- Ph.D., 1995, Electrical Engineering (Communications Engineering), The University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
- M.S., 1992, The University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
- Electrical Engineering
- Signal Processing
- Science, Technology, & Public Policy
- Energy, Environment, and Sustainability
Primary Teaching Area
Vahid Tarokh received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 1995. He then worked at AT&T Labs-Research and AT&T wireless services until August 2000 as "Member , Principal Memeber of Technical Staff, and finally as the Head of the Department of Wireless Communications and Signal Processing".
In Sept 2000, he joined MIT as an Associate Professor where he worked until June 2002. In June 2002, he joined Harvard University as a Professor of Electrical Engineering. He was named Perkins Professor and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow of Electrical Engineering in 2005.
Tarokh's research results of last 18 years are summarized in about 60 research journal papers that are cited about 24,000 times by other scholars. He was one of the Top 10 Most Cited Researchers in Computer Science according to the ISI Web of Science during every quarter for the period 2002-2008. He holds 2 honorary degrees.
His current Research areas are in Biological Signal Processing [EEG Analysis including Spindle Detection and Applications, Detection of Falls in Elderly using Dedicated Shoe Insoles, Seizure Prediction, Brain-Computer Interaction], Localization of Masses Inside Human Body[Capsule Endoscopy, Wave Propagation in Live Organs], Body Area Networks [Implant to Body Surface Communications], Environmentally Friendly Networks [Green Communications and its Impacts on Sustainability, Compressed Sensing for MRI and Biosystems Engineering [Digital Farming].
Positions & Employment
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
- July 2005-Present: Perkins Professor and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow of Electrical Engineering, Harvard University
- July 2002-June 2005: Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering
MIT, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Associate Professor: September 2000-June 2002
- November 1999-August 2000: Department Head
- April 1998-October 1999: Principal Technical Staff
- April 1996-March 1999: Member of Technical Staff
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- August 1995-March 1996: Postdoctoral Fellow
IEEE Fellow, 2009
Area Editor for Journal of Communications and Networks
- Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
Guest Editor for 3 special issues IEEE and JCN journals
Delivered more than 100 distinguished talks and keynote speeches
Member of Technical Program Committees for a number of international conferences
- 2013 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award
- 2012 IEEE TCCN (Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks) Publication Award
- Guggenheim Fellowship, 2011
- Top 10 Most Cited Researchers in Computer Science (According to
the ISI Web of Science), 2002-2008 (every quarter)
- Honorary D.Sc., The University of Windsor, 2003
- IEEE Communications Society 50th Anniversary Recognition (Named by the IEEE Communications Society as the author of one of the most important 57 papers published in society's transactions in the past 50 years), 2002
- TR100 Award (Selected as one of the top 100 inventors of the year by the Technology Review Magazine), 2002
- Alan T. Waterman Award 2001
- IEEE Information Theory Society Prize Paper Award, 1999
- Governor General of Canada's Academic Gold Medal, 1996
- B. Babadi, S. M. McKinney, V. Tarokh, and J. M. Ellenbogen, ``DiBa: A Data-Driven Bayesian Algorithm for Sleep Spindle Detection,'' IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, VOL. 59, NO. 2, Feburary 2012, pp. 483-493.
- M. H. Moghari, M. Akcakaya, A. O'Connor, T. A. Basha, M. Casanova, L. Goepfert, K. V. Kissinger, B. Goddu, M. L. Chuang, V. Tarokh, W. J. Manning and R. Nezafat, ``Compressed-Sensing Motion Compensation (CosMo): A Joint Prospective-Retrospective Respiratory Navigator for Coronary MRI,'' IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Volume 66, Issue 6, pages 1674–1681, December 2011.
- M. Akcakaya, T. A. Basha, B. Goddu, L. A. Goepfert, K. V. Kissinger, V. Tarokh, W. J. Manning and R. Nezafat, ``Low-dimensional-Structure Self-Learning and Thresholding (LOST): Regularization Beyond Compressed Sensing for MRI Reconstruction,'' Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Vol. 66, Issue 6, pp. 756-767, Dec. 2011.
- Mehmet Akçakaya, Jinsoo Park, and Vahid Tarokh, ``A Coding Theory Approach to Noisy Compressive Sensing Using Low Density Frames,'' IEEE Transactions On Signal Processing, Vol. 59, No. 11, pp. 5369 - 5379, Nov. 2011.
- M. Akçakaya, P. Hu, M. L. Chuang, T. H. Hauser, L. H. Ngo, W. J. Manning, V. Tarokh and R. Nezafat, "Accelerated Non-Contrast Enhanced Pulmonary Vein MRA with Distributed Compressed Sensing,'' Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 33(5), pp. 1248-1255, May 2011
- M. Akcakaya, S. Nam, P. Hu, M. H. Moghari, L. H. Ngo, V. Tarokh, W.J. Manning and R. Nezafat, ``Compressed Sensing with Wavelet Domain Dependencies for Coronary MRI: A Retrospective Study,'' IEEE Transactions on Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Volume: 30 , No. 6, pp. 1090 - 1099 , May 2011.
- Behtash Babadi, Nick Kalouptsidis, and Vahid Tarokh, "SPARLS: The Sparse RLS Algorithm,"' IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing , Vol. 58, No. 8, pp. 4013 - 4025, Aug. 2010.