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 wireless networks and mobile systems, with applications to the Internet of Things (IoT). My research group develops 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, hardware design, and HCI.


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 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: Digital Journal: Making smart homes less expensive with new technology
2019: ACM Tech News: Making Homes Smart Could Become Easier
2018: Science Daily: Batteryless smart devices closer to reality
2018: UWaterloo News: Batteryless smart devices closer to reality
2018: Engadget: 'GPS' for the body can locate hidden implants
2018: Economic Times: New wireless, 'in-body GPS' system can track tumours
2018: MIT News: A “GPS for inside your body”
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: Phys.org: Vagaries of Real-world Circuitry Affect Performance of Promising New Technique in Signal Processing and Imaging