Babak Hassibi


  • PhD (EE) Stanford University, 1996
  • MS (EE) Stanford University, 1993
  • BS (EE) University of Tehran, 1989

    Honors and Awards

  • 2009 Al-Marai Award for Innovative Research in Communications
  • 2004 National Academy of Engineering "Frontiers in Engineering" Participant
  • 2003 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • 2003 David and Lucille Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering
  • 2002 Okawa Foundation Research Grant in Information Sciences
  • 2002 National Science Foundation Career Award
  • 1999 American Automatic Control Council O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award
  • 1989 First place in the Iranian National Qualifying Exam for Graduate Studies
  • 1984-88 Alborz Foundation Fellowship
  • 1984 Fourth place in Iranian National Mathematics Contest for High School Students
  • 1984 Sixth place in Iranian National Qualifying Exam for Undergraduate Studies


  • 2013-present: Gordon M. Binder/Amgen Professor
  • 2009-present: Associate Director for Information Science and Technology
  • 2008-present: Executive Officer for Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
  • 2008-2013: Professor of Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
  • 2003-2007: Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
  • 2001-2003: Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
  • 1998-2000: Member of Technical Staff, Mathematics of Communications Research, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ
  • 1996-1998: Research Associate, Information Systems Laboratory, Stanford University

    Short-term Appointments

  • Department of Automatic Control, Linkoping University, Linkoping, SWEDEN
  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, INDIA
  • Ricoh California Research Center, Menlo Park, CA

    Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor for Communications, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 2003-present
  • Editorial Board, Foundations and Trends in Communications and Information Theory, 2003-present
  • Guest Editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Theory special issue on "space-time transmission, reception, coding, and signal processing", October 2003
  • Panelist, ONR Communications Technology Review, 2003
  • Panelist, NSF Workshop on Distributed Communications and Signal Processing for Sensory Networks, 2002
  • Panelist, NSF/ONR Workshop on Cross-Layer Design in Networks, 2001
  • Technical Committee on Communications Theory, IEEE Communications Theory Society, 2002-present
  • Technical Program Committee, International Symposium on Information Processing in Sensor Networks , 2004
  • Technical Program Committee, International Conference on Communications, 2003
  • Technical program chair for communications track, Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, 2002
  • Session organizer, IEEE Information Theory Workshop, 2002
  • Presented tutorials at the 1999 and 2002 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing and the 1999 American Automatic Control Conference
  • Co-founder and Scientific Advisory Board, Xagros Genomics Inc.