Roozbeh Jafari

Formal portrait of Roozbeh Jafari.

Dr. Roozbeh Jafari is a principal staff member in the Biotechnology and Human Systems Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory with a joint research appointment on MIT campus. He is also an adjunct professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the School of Engineering Medicine at Texas A&M University. Jafari’s goal is to establish impactful and highly collaborative programs to promote the health and wellness of interest to our national security and our communities. His aspiration is to serve as a catalyst between Lincoln Laboratory, MIT campus, and other academic entities across the nation for such programs. He joined MIT from Texas A&M where he was the Tim and Amy Leach Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the School of Engineering Medicine.

Jafari received his PhD in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests lie in the areas of wearable computer design, sensors, systems, and AI for digital health paradigms and, most recently, digital twin for precision health. He has raised more than $89 million for research with $25 million directed toward his lab. His research has been funded by the NSF, NIH, DoD (TATRC), DTRA, DIU, AFRL, AFOSR, DARPA, SRC, and industry (Texas Instruments, Tektronix, Samsung & Telecom Italia). He has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals and conferences. He has served as the general chair and technical program committee chair for several flagship conferences in the area of wearable computers. Jafari is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award (2012), the IEEE Real-Time & Embedded Technology & Applications Symposium best paper award (2011), the Andrew P. Sage best transactions paper award (2014), the ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems best paper award (2019), the William O. and Montine P. Head Memorial research award for outstanding engineering contribution award from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University (2019), the dean of engineering excellence award at Texas of A&M University (2021), and the TEES research impact award at Texas A&M University (2021). He has also been named the Texas A&M Presidential Fellow (2019).

Jafari serves on the editorial board for Nature Digital Medicine, the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, the IEEE Sensors Journal, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology, and the ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare. He is the past chair of the IEEE Wearable Biomedical Sensors and Systems Technical Committee as well the IEEE Applied Signal Processing Technical Committee (elected). He serves on scientific panels for funding agencies frequently, has served as a standing member of the NIH Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics (BCHI) study section (2017-2021), and was the inaugural chair of the NIH Clinical Informatics and Digital Health (CIDH) study section (2020-2022). He is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.