Omid Abari
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
University of Waterloo

Email: omid.abari@uwaterloo.ca
Office: DC 3510



Research Interests:

My research interests are in the area of networked systems, with applications to the Internet of Things (IoT). My research group develops software-hardware systems that deliver ubiquitous sensing, efficient computing, and wireless communication at scale. We borrow techniques from diverse areas including computer networks, machine learning, signal processing, hardware design, and HCI to develop new algorithms and technologies which enable smart environments.


Short Bio:

In 2018, I joined University of Waterloo, School of Computer Science as an Assistant Professor where I lead Intelligent Connectivity (ICON) research group. I received my PhD in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). My research supervisors were Professor Dina Katabi and Professor Anantha Chandrakasan. I received my Master's degree from MIT and my Bachelor's degree from Carleton University, Canada.


Publications:
Conference & Workshop Papers:

A Millimeter Wave Network for Billions of Things
Mohamamd Mazaheri, Soroush Ameli, Ali Abedi, and Omid Abari
ACM SIGCOMM'19, Beijing China
Acceptance Rate: 14%
[PAPER]

Are RFID Sensing Systems Ready for the Real World?
Ju Wang, Liqiong Chang, Omid Abari, and Srinivasan Keshav
ACM MobiSys'19, Seoul South Korea
Acceptance Rate: 23%
[PAPER]

Tip-Tap: Battery-free Discrete 2D Fingertip Input
Keiko Katsuragawa, Ju Wang, Ziyang Shan, Ningshan Ouyang, Omid Abari, and Daniel Vogel
ACM UIST'19, New Orleans USA
Acceptance Rate: 24%
[PAPER]

Wi-LE: Can WiFi Replace Bluetooth?
Ali Abedi, Omid Abari and Tim Brecht
ACM HotNets'19, Princeton USA
Acceptance Rate: 20%
[PAPER]

RFID Hacking for Fun and Profit
Ju Wang, Omid Abari, and Srinivasan Keshav
ACM MobiCom'18, Delhi India
Acceptance Rate: 22%
Featured in GetMobile
[PAPER]

WiTAG: Rethinking Backscatter Communication for WiFi Networks
Ali Abedi, Mohamamd Mazaheri, Omid Abari and Tim Brecht
ACM HotNets'18, Seattle USA
Acceptance Rate: 20%
[PAPER]

In-body Backscatter Communication and Localization
Deepak Vasisht, Gue Zhang, Omid Abari, Hsiao Lu, Jacob Flanz, and Dina Katabi
ACM SIGCOMM'18, Budapest Hungary
Acceptance Rate: 18%
[PAPER]

Fast Millimeter Wave Beam Alignment
Haitham Hassanieh, Omid Abari, Michael Rodriguez, Mohamed Abdelghany, Dina Katabi, and Piotr Indyk
ACM SIGCOMM'18, Budapest Hungary
Acceptance Rate: 18%
[PAPER]

Enabling High-Quality Untethered Virtual Reality
Omid Abari, Dinesh Bharadia, Austin Duffield and Dina Katabi
USENIX NSDI'17, Boston USA
Acceptance Rate: 18%
[PAPER]

Millimeter Wave Communications: from Point-to-Point Links to Agile Network Connections
Omid Abari, Haitham Hassanieh, Michael Rodriguez and Dina Katabi
ACM HotNets'16, Atlanta USA
Acceptance Rate: 28%
[PAPER]

Cutting the Cord in Virtual Reality
Omid Abari, Dinesh Bharadia, Austin Duffield and Dina Katabi
ACM HotNets'16, Atlanta USA
Acceptance Rate: 28%
[PAPER]

Caraoke: An E-Toll Transponder Network for Smart Cities
Omid Abari, Deepak Vasisht, Dina Katabi and Anantha Chandrakasan
ACM SIGCOMM'15, London UK
Acceptance Rate: 15%
[PAPER]

