Usman Khan

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Usman Khan

Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Tufts University

Office: 135 Halligan,
161 College Ave.,
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: (617) 627-5299
Email: khan AT ece DOT tufts DOT edu


B.S., University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore-Pakistan, 2002
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2009 (graduation photo with Prof. José Moura)


My research interests include robotics, signal processing, and sensing in the context of distributed estimation and control algorithms. I am interested in studying the behavior of distributed, iterative algorithms in random environments over dynamic communication networks. Relevant applications are sensor networks, power systems modeling and estimation, social learning, and cyber-physical systems.

I am the director of Signal Processing and RoboTic Networks (SPARTN) laboratory at Tufts. I received the NSF CAREER award in Jan. 2014 and was elevated to the rank of IEEE Senior Member in Feb. 2014.

Google scholar profile
Some projects and demos can be found on SPARTN's YouTube channel


  • Workshop, panel discussion, and poster session in CPS-Week 2013 on Signal Processing Advances in Sensor Networks, organizing, moderating, chairing

  • Symposium on Information Processing over Networks, IEEE GlobalSIP, TPC
  • Symposium on New Sensing and Statistical Inference Methods, IEEE GlobalSIP, TPC
  • Symposium on Network Theory, IEEE GlobalSIP, TPC
  • Mock classroom, Jumbo days, Apr. 18, 2013
  • Interview with Admissions Freshmen Communication Board, Feb. 28, 2013
  • ITA Workshop, Feb. 2013, Invited talk
  • IEEE Intl. Conf. on Smart Grid Communication, Nov. 2012, TPC
  • IEEE Sensor Array and Multichannel (SAM) Tech. Comm., From Mar. 2010, Associate Member

  • I have a patent now: U. A. Khan, S. Kar, and J. M. F. Moura, System and Method for Collaborative Resource Tracking, claims allowed on Feb. 06, 2013; S.N. 12/942,951.

  • Find ongoing projects, activities, YouTube videos, and demos on our lab website

The following is primarily to address my own short-term memory issues


  • Feb. 10-14, ITA Workshop, San Diego, CA
  • Apr. 07-09, ICNSC, Miami, FL
  • May 04-09, ICASSP 2014, Florence, Italy
  • May 21-23, ISCCSP, Athens Greece
  • Jun. 04-06, ACC, Portland, OR
  • Jun. 07-09, Mathworks Summit, Newton, MA
  • Jun. 22-25, SAM Workshop, A Coruna, Spain
  • Jun. 29-02, SSP Workshop, Gold Coast, Australia
  • Sep./Oct., Allerton, Urbana, IL
  • Nov. 02-05, Asilomar, Monterey, CA
  • Dec. 03-05, GlobalSIP, Atlanta, GA
  • Dec. 15-17, CDC, Los Angeles, CA


  • Feb. 17, SSPW initial submission
  • Feb. 24, SAM Workshop initial submission
  • Feb. 10, ISCCSP final paper
  • Feb. 10, ISCCSP registration
  • Mar. 07, ICASSP final paper
  • Mar. 14, ICASSP early registration
  • Mar. 18, ACC final paper
  • Apr. 10, SSPW final paper
  • Apr. 15, ACC early registration
  • Apr. 18, SAM Workshop final paper
  • Apr. 25, SAM Workshop early registration
  • May 01, initial submission
  • May 31, Allerton initial submission
  • Sep. 26, ACC initial submission

Complete CV (pdf) as of Mar. 2013


An attempt at my mathematical genealogy
An "award-winning picture" I took at Monterey, CA, during Asilomar conference, 2007

Some interesting readings

The Last Question by Isaac Asimov.

Electrical and Computer Engineering
School of Engineering
Tufts University