Omid Abari
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Director, ICON Lab
University of Waterloo

Office: DC 2107

Research Interests:

I work in the area of wireless networks and mobile systems, with applications to the Internet of Things (IoT). My research group focuses on the design and implementation of software-hardware systems that deliver ubiquitous sensing, computing, and communications at scale. We borrow techniques from diverse areas including computer networks, machine learning, signal processing, circuit design, and HCI.

Short Bio:

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo, School of Computer Science. I received my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). My research supervisors were Professor Dina Katabi at CSAIL and Professor Anantha Chandrakasan at MTL. I received my Master's degree from MIT under the supervision of Professor Vladimir Stojanovic and my Bachelor's degree from Carleton University, Canada.


2017: ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) Grand Finals Winner-Second Place
2016: Boston Is The Smartest City (BITS) Competition Winner
2016: ACM MobiCom Student Research Competition (SRC) Winner-First Place
2016: Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Finalist
2015: ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) Grand Finals Winner-Third Place
2014: ACM MobiCom Student Research Competition (SRC) Winner-First Place
2013: NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (changed to PGS-D)
2012: Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Finalist
2012: Microsystems Annual Research Conference Best Presentation Award
2011: Merrill Lynch Fellowship
2010: Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement
2010: NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (changed to PGS-M)
2010: NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award
2010: Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education Scholarship
2009: NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award
2009: Hyman Soloway Scholarship
2009: Ahluwalia Scholarship
2008: NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award
2008: Sprott Scholarship
2008: David C. Coll Scholarship in Communications Engineering
2007-2010: Dean's Honour List, Carleton University
NSERC: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

In The News:

2017 IEEE Spectrum: E-ZPass Could Kickstart Smart Cities
2016 Wired: MIT's Brilliant Trick to Make VR Go Wireless
2016 IEEE Spectrum: Programmable Millimeter-wave Mirror Makes VR Wireless
2016 Yahoo News, Popular Mechanics: New Blazing-Fast Wireless Tech Could Mean Cordless VR
2016 The Inquirer: MIT's New MoVR Tech Cuts the Cord on Virtual Reality Headsets
2016 Nature World News: Millimeter Wave, Scientists Work on Tech Faster than Wi-Fi for Virtual Reality
2016 Engadget: MIT is Trying to Crack Wireless VR, too
2016 New Scientist: How High-End Virtual Reality Headsets Could Lose the Cables
2016 MIT News: Enabling Wireless Virtual Reality
2016 Techcrunch: MIT's New MoVR System Makes Wireless VR Possible with any Headset
2013 MIT News: Toward Practical Compressed Sensing
2013 Vagaries of Real-world Circuitry Affect Performance of Promising New Technique in Signal Processing and Imaging