Rabia Tugce Yazicigil is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, working with Professor Anantha P. Chandrakasan.


Rabia received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, NYC, in 2016 under Professor Peter R. Kinget and co-advised by Professor John Wright. She was a member of the Analog & RFIC Design Research Group housed in the Columbia Integrated Systems Laboratory.

Rabia received her M.S. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne. Her Master thesis was advised by Professor Christian Enz under Platform Circuit Technology Underlying Heterogeneous Nano and Tera Systems program.

Rabia obtained her B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Sabanci University, Istanbul. For her undergraduate thesis, she worked with Professor Yasar Gurbuz, Sabanci University and Professor Yusuf Leblebici, EPFL.



Rabia's PhD interdisciplinary research experience focused on developing innovative rapid and energy-efficient spectrum sensors that uniquely exploits compressed sampling together with RF architecture innovations. This architecture offers a novel approach to attack the search for the quick detection of interferers in a wideband spectrum in an energy efficient way. Such interferer detector systems are key cornerstones for future multi-tiered shared spectrum access solutions with dynamic spectrum sensing.

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Honors and Awards

Rabia was selected among the top 61 female graduate students and postdoctoral scholars invited to participate and present her research work in the 2015 MIT Rising Stars in Electrical Engineering Computer Science.

Rabia has been a recipient of a number of awards, including the "Electrical Engineering Collaborative Research Award" for her PhD research on Compressive Sampling Applications in Rapid RF Spectrum Sensing, the second place at the Bell Labs Future X Days Student Research Competition (2015), Analog Devices Inc. outstanding student designer award (2015) and 2014 Millman Teaching Assistant Award of Columbia University.


Teaching Experience

Rabia had been a teaching assistant of the Advanced Analog IC design and VLSI design lab courses taught by Prof. Peter R. Kinget at Columbia University. She was awarded the 2014 Millman Teaching Assistant Award of Columbia University in recognition for her outstanding performance and dedication as a teaching assistant.

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Professional Activities

Rabia served as one of the Electrical Engineering Ambassadors in 2015 to enhance the quality of life for the Electrical Engineering graduate student community.

Rabia has been volunteering as a co-organizer for the Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Distinguished Lectures at Columbia University and currently at MIT. She recently became an active member of the SSCS Women in Circuits (WiC) Initiative Committee.