I am an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. My area of research is coding and information theory with applications to wireless communications, data storage, data privacy, and security, as well as the interplay between information theory and machine learning including ML-assisted channel coding and privacy-preserving machine learning.
Before joining the University of Michigan, I received the B.Sc. degree from the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2007, and the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees from the University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA, in 2009, and 2012, respectively, all in electrical engineering. I was also with the Samsung Mobile Solutions Lab (MSL), in San Diego, US, between 2012 and 2016.
I have received the NSF CAREER award in 2020. I also received the Best Paper Award in 2015 IEEE International Conference on RFID, and the 2013 Samsung Best Paper Award. During my Ph.D. studies, I was awarded UCSD Shannon Memorial Fellowship for demonstrating outstanding achievements in information theory. I received two Silver Medals at International Mathematical Olympiad in 2002 and 2003, and two Gold Medals at Iran National Mathematical Olympiad in 2001 and 2002.
I am always looking for enthusiastic graduate students with strong analytical and quantitative background. If you are interested in working with me, please do not hesitate to contact me and/or apply to our graduate program and mention my name in your application.
- July 2021: We will present our work on our newly invented KO codes via deep learning at ICML 2021. Check out the paper here.
- July 2021: We will present 6 papers on non-stationary polarization, low-rate polar coding, ML-assisted RM decoding, privacy-preserving computing, coded computing, and Grassmann codes, at ISIT. Check out the full program here.
- June 2021: Our team has won 2021 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship. Congratulations Vahid!
- April 2021: We will present our work on polar coded repetition at ITW.
- February 2021: We will present our work on coded machine unlearning at AAAI Workshop on Robust, Secure and Efficient Machine Learning (one of the only 6 papers accepted for oral presentation). Check out the program here.
- June 2020: We will present three papers, on binary gradient coding, analog subspace coding, and polar-based LDGM codes, at ISIT 2020. Check out the full program here.
- April 2020: Online talk on “New Faces of Channel Coding: 5G and Beyond” as part of Shannon Channel talk series.
- March 2020: Our work on subspace coding for massively connected wireless networks is in the Michigan Engineering News Center.
- February 2020: NSF CAREER Award for the project titled Coding Subspaces: Error Correction, Compression, and Applications.
- December 2019: We will present our work on mmWave covert communications at Globecom.
- September 2019: Our work on channel coding for next generation communication is in the Michigan Engineering News Center.
- September 2019: We will present our work on threshold secure coding at Allerton.
- August 2019: We will present our works on coded distributed computing, coding at low capacity, and coding for crowdsourced classification at ITW.
- July 2019: NSF Award for the project titled Communications in Ultra-Low-Rate Regime: Fundamental Limits, Code Constructions, and Applications.
- July 2019: We will present our work on secret generation via pulse coupling at ISIT.
- February 2019: We will present our recent results on physical layer security via coupling dynamics at ITA.
- December 2018: We will present our works on coded NOMA, key generation in static environments, and physical layer security via coupled oscillators at Globecom.
- December 2018: We will present our work on NOMA for mixed RF-FSO systems at Globecom Workshop winning the best paper award in interactive sessions (Congratulations Vahid!).
- June 2018: We will present our work on multi-user secret sharing at ISIT.
- June 2018: NSF Award for the project titled New Frontiers in Polar Coding: 5G and Beyond.
- February 2018: We will present our work on distributed secret sharing at ITA.
- July 2017: We will present our works on sparse linear codes, non-stationary polarization, rank-metric codes, and sticky-insertion correcting codes at ISIT.