AirShare: Distributed Coherent Transmission Made Seamless
Omid Abari, Hariharan Rahul, Dina Katabi and Mandi Pant
IEEE INFOCOM'15, Hong Kong
Acceptance Rate: 19%
[PAPER]

GHz-Wide Sensing and Decoding Using the Sparse Fourier Transform
Haitham Hassanieh , Lixin Shi, Omid Abari, Ezz Hamed and Dina Katabi
IEEE INFOCOM'14, Toronto Canada
Acceptance Rate: 19%
[PAPER]

A 0.75 Million-Point Fourier Transform Chip for Frequency-Sparse Signals
Omid Abari, Ezz Hamed, Haitham Hassanieh, Abhinav Agarwal, Dina Katabi, Anantha Chandrakasan and Vladimir Stojanovic
IEEE ISSCC'14, San Francisco USA
Acceptance Rate: 30%
[PAPER]

High-Throughput Implementation of a Million-Point Sparse Fourier Transform
Abhinav Agarwal, Haitham Hassanieh, Omid Abari, Ezz Hamed, Dina Katabi and Arvind
IEEE FPL'14, Munich Germany
Acceptance Rate: 23%
[PAPER]

Performance Trade-offs and Design Limitations of Analog-To-Information Converter Front-Ends
Omid Abari, Fred Chen, Fabian Lim and Vladimir Stojanovic
IEEE ICASSP'12, Kyoto Japan
[PAPER]


Journals:

Why Analog-to-Information Converters Suffer in High-Bandwidth Sparse Signal Applications
Omid Abari, Fabian Lim, Fred Chen and Vladimir Stojanovic
IEEE TCAS'13, vol.60, no.9
[PAPER]

Energy Aware Design of Compressed Sensing Systems for Wireless Sensors under Performance and Reliability Constraints
Fred Chen, Fabian Lim, Omid Abari, Anantha Chandrakasan and Vladimir Stojanovic
IEEE TCAS'13, vol.60, no.3
[PAPER]


Posters:

Poster: Bringing mmWave Communications to Raspberry Pi
Mohammad Mazaheri, Ali Abedi, and Omid Abari
ACM MobiCom'18, Delhi India
ACM Student Research Competition Winner, Gold Medal
[PAPER] [POSTER]

Poster: A Millimeter Wave Software Defined Radio Platform with Phased Arrays
Omid Abari, Haitham Hassanieh, Michael Rodriguez and Dina Katabi
ACM MobiCom'16, NewYork USA
ACM Student Research Competition Winner, Gold Medal
[PAPER] [POSTER]

Poster: Clock Synchronization for Distributed Wireless Protocols at the Physical Layer
Omid Abari, Hariharan Rahul and Dina Katabi
ACM MobiCom'14, Maui USA
ACM Student Research Competition Winner, Gold Medal
[PAPER] [POSTER]



Awards and Grants:

Research Grants:
2019: Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), John R. Evans Leaders Fund
2019: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Discovery Grant
2019: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Launch Supplement
2019: National Research Council (NRC), Collaboration Fund
2019: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Targeted Strategic Partnership Fund

Awards:
2017: ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) Grand Finals Winner
2016: Boston Is The Smartest City (BITS) Competition Winner
2015: ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) Grand Finals Winner
2013: NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship
2011: Merrill Lynch Fellowship


In The News:

2019: Our Batteryless Network research was covered by Digital Journal, ACM Tech News, Science Daily, UWaterloo News
2018: Our In-body Communication work was covered by Engadget, Economic Times, MIT News, CNet
2017: Our Smart City work was covered by IEEE Spectrum
2016: Our Virtual Reality work was covered by Wired, IEEE Spectrum, Popular Mechanics, The Inquirer, Nature World News, Engadget, New Scientist, MIT News, Techcrunch
2013: Our Compressive Sensing work was covered by MIT News , Phys.org