Fadel Adib

Signal Kinetics
  • Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
  • Sony Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Fadel Adib is an Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab and in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. He is also the founding director of the Signal Kinetics group, which develops innovative technologies and algorithms for wireless perception, networking, and sensing with a focus on subsea IoT, digital medicine, and robotic micro-sensing.

Adib received his PhD in 2016 from MIT and Bachelor’s in 2011 from AUB. He has been named to Technology Review’s list of the world's top 35 innovators under 35 (TR35) in 2014 and to Forbes’ list of 30 under 30 in 2015. His research on seeing through walls has been named as one of the 50 ways MIT has transformed computer science over the past 50 years. His work has also won best paper/demo at premier academic venues including SIGCOMM, MobiCom, and CHI, and it was selected to the CACM Research Highlights. His research has been repeatedly featured in major media outlets including the BBC, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Guardian, and it was the topic of major TV shows including The Big Bang Theory and CBS This Morning. … View full description

Fadel Adib is an Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab and in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. He is also the founding director of the Signal Kinetics group, which develops innovative technologies and algorithms for wireless perception, networking, and sensing with a focus on subsea IoT, digital medicine, and robotic micro-sensing.

Adib received his PhD in 2016 from MIT and Bachelor’s in 2011 from AUB. He has been named to Technology Review’s list of the world's top 35 innovators under 35 (TR35) in 2014 and to Forbes’ list of 30 under 30 in 2015. His research on seeing through walls has been named as one of the 50 ways MIT has transformed computer science over the past 50 years. His work has also won best paper/demo at premier academic venues including SIGCOMM, MobiCom, and CHI, and it was selected to the CACM Research Highlights. His research has been repeatedly featured in major media outlets including the BBC, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Guardian, and it was the topic of major TV shows including The Big Bang Theory and CBS This Morning. Adib is also the recipient of the William A Martin Master’s thesis Award from MIT (2013), the Sony Career Development Chair (2016), the Google Faculty Research Award (2017), the AUB Distinguished Young Alumnus Award (2017), the Sprowl’s Dissertation Award from MIT (2017), the ACM SIGMOBILE Doctoral Dissertation Award (2018), the NSF CAREER Award (2019), and most recently the ONR Young Investigator Award (2019).

Adib has had the honor to demo his research to President Obama at the White House (2015) and in the UK House of Lords (2015). Currently, his research is being commercialized by a startup called Emerald Innovations, and his devices are being used by doctors at major US hospitals to monitor patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons’, and Multiple Sclerosis.