Dina Katabi is the Thuan and Nicole Pham Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and the director of MIT’s Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing. She is a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Katabi received her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from MIT, and her B.S. from Damascus University. Her research focuses on innovations in digital health, wireless sensing, and applied machine learning. Dr. Katabi’s research has been recognized with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Prize in Computing, the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, two ACM SIGCOMM and one ACM SIGMOBILE Test of Time Awards, the Faculty Research Innovation Fellowship, a Sloan Research Fellowship, the NBX Career Development Chair, and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Her students twice received the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award in computer science and engineering. Her work was also recognized with the IEEE William R. Bennett Prize, three ACM SIGCOMM Best Paper awards, a Networked Systems Design and Implementation Best Paper award, and a TR10 award. Several startups have been spun out of Katabi’s lab, including PiCharging and Emerald.

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Digital health, wireless sensing, and applied machine learning.

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Section 34: Computer and Information Sciences