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S. Hamid Nawab is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Boston University who is a researcher, educator, and engineer in the signal processing and machine perception subfields of Electrical Engineering and their application to the machine/computer analysis of complex biosignals from auditory, speech, and neuromuscular systems.



Nawab received his SB degree in Electrical Engineering, SM degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in 1977, 1979 and 1982.


Nawab is an elected fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) for contributions to the analysis of complex biosignals from speech, auditory, and neuromuscular systems; AIMBE fellows represent the top 2% of medical and biological engineers. Key journal articles written by Nawab include those on Integrated Processing and Understanding of Signals, Decomposition of Surface EMG Signals, Approximate Signal Processing, Direction Determination of Wideband Signals (winner of 1988 Paper Award from IEEE Signal Processing Society in the Multidimensional Signal Processing Category), and Signal Reconstruction from Short-time Fourier Transform Magnitude. Among his other major written works is the book Symbolic and Knowledge-Based Signal Processing at the intersection of signal processing and artificial intelligence research, as well as the textbook Signals and Systems that he co-authored with Alan V. Oppenheim and Alan S. Willsky. This textbook has been adopted around the world with its international edition and its Chinese edition. Nawab is currently a tenured full professor at Boston University where his earned honors include the university-wide Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has held visiting professorships in Electrical Engineering at M.I.T. (1994–95) and in Computer Science at University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1989–90).

Personal life

Nawab is a Pakistani-American who currently lives in Andover MA with his wife and son. He has lived in the Greater Boston area since 1974 when he first arrived in the US to attend College.


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