Vahid Tarokh

Vahid Tarokh

  • Associate of Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications
  • Associate in Electrical Engineering


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 Member 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 have been summarized in about 60 research journal papers that are cited about 30,000 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 three honorary degrees.

His current research areas are in statistical signal processing and data analysis.

Contact Information

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Primary Teaching Area

Positions & Employment

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • July 2005-2017: Perkins Professor and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow of Electrical Engineering, Harvard University
Harvard Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • July 2002-June 2005: Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering

MIT, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

  • Associate Professor: September 2000-June 2002
AT&T Research Labs
  • 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

Other Experience & Professional Membership

  • 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


  • Sciencewatch World's Most Influential Scientific Minds (2014).
  • 2014 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher (Based only on published papers between 2002-2012).
  • 2014 IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communications
  • Honorary D. Sc., Concordia University, 2013
  • 2013 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award
  • 2012 IEEE TCCN (Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks) Publication Award
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 2011
  • IEEE Fellow, 2009
  • 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