Haitham Al-Hassanieh

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Haitham Al-Hassanieh
Assistant Professor
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
463 Coordinated Science Lab MC 228
1308 W. Main St.
Urbana Illinois 61801

Primary Research Area

  • Networking and distributed computing

For more information



  • PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016
  • MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011
  • BE in Computer and Communications Engineering, American University of Beirut, 2009


Haitham Hassanieh is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2016. His research interests are in the area of systems and networking with a focus on wireless networking and mobile communication and sensing. He worked on building wireless systems and designing networking protocols for low power wireless networks such as RFIDs and implantable medical devices. His work on securing implantable devices received the SIGCOMM best paper award. He also developed algorithms to reduce the power consumption on GPS receivers and build RF radios that can capture GHz of spectrum without sampling at Nyquist while using only a few low speed ADCs. Haitham's PhD work was on developing theory for the Sparse Fourier Transform algorithms and leveraging them to build systems with practical benefits in six different areas: wireless networks, mobile systems, digital circuits, medical imaging, computational photography, biochemistry, and astronomy. His work on the Sparse Fourier Transform was recognized by Technology Review as one of the ten breakthrough technologies of 2012.

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, ECE, 2016 - Present

Resident Instruction

  • ECE 598HH: Advanced Wireless Networks and Mobile Systems (Fall 2016)

Research Interests

  • Wireless Networks
  • Computer Networks
  • Algorithms
  • Communications

Research Areas

  • Algorithms and computational complexity
  • Antennas for communication and wireless sensing
  • Communication networks
  • Distributed algorithms
  • Millimeter wave integrated circuits
  • Networking and distributed computing
  • Reliable and secure systems
  • Signal Processing
  • Wireless communication systems

Research Topics

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Multi-Hop Wireless Energy Transfer in WSNs , Mohamad Watfa, Samir Selman, and Haitham Al Hassanieh, IEEE Communication Letters, Volume: 15, No: 12, Page(s): 1275-1277, 2011
  • A Wireless Charging Infrastructure for Future Electrical Vehicular Adhoc Networks, Mohamad Watfa, S. Miniaoui, Haitham Al Hassaneih, and Samir Selman Journal of Networks, Volume: 10, No: 9, Page(s): 487-500, 2015
  • Fast Multi-dimensional NMR Acquisition and Processing Using the Sparse FFT, Haitham Hassanieh, Maxim Mayzel, Lixin Shi, Dina Katabi, and Vladislav Yu Orekhov, Journal of Biomolecular NMR, Springer, 2015

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Millimeter Wave Communications: from Point-to-Point Links to Agile Network Connections, Omid Abari (Co-primary), Haitham Hassanieh (Co-primary), Michael Rodriguez, and Dina Katabi, HotNets'16, ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Network, November 2016
  • A Millimeter Wave Software Defined Radio Platform with Phased Arrays, Omid Abari, Haitham Hassanieh, Michael Rodriguez, and Dina Katabi, MOBICOM'16, ACM International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, October 2016
  • Securing RFIDs by Randomizing the Modulation and Channel, Haitham Hassanieh, Jue Wang, Dina Katabi, and Tadayoshi Kohno, NSDI'15, USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation, May 2015
  • Light Field Reconstruction Using Sparsity in the Continuous Fourier Domain, Lixin Shi, Haitham Hassanieh, Abe Davis, Dina Katabi and Fredo Durand, SIGGRAPH'15, ACM Transactions on Graphics Volume: 34, No: 1, November 2014
  • High-Throughput Implementation of a Million-Point Sparse Fourier Transform, Abhinav Agarwal, Haitham Hassanieh, Omid Abari, Ezz Hamed, Dina Katabi, and Arvind, FPL'14, International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications, Munich Germany, September 2014
  • GHz-Wide Sensing and Decoding Using the Sparse Fourier Transform, Haitham Hassanieh, Lixin Shi, Omid Abari, Ezzeldin Hamed, Dina Katabi, INFOCOM'14, IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications, Toronto Canada, April 2014
  • Correlation Chemical Shift Imaging with Sparse-FFT and Real-time Motion and Shim Correction, Ovidiu Andronesi, Lixin Shi, Haitham Hassanieh, Wolfgang Bogner, Borjan Gagoski, Aaron Hess, Dylan Tisdall, Andre van der Kouwe, Dina Katabi, and Elfar Adalsteinsson. ENC’14, 55th Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference, Boston USA,March 2014
  • A 0.75 Million-Point Fourier Transform Chip for Frequency-Sparse Signals Omid Abari, Ezz Hamed, Haitham Hassanieh, Abhinav Agarwal, Dina Katabi, Anantha Chandrakasan, and Vladimir Stojanovic. ISSCC’14, International Solid-State Circuits Conference, San Francisco USA, February 2014
  • Sample-Optimal Average-Case Sparse Fourier Transform in Two Dimensions Badih Ghazi, Haitham Hassanieh, Piotr Indyk, Dina Katabi, Eric Price, Lixin Shi, Allerton'13, 51st Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, October 2013
  • MRS Sparse-FFT: Reducing Acquisition Time and Artifacts for In Vivo 2D Correlation Spectroscopy Lixin Shi, Ovidiu Andronesi, Haitham Hassanieh, Badih Ghazi, Dina Katabi, and Elfar Adalsteinsson ISMRM'13, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Annual Meeting & Exhibition , Salt Lake City USA, April 2013
  • Shift Finding in Sublinear Time, Alexander Andoni, Haitham Hassanieh, Piotr Indyk, and Dina Katabi. SODA'13, ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, New Orleans USA, January 2013
  • Faster GPS Via the Sparse Fourier Transform Haitham Hassanieh, Fadel Adib, Dina Katabi, and Piotr Indyk. MOBICOM'12, ACM International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking , Istanbul Turkey, August 2012
  • Efficient and Reliable Low-Power Backscatter Networks, Jue Wang, Haitham Hassanieh, Dina Katabi, and Piotr Indyk. SIGCOMM'12, ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication, Helsinki Finland, August 2012
  • Nearly Optimal Sparse Fourier Transform, Haitham Hassanieh, Piotr Indyk, Dina Katabi, and Eric Price. STOC'12, ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing, New York USA, May 2012.
  • Simple and Practical Algorithm for Sparse Fourier Transform, Haitham Hassanieh, Piotr Indyk, Dina Katabi, and Eric Price. SODA'12, ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, Kyoto Japan, January 2012
  • They Can Hear Your Heartbeats: Non-Invasive Security for Implanted Medical Devices Shyamnath Gollakota, Haitham Hassanieh, Ben Ransford, Dina Katabi and Kevin Fu. SIGCOMM'11, ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication, Toronto Canada, August 2011
  • SourceSync: A Distributed Wireless Architecture for Exploiting Sender Diversity Hariharan Rahul, Haitham Hassanieh, and Dina Katabi. SIGCOMM'10, ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication, Delhi India, September 2010


  • George Sprowls Award for Best PhD Thesis in Computer Science at MIT (2016)
  • TR10 Award for 10 Breakthrough Technologies. (2012)
  • SIGCOMM Best Paper Award (2010)

Courses Taught

  • CS 438 - Communication Networks
  • ECE 396 - Honors Project
  • ECE 397 - Individual Study in ECE
  • ECE 438 - Communication Networks
  • ECE 439 - Wireless Networks
  • ECE 496 - Senior Research Project
  • ECE 499 - Senior Thesis
  • ECE 596 - Master's Project
  • ECE 597 - Individual Study in ECE
  • ECE 598 - Wireless Networks & Mobile Sys
  • ECE 599 - Thesis Research