Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept

WiSe-Net Lab | Wireless Sensor Networks Laboratory

5708 Barrows Hall, University of Maine,
Orono, ME 04469, USA
Lab: 207-581-2133

Dr. Ali Abedi,
Professor of Electrical and Computer Enigeerin and Cooperating Professor of Computing and Information Sciences
Director of WiSe-Net Lab

Director, CUGR
President/CTO, Activas-Diagnostics

2015-16 President, PKP Honor Society
PKP Chapter -1






  • Bio
  • Awards

Ali Abedi graduated from National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET) in 1992. He has received his B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and his Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from University of Waterloo in 1996, 1998, and 2004, respectively. From 1998 to 2000 he was with the department of Electrical Engineering at the Aeronautical Engineering University as lecturer and director of undergraduate research center. He worked as lecturer and adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo and Queen's University during 2004 and 2005 teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, and conducting research funded by NSERC.

Dr. Abedi joined the University of Maine, Orono in 2005, where he is currently Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Cooperating Professor of Computing and Information Sciences. He is also Director of Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) at UMaine. He was visiting Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD and Guest Researcher at NIST in 2012 during his sabbatical leave.

Dr. Abedi is founding Director of WiSe-Net Lab where he directs research programs including analytical performance evaluation of block codes, new methods for performance and convergence analysis of Turbo-codes, and applications of error correction codes in wireless sensor networks for structural monitoring, space explorations and biomedical applications. His research on wireless sensing of lunar habitats was featured on NSF Science360 web site in 2012. He is co-Founder of two startup companies (Activas-Diagnostics and Navindor).

Dr. Abedi has received a number of awards and recognitions from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Canadian Space Agency (CSA), NASA, and IEEE. He is a senior member of IEEE and has served on several IEEE Committees at local, regional, national, and international levels. He was one of the two Candidates for IEEE Board of Directors in Region-1 in 2011 and 2013 and one of the three candidates for IEEE USA Vice President in 2014.

  • 2015, IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors Candidate (Member at Large)
  • 2015, Phi-Kappa-Phi, President, Chapter-1 (Maine, founding chapter)
  • 2014, IEEE Communications Society, North American Region Board Member
  • 2013, IEEE Region-1 Enhancing IEEE-Industry Relationship Award
  • 2011, Inducted to Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • 2008, Early Career Research Award, College of Engineering, UMaine
  • 2007, Communications Society Chapter Achievement Award (Best North American Chapter)
  • 2006, IEEE Regional Activities Board, Friend of IEEE Award
  • 2006, Canadian Space Agency, Space Technologies Award
  • 2005, Inducted to Francis Crowe, Engineering Honor Society
  • 2005, NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2005, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship for Foreign Researchers
  • 2004, NSERC Visiting Fellowship in Government Laboratories
  • 2004, University of Waterloo Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2003, University of Waterloo Graduate Incentive award
  • 2002, NSERC Post Graduate Scholarship
  • 2002, Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2002, Faculty of Engineering Dean's award
  • 2001, Faculty of Engineering Graduate Student award
  • 2001, University of Waterloo International Student award
  • 2000, University of Waterloo Graduate Student award
  • 1992, Member of the National Computer Olympiad team
  • 1991, Member of the National Physics Olympiad team



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