Fadel Adib

Associate Professor
Doherty Chair in Ocean Utilization
Founding Director, Signal Kinetics​

fadel@mit.edu

www.mit.edu/~fadel

Fadel Adib is the Doherty Chair of Ocean Utilization at MIT and Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and the Media Lab. He is also the founding director of the Signal Kinetics group which develops new sensor technologies for health, computing, and climate.

Adib earned his Bachelor’s from the American University of Beirut (2011), which named him a Distinguished Young Alumnus in 2017. He was awarded a presidential fellowship to pursue his graduate studies at MIT, where he received his Master’s (2013) and Ph.D. (2016), winning the best Masters and best Ph.D. thesis awards in Computer Science at MIT. In 2018, Adib’s Ph.D. thesis won the ACM SIGMOBILE Dissertation Award, recognizing it as the world’s best doctoral dissertation in wireless networks and mobile computing. His Ph.D. work on seeing through walls was named as one of the 50 ways MIT has transformed computer science over the past 50 years. This work has been commercialized by a startup, Emerald Innovations, whose devices have already been deployed in hundreds of homes and are being used by doctors at major US hospitals to monitor patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and COVID19.

Adib has been named to Technology Review’s list of the world’s top 35 innovators under 35 (TR35) in 2014 and to Forbes’ list of 30 under 30 in 2015. He has also received prestigious early-career faculty honors including the CAREER Award (2019) from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Young Investigator Award (2019) and the Early Career Grant (2020) from the Office of Naval Research, and the Google Faculty Research Award (2017). His research has won awards for best papers, demos, and highlights at premier academic venues (SIGCOMMMobiComCHICACM). His work has also been widely featured in the news (BBCCNNWSJWaPoThe GuardianDer Spiegel) and major TV shows (The Big Bang Theory, CBS This Morning). Adib has had the honor to present and demo his research to President Obama at the White House as well as to the Director of National Intelligence, the Chairman of the FCC, the FDA, and in the UK House of Lords.

Ocean IoT

Digital Health

Robotics

RFID

Ph.D. 2017 MIT

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

M.S. 2013 MIT

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

 B.Eng. 2011 AUB

Computer & Communications Engineering

Select Awards

ACM SIGCOMM Best Paper Award (2019)
ONR Young Investigator Award (2019)
NSF CAREER Award (2019)

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Publications

Robotic Grasping of Fully-Occluded Objects using RF Perception

 Robotics    RFID

IEEE ICRA ’21
Tara Boroushaki, Junshan Leng, Ian Clester, Alberto Rodriguez, Fadel Adib

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A Scalable Solution for Signaling Face Touches to Reduce the Spread of Surface-based Pathogens<

Digital Health

ACM IMWUT’21
Camilo Rojas, Niels Poulsen, Mileva Van Tuyl, Daniel Vargas, Zipporah Cohen, Joseph A. Paradiso, Pattie Maes, Kevin M Esvelt, Fadel Adib

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Underwater Backscatter Localization: Toward a Battery-Free Underwater GPS

Ocean IoT

Enabling Higher-Order Modulation for Underwater Backscatter Communication

Ocean IoT

Self-Reconfigurable Micro-Implants for Cross-Tissue Wireless and Batteryless Connectivity

Digital Health     RFID

ACM MobiCom ’20
Mohamed R. Abdelhamid, Ruicong Chen, Joonhyuk Cho, Anantha P. Chandrakasan, Fadel Adib

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Contactless Seismocardiography via Deep Learning Radars

Digital Health

ACM MobiCom ’20
Ha, Unsoo, Salah Assana, and Fadel Adib

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Ultra-Wideband Underwater Backscatter via Piezoelectric Metamaterials

Ocean IoT

Food and Liquid Sensing in Practical Environments using RFIDs

 RFID

Usenix NSDI ’20
Unsoo Ha, Junshan Leng, Alaa Khaddaj and Fadel Adib

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Underwater Backscatter Networking

Ocean IoT
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3D Backscatter Localization for Fine-Grained Robotics

 Robotics    RFID

Learning Food Quality and Safety from Wireless Stickers

 RFID

ACM HotNets ’18
Unsoo Ha, Yunfei Ma, Zexuan Zhong, Tzu-Ming Hsu, Fadel Adib.

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Networking across Boundaries: Enabling Wireless Communication through the Water-Air Interface

Ocean IoT

ACM SigCOMM ’18
Francesco Tonolini and Fadel Adib

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Enabling Deep-Tissue Networking for Miniature Medical Devices

Digital Health

Minding the Billions: Ultra-Wideband Localization for Deployed RFID Tags

 RFID

Wireless Systems that Extend Our Senses

Digital Health

Ph.D. Dissertation, EECS MIT, October 2016
Fadel Adib

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Drone Relays for Battery-Free Networks

 Robotics    RFID

ACM SiggComm ’17
Mohamed R. Abdelhamid, Ruicong Chen, Joonhyuk Cho, Anantha P. Chandrakasan, Fadel Adib

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Emotion Recognition using Wireless Signals

Digital Health

ACM MobiCom ’16
Mingmin Zhao, Fadel Adib, Dina Katabi.

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Capturing the Human Figure Through a Wall

 RFID

ACM SIGGRAPH Asia’15
Fadel Adib, Chen-Yu Hsu, Hongzi Mao, Dina Katabi, Fredo Durand.

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Multi-Person Localization via RF Body Reflections

 RFID

Usenix NSDI’15
Fadel Adib, Zach Kabelac, Dina Katabi.

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Smart Homes that Monitor Breathing and Heart Rate

Digital Health

CHI ’15
Fadel Adib, Hongzi Mao, Zachary Kabelac, Dina Katabi, Robert C. Miller

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MoMIMO

Interference Alignment by Motion

 Robotics    RFID

MobiCom ’13
Fadel Adib, Swarun Kumar, Omid Aryan, Shyamnath Gollakota, and Dina Katabi

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RFCompass

RF-Compass: Robot Object Manipulation Using RFID

 Robotics    RFID

ACM MobiCom ’13
Jue Wang, Fadel Adib, Ross Knepper, Dina Katabi, and Daniela Rus.

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WiVi2

See Through Walls with WiFi!

 RFID

ACM SIGCOMM ’13
Fadel Adib and Dina Katabi

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GPS

Faster GPS via the Sparse Fourier Transform

 RFID

Mobicom ’12
Haitham Hassanieh, Fadel Adib, Dina Katabi, and Piotr Indyk

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Clearing the RF Smog: Making 802.11n Robust to Cross-Technology Interference

   RFID

ACM SIGCOMM ’11
Shyamnath Gollakota, Fadel Adib, Dina Katabi, and Srinivasan Seshan

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