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Babadi, Behtash

Professor Behtash Babadi
Assistant Professor
1421 A.V. Williams

Research Interests 

  • Statistical and adaptive signal processing
  • Neural signal processing
  • Systems neuroscience


Behtash Babadi received the Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University under the supervision of Professor Vahid Tarokh, in 2011 and 2008, respectively, and the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2006. From 2011 to 2014, he has been a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as at the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, under the mentorship of Professors Emery N. Brown and Patrick L. Purdon. His research interests include statistical and adaptive signal processing, neural signal processing, and systems neuroscience.


  • Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, 2011
  • M.Sc. in Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, 2008
  • B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2006

Selected Publications 

B. Babadi, G. Obregon-Henao, C. Lamus, M. S. Hämäläinen, E. N. Brown, and P. L. Purdon, "A Subspace Pursuit-based Iterative Greedy Hierarchical Solution to the Neuromagnetic Inverse Problem", NeuroImage, Vol. 87, pp. 427-443, Feb. 2014.

D. Ba, B. Babadi, P. L. Purdon, and E. N. Brown, "Convergence and Stability of Iteratively Re-weighted Least Squares Algorithms", IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 183-195, Jan. 2014.

B. Babadi, S. M. McKinney, V. Tarokh, and J. M. Ellenbogen, "DiBa: A Data-Driven Bayesian Algorithm for Sleep Spindle Detection", IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 59, No. 2, pp. 483-493, Feb. 2012.

B. Babadi and V. Tarokh, "Spectral Distribution of Random Matrices from Binary Linear Block Codes", IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 57, No. 6, pp. 3955-3962, June 2011.

B. Babadi and V. Tarokh, "GADIA: A Greedy Asynchronous Distributed Interference Avoidance Algorithm", IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 56, No. 12, pp. 6228-6252, Dec. 2010.

B. Babadi, N. Kalouptsidis, and V. Tarokh, "SPARLS: The Sparse RLS Algorithm", IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 58, No. 8, pp. 4013-4025, Aug. 2010.

Honors and Awards 

GSAS Merit Fellowship, Harvard University, 2010

Related News 

Babadi Wins NSF CAREER Award
Babadi is one of two ECE/ISR professors to win a 2016 NSF CAREER award in signal processing. January 13, 2016

ECE Names 2014-2015 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Five Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2014-15. May 14, 2015

New Communications and Signal Processing Faculty Join ECE
Two assistant professors, Babadi and Pal, to complement ECE's robust Communications and Signal Processing program. January 15, 2014