Babak Hassibi


Babak Hassibi (Persian: بابک حسیبی, born in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian-American electrical engineer, computer scientist, and applied mathematician who is the inaugural Mose and Lillian S. Bohn Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).[citation needed] From 2011 to 2016 he was the Gordon M Binder/Amgen Professor of Electrical Engineering and during 2008-2015 he was Executive Officer of Electrical Engineering, as well as Associate Director of Information Science and Technology.

Babak Hassibi
NationalityIranian American
Alma materStanford University
University of Tehran
AwardsPresidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2003)
David and Lucille Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering (2003)
Al Marai Award (2009)
Scientific career
FieldsCommunication Theory
Information Theory
Signal Processing
Control theory
InstitutionsCalifornia Institute of Technology
Bell Laboratories
Stanford University
Doctoral advisorThomas Kailath

He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran in 1989, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1993 and 1996, respectively. At Stanford his adviser was Thomas Kailath. He was a Research Associate in the Information Systems Laboratory at Stanford University during 1997-98 and was a Member of the Technical Staff in the Mathematics of Communications Research Group at Bell Laboratories in 1998-2000. Since 2001 he has been at Caltech.[citation needed]

His research is broadly in the areas of communications, signal processing and control. Among other works, he has shown the h-infinity-optimality of the least mean squares filter,[1][2] used group-theoretic techniques to design space-time codes[3] and frames[4] and to study entropic vectors,[5] performed information-theoretic studies of various wireless networks[6][7][8][9][10] (such as determining the capacity of the MIMO wiretap channel[11]), constructed tree codes for interactive communication and control,[12] developed various algorithms and performance analyses for compressed sensing and structured signal recovery, studied epidemic spread in complex networks, and co-invented real-time DNA microarrays.[13]

He is the recipient of the 2003 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE),[14][15][16] the 2003 David and Lucille Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering,[17] the Okawa Foundation Research Grant in Information Sciences in 2002 and the National Science Foundation Career Award in 2002.[18]

His grandfather was the late Kazem Hassibi, Iranian academic, parliamentarian, National Front leader, and oil adviser to Mohammad Mosaddegh during Iran's oil nationalization.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Hassibi, Babak; Ali H. Sayed & Thomas Kailath (1999). "H-infinity-Optimality of the LMS Algorithm". IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. 44 (2): 267–280. Bibcode:1996ITSP...44..267H. doi:10.1109/78.485923.
  2. ^ Hassibi, Babak; Ali H. Sayed & Thomas Kailath (1999). Indefinite-quadratic estimation and control. SIAM - Studies in Applied and Numerical Mathematics. ISBN 978-0898714111.
  3. ^ Shokrollahi, Amin; Babak Hassibi; Bertrand Hochwald & Wim Sweldens (2001). "Representation theory for high-rate multiple-antenna code design" (PDF). IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. 47 (6): 2335–2367. doi:10.1109/18.945251.
  4. ^ Thill, Matthew & Babak Hassibi (2012). "Frames, group codes, and subgroups of (Z/pZ)×". Communication, Control, and Computing (Allerton).
  5. ^ Mao, Wei; Matthew Thill & Babak Hassibi (2012). "On the Ingleton-Violating Finite Groups and Group Network Codes". arXiv:1202.5599. Bibcode:2012arXiv1202.5599M. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Hassibi, Babak & Bertrand M. Hochwald (2002). "High-rate codes that are linear in space and time". IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. 48 (7): 1804–1824. doi:10.1109/tit.2002.1013127.
  7. ^ Hassibi, Babak & Bertrand M. Hochwald (2003). "How much training is needed in multiple-antenna wireless links?" (PDF). IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. 49 (4): 951–963. doi:10.1109/tit.2003.809594.
  8. ^ Sharif, Masoud & Babak Hassibi (2005). "On the capacity of MIMO broadcast channels with partial side information" (PDF). IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. 51 (2): 506–522. doi:10.1109/tit.2004.840897. S2CID 3174798.
  9. ^ Dana, Amir F.; et al. (2006). "Capacity of wireless erasure networks" (PDF). IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. 52 (3): 789–804. doi:10.1109/tit.2005.864424. S2CID 2955100.
  10. ^ Jing, Yindi & Babak Hassibi (2006). "Distributed space-time coding in wireless relay networks" (PDF). IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. 5 (12): 3524–3536. doi:10.1109/twc.2006.256975. S2CID 8307341.
  11. ^ Oggier, Frédérique & Babak Hassibi (2011). "The secrecy capacity of the MIMO wiretap channel". IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. 57 (8): 4961–4972. arXiv:0710.1920. doi:10.1109/tit.2011.2158487. S2CID 1586.
  12. ^ Sukhavasi, Ravi Teja & Babak Hassibi (2011). "Error correcting codes for distributed control". arXiv:1112.4236. Bibcode:2011arXiv1112.4236T. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  13. ^ Hassibi, Arjang; et al. (2009). "Real-time DNA microarray analysis". Nucleic Acids Research. 37 (20): e132. doi:10.1093/nar/gkp675. PMC 2802827. PMID 19723688.
  14. ^ "President Bush Names 20 Promising, Young Scientists and Engineers to Receive Awards" (Press release). National Science Foundation. May 4, 2004.
  15. ^ "White House Names Three from Caltech Faculty as Presidential Early Career Award Winners" (Press release). Caltech Media Relations. May 4, 2004. Archived from the original on 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2008-02-11.
  16. ^ "2002 PECASE AWARDEE - BABAK HASSIBI". Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2008-02-11.
  17. ^ "Babak Hassibi Packard Fellow".
  18. ^ "Bio of Babak Hassibi". Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-02-11.

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