Enrollment Open: ELEC 419 - Innovation Lab for Mobile Health

Two Main Research Areas


Scalable health is a growing partnership between Rice and Texas Medical Center. See my recent talk on this new initiative. Early research focus is on

A student-staff-faculty developed novel fitness program, Rice OWLympics, launched on January 24, 2013 and lasted one semester. OWLympics helps develop regular exercise as a habit for the whole organization. The pilot is now over and a new version of the program is in works.


  • See more news updates at Scalable Health Initiative
  • (June 2015) Part of a new NSF Large grant on "Practical Foundations for Massive MIMO."
  • (April 2015) Mayank's research on distancePPG for non-contact accurate measurement of vital signs, is featured in many media outlets. See the original Rice article here .
  • (May 2015) Keynote at WinMee in Mumbai, India on "Massive MIMO: Theory and Experiments".
  • (October 2014) Adam Samaniego presented mobileVision at Wireless Health 2014.
  • (August 2014) New NSF MRI will fund a novel mHealth device platform, ScaleMed, for researchers. News release here
  • (July - August 2014) Gaurav Patel, Tony Elam and I attended NSF i-Corps. First team from Rice to do so. Great experience !
  • (Jan 2014) Elevated to IEEE Fellow status.
  • (Jan 2014) Achaleshwar Sahai defended his PhD. Received Best ECE PhD Thesis Award. Headed to Qualcomm.
  • (Nov 2013) I will be serving as a TPC co-chair for ACM Mobicom 2014.
  • (Nov 2013) Debashis Dash defended his PhD.
  • (May 2013) New review/tutorial article on full-duplex wireless (November 2014).
  • (May 2013) Pedro Santacruz graduates with PhD.
  • Evan Everett is awarded NSF Graduate Fellowship.
  • (May 2012) Congrats ! Melissa Duarte, Chris Hunter and David Kao graduate with PhDs. Also Congrats to Melissa for Best ECE Dissertation Award and Chris for being the featured speaker on Corporate Affiliates Day (April 2012).
  • A team of our undergrads win the best demo prize in mHealthSys 2011. Their paper was a finalist for the best paper award.
  • Rice team finishes third in the worldwide Microsoft competition, using our open-source mobile spirometer.
  • (Fall 2010) Patrick Murphy defended his PhD. Patrick designed major pieces of WARP as part of his MS. For his PhD, he designed, implemented and experimentally studied the first real-time non-orthogonal amplify-and-forward and decode-and-forward cooperative system. See his PhD dissertation at the WARP website. Patrick plans to continue growing his startup, Mango Communications, which is a WARP spinoff.
  • Recent work featured in MIT Technology Review
  • PI, Large NSF NeTS award, joint with Princeton (M. Chiang and R. Calderbank) and OSU (N. Shroff)
  • Co-chairing ICC 2011, Wireless Communications Symposium
  • Vaneet Aggarwal awarded Jacobus Fellowship
  • Melissa Duarte wins Roberto Rocca Fellowship
  • David Kao awarded Edmund McAshan Dupree Fellowship
  • WARP story was carried by many news outlets, see the one in PC Magazine
  • WARP is charting a new direction, supported by NSF, TI and Xilinx

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