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Dina Katabi

Principal Investigator

Dina Katabi, Thuan and Nicole Pham Professor of computer science and engineering at MIT, works at the intersection of computer science, electrical engineering, and physics to improve the speed, reliability and security of data exchange. Katabi is a Principal Investigator at the Jameel Clinic as well as the director of the MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing. She is also a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

A leader in wireless data transmission research, Katabi has developed wireless devices that use radio signals and AI to sense, analyse and learn human movements, breathing, heart rate and sleep patterns without the need for wearable sensors or physical contact. Her technologies improve not only improve patient monitoring, and make continuous medical data and predictive analyses available to doctors as well as insurance and pharmaceutical companies, but also help detect health emergencies.

Katabi’s research spans digital health, wireless sensors, mobile computing, machine learning and computer vision. While most of Katabi’s work has centered on wireless data transmission, the research has provided solutions for a range of networking issues — from protocols to minimize congestion in high-bandwidth networks to algorithms for spectrum analysis.

Katabi received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Damascus and M.S and Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT.

Awards and Accolades

  • National Academy of Sciences 2023
  • ACM SIGMOBILE Test-of-Time Paper Award 2023
  • American Academy of Arts & Sciences 2022
  • CACM Research Highlights 2020
  • ACM SIGMOBILE Research Highlights 2019
  • ACM Computing Prize 2018
  • ACM SIGCOMM Test-of-Time Paper Award 2018
  • National Academy of Engineering 2017
  • CACM Research Highlights, 2017
  • ACM SIGCOMM Test-of-Time Paper Award 2014
  • MacArthur Fellowship 2013
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