Dina Katabi

Dina Katabi (Arabic: دينا قَتابي) (born 1971 in Damascus) is the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and the director of the MIT Wireless Center.

Dina Katabi
Dina Kitabi
Born1971 (age 4748)
Damascus, Syria
ResidenceUnited States
NationalitySyrian American
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Known forCongestion control, Sparse Fourier transform, wireless network, X-ray vision
AwardsACM Prize in Computing (2017)
MacArthur Fellowship (2013)
Association for Computing Machinery Fellow (2013)
Grace Murray Hopper Award (2013)
IEEE Communication Society William R. Bennett Prize (2009)
Sloan Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (2006)
Career Award from the National Science Foundation (2005)
Sprowls Dissertation Award (2003) from MIT
ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorable Mention (2003) from ACM
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science, electrical engineering
InstitutionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisorDavid Clark

Academic biography

Katabi received a bachelor's degree from the University of Damascus in 1995 and M.S and Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT in 1998 and 2003 respectively.[1] In 2003, Katabi joined MIT, where she currently holds the title of Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She is the co-director of the MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing and a principal investigator at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.


In 2013, Katabi won the Grace Murray Hopper Award,[2] recognizing her as the outstanding young computer science professional.

In 2012, her work on Sparse Fourier Transforms was chosen as one of the top 10 breakthroughs of the year by Technology Review.[3]

In September 2013, Katabi was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her work.[4] In 2013 she also became a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.[5]

In 2014, on the celebration of Project Mac's 50th anniversary, her work on X-ray vision was chosen as one the "50 ways that MIT has transformed computer science."[6]

In 2015, Katabi presented her startup idea to President Obama at White House demo day.[7]

In 2017 she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.[8]

In 2017, Katabi was awarded with the ACM Prize in Computing, "recognizing her as one of the most innovative researchers in the field of networking, Katabi applies methods from communication theory, signal processing and machine learning to solve problems in wireless networking".


  1. Hardesty, Larry (2015-10-30). "Signal Intelligence". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  2. "Indyk and Katabi win top ACM honors". MIT News. 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  3. Anderson, Mark (2012). "A Faster Fourier Transform - MIT Technology Review". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  4. Chu, Jennifer; Hardesty, Larry (2013-09-25). "Dina Katabi and Sara Seager win MacArthur 'genius grants'". MIT News. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  5. "ACM Names Fellows for Computing Advances that Are Transforming Science and Society". Association for Computing Machinery. 2013-12-10. Archived from the original on 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  6. 50 Ways that MIT has Transformed Computer Science: the Countdown to our MAC50 Celebration!
  7. "12 of the most impressive professors at MIT". Business Insider.
  8. National Academy of Engineering Elects 84 Members and 22 Foreign Members, February 8, 2017, retrieved 2017-05-02.
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