Fadel Adib is a former principal investigator within the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and assistant professor at MIT's Media Lab, where he is the founding director of the Signal Kinetics research group. His research group develops innovative technologies and algorithms for wireless perception, networking and sensing.
Fadel's 2019 J-WAFS funded research project, 'Learning food and water contaminants using wireless signals', responded to food safety and foodborne illness challenges by developing a food safety sensor that uses wireless signals to determine food quality and safety using an RFID sticker placed on a food product’s container.
Fadel received his PhD in 2016 from MIT and bachelor’s degree in 2011 from the American University of Beirut. His doctoral research on seeing through walls was supervised by Dina Katabi, principal investigator at MIT Jameel Clinic, and was named as one of the 50 ways MIT has transformed computer science. It is currently being commercialised and utilised in medical studies at major US hospitals.
Professor Adib has had the honour to demo his research to President Obama in the White House and in the UK House of Lords. His awards include the NSF CAREER Award, the ONR Young Investigator Award and being named as one of the world’s top 35 innovators under 35. In 2021, he was selected as a Sloan Research Fellow and in 2022, he received the ACM SIGMOBILE Rockstar Award for his innovative contributions to wireless sensing and for networking advances in challenging environments such as underwater and body-area networks.