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Stanford University Networking Seminar


Fadel Adib (MIT)
Extending our Senses through Wireless Technologies: Seeing Through Walls, Gesture Control, and Vital Sign Monitoring

12:15pm, Thursday, May 7 2015
Gates 104

About the Talk

Can wireless signals enable us to see through walls? In this talk, I will show that wireless signals can extend our senses, enabling us to see moving objects through walls and behind closed doors. In particular, I will show how we can accurately track the 3D motion of people from the wireless signals reflected off their bodies, even if they are behind a wall. Such fine-grained tracking can also recognize our gestures, enabling us to control smart home devices simply by pointing at them. I will also describe how these technologies can allow us to monitor humans’ breathing and heart rates without touching their bodies, from distances up to 8m and with an accuracy of 99%. By enabling smart environments to track our movements and monitor our health wirelessly, these technologies pave way for these environments to learn our habits, react to our needs, improve our well-being, and enable us to control the Internet of Things that revolves around our networked homes and connected environments.

About the Speaker

Fadel Adib is a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He researches wireless technologies that see through walls, track human motion, and monitor human vital signs. His research has been covered by venues like NBC News, The Guardian, Boston Globe, BBC Focus, Discovery News, and Wired. His research on X-ray vision was also included in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory's (CSAIL's) “50 Ways MIT has Transformed Computer Science” over the past 50 years. Adib was recently named as one of the top 30 under 30 who are moving the world in enterprise technology by Forbes and one of the world's top 35 innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review. He is the recipient of the Microsoft Research Ph.D. fellowship, MIT's William Martin Award for the best computer science master’s thesis, and the Jacobs Presidential Fellowship, also from MIT. He is also the recipient of best of conference and honorable mention awards in ACM MobiCom 2014 and ACM CHI 2015. Before joining MIT, Adib received a bachelor's degree in computer and communications engineering from the American University of Beirut, where he received the Distinguished Graduate Award for graduating with the university’s highest GPA on record.