Fadel Adib

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Associate Professor, MIT
Doherty Chair in Ocean Utilization
Founding Director, Signal Kinetics Research Group
MIT Media Lab & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science      

BRIEF BIO: I am the Doherty Chair of Ocean Utilization and Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab and EECS. I direct the Signal Kinetics group which invents, builds, and deploys wireless and sensor technologies to address complex problems in society, industry, and ecology.

My research has received the TR35 under 35 Award, the ONR Young Investigator Award, the NSF CAREER Award, and the Sloan Research Fellowship. My research was named as one of the 50 ways MIT has transformed computer science, and I have had the honor to demo my research to President Obama at the White House. My commercialized technologies are used to monitor patients with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and COVID19. My research has also been broadly featured in public media, and our video features have been viewed by over 20 million people.

Before joining MIT as faculty, I received my Masters (2013) and PhD (2016) in Computer Science from MIT and my Bachelors (2011) from the American University of Beirut.

Interested in joining my group? You can find information on how to apply for MS/PhD, MEng, postdoc, and UROP positions here.

Research Overview

My team's current research on wireless and sensor technologies focuses on four main areas:

My prior contributions include:

Finally, the story behind my PhD research appeared in IEEE Spectrum.

Recent News

Selected Awards & Honors

My Team

Senior Research Staff: Unsoo Ha, Mergen Nachin

Graduate Students: Tara Boroushaki, Sayed Saad Afzal, Waleed Akbar, Isaac Perper, Laura Dodds, Osvy Rodriguez

Administrative: Holly Birns (Administrative Assistant), Josh Anderson (Program Coordinator)

Alumni (PhD's and postdocs): Mohamed Radwan Abdelhamid (PhD, co-advised w/ Anantha Chandrakasan), Reza Ghaffarivardavagh (Postdoc), Yunfei Ma (Postdoc)


I believe in open and accessible education, and make my teaching material available to the public.

Public Media

One of the coolest highlights of my research is an entire episode in The Big Bang Theory about our emotion detection device.

Underwater Backscatter was covered by: The Economist, TechCrunch, dezeen, EE Times, MIT News, and other media outlets.

RFIQ was covered by: CBS This Morning, Engadget, TechCrunch, New Atlas, MIT News, and other media outlets.

TurboTrack was covered by: Engadget, MIT News, The Engineer, ZDNet, RFID Journal, Tech Xplore, Assembly Magazine, and other media outlets.

TARF was covered by: BBC, Fox News, Smithsonian, Popular Mechanics, IEEE Spectrum, CNET, Engadget, MIT News [Front Page], and other media outlets.

IVN was covered by: Technology Review, Engadget, Boston Herald, Yahoo! News, UPI, Medgadget, Digital Trends, New Atlas, and other media outlets.

RFly was covered by: The Verge, BBC, IEEE Spectrum, MIT News [Front Page], Inverse, Engadget, Geek, Digital Trends, and other media outlets.

EQ-Radio was covered by: CBS, Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal‎, Forbes, Business Insider, Fast Company, Engadget, and other media outlets.

RF-Capture was covered by: BBC, The Washington Post, NBC, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, and other media outlets.

Emerald (White House Demo) was covered by: The White House Press Office, MIT News, NBC News, The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets.

Vital-Radio was covered by: New Scientist, NOVA|PBS, Le Figaro, Discovery News, Wired, Daily Mail, Engadget, Medgadget, Gizmodo, and other media outlets.

WiTrack was covered by: Slate, Technology Review, Fast Company, Wired, Engadget, Bloomberg TV, Daily Mail, Hacker News , and other media outlets.

Wi-Vi was covered by: NBC News, FOX News, The Guardian, Boston Globe, Popular Science, Discovery News, Slashdot and other media outlets.

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