Carnegie Mellon University
Elahe Soltanaghaei is a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in the Wireless, Sensing, and Embedded Systems (WiSE) lab. Her work spans the areas of wireless sensing and networking with applications in IoT and Cyber-Physical Systems. Reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of her research, her results have been published in premier venues and journals in the areas of mobile computing, wireless networks, cyber-physical systems, and energy and infrastructure. Her work has been distinguished at 2017 ACM Student Research Competition and 2017 Three-Minute Theses (3MT) competition at UVa. She is also the recipient of N2-Women Young Researcher Fellowship in MobiCom’16 and the best presentation award in BuildSys’16. More information about Elahe and her work can be found on her website: http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/~esoltana/
Elahe’s primary research goals are directed toward advancing networking and sensing technologies by leveraging pervasive wireless infrastructure. She has developed a vision of omnipresent sensing, where a network of WiFi-enabled devices act as a means for sensing the environment. More specifically, radio signals propagate along multiple paths and bounce off of objects before arriving at a receiver, so they carry information about the environment. While multipath propagation is traditionally known as the core challenge underlying most wireless problems, Elahe’s research transforms this challenge into an opportunity for human sensing, device localization and object tracking by mapping each wireless reflection to relevant physical and behavioral measurements, thus converting every commodity WiFi device into an individual sensor. Finally, her research demonstrates that multipath signals can enable new networking solutions such as safety-critical wireless coordination in autonomous vehicles.