    - F. Chen, F. Lim, O. Abari, A. Chandrakasan and V. Stojanovic, "Energy Aware Design of Compressed Sensing Systems for Wireless Sensors under Performance and Reliability Constraints," IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I (TCAS-I), vol.60, no.3, pp.650-661, March 2013. (Acceptance Rate: ~25%) [PAPER]

    - O. Abari, F. Chen, F. Lim and V. Stojanovic, "Performance Trade-offs and Design Limitations of Analog-To-Information Converter Front-Ends," IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) , Kyoto, Japan, March 2012. (Acceptance Rate: ~49%) [PAPER]

    Undergraduate Research:

    - O. Abari and C. Plett, "A differential 5th derivative Gaussian pulse generator for UWB transceivers," IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), Paris, France, May 2010. (Acceptance Rate: ~44%) [PAPER]

    - O. Abari (Co-Primary), F. Alaca (Co-Primary), J. Green and R. Goubran, "Application of Sensor Networks in a Smart Apartment," Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society Conference (CMBES), Vancouver, Canada, June 2010. [PAPER]

    - A. Liao, O. Abari and C. Plett, "Comparative Study of Passive and Active Correlators for UWB Impulse Radio," IEEE International Northeast Workshop on Circuits and Systems (NEWCAS), Montreal, Canada, June 2010. (Acceptance Rate: ~52%) [PAPER]

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Teaching Assistant

- MIT 6.829 : Computer Networks

- Carleton MATH1009 : Calculus: with Applications to Business and Economics

- Carleton MATH1005 : Differential Equation and Infinite Series

- Carleton ELEC2507 : Electronic I

Selected MIT Courses

- 6.888 : Wireless Communication Systems

- 6.886 : Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing

- 6.375 : Complex Digital Systems

- 6.374 : Analysis & Design of Digital ICs

- 6.555 : Biomedical Signal & Image Processing

- 6.334 : Power Electronics

- 15.390 : New Enterprises

- 15.401 : Finance Theory

Selected Carleton Courses

- SYSC4607 : Wireless Communications

- SYSC4504 : Distributed Network Processing

- SYSC4405 : Digital Signal Processing

- SYSC4604 : Digital Communication Theory

- ELEC4503 : RF Lines and Antennas

- ELEC4505 : Telecommunications Circuits