Elahe Soltanaghai

Elahe Soltanaghai
Elahe Soltanaghai
Assistant Professor
3108 Siebel Center for Comp Sci

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  • PhD in Computer Science, University of Virginia, 2019

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2021-Present.
  • NCSA Fellow, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2022-Present
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, 2019-2021.

Research Interests

  • Wireless Sensing and Communication
  • Wireless Embedded Systems
  • Cyber-physical Systems

Research Areas

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • C. Zhang, T. Chen, E. Shaffer E. Soltanaghai, "FocusFlow: Leveraging Focal Depth for Gaze Interaction in Virtual Reality", CHI, 2024.
  • R. Okubo, L. Jacobs, J. Wang, S. Bowers, E. Soltanaghai. "Integrated Two-way Radar Backscatter Communication and Sensing with Low-power IoT Tags ", SIGCOMM, 2024.
  • T. King, J. He, C. Yao, A. Prabhakara, M. Alipour, S. Kumar, A. Rowe, E. Soltanaghai, "Enabling Long-range Sub-mm Micro-Displacement Sensing with Passive Tags as Phase Carriers", IPSN, 2023
  • R. Sharma, E. Soltanaghai, V. Sarkar, A. Rowe. "Lumos: Detecting and Localizing Unknown IoT Devices in an Untrusted Environment" In 31st USENIX Security Symposium, 2022.
  • E. Soltanaghai, A. Prabhakara, A. Balanuta, M. Anderson, S. Kumar, A. Rowe. "mmWave Retro-Reflectors for Long Range Localization in Autonomous Driving." In In Proceedings of the 27th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom), 2022.
  • E. Soltanaghai, A. Dongare, A. Prabhakara, S. Kumar, A. Rowe, K. Whitehouse. "TagFi: Locating Ultra-Low Power WiFi Tags Using Unmodified WiFi Infrastructure." In ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT), 2021.
  • E. Soltanaghai, R. Sharma, Z. Wang, A. Chittilappilly, A. Luong, E. Giler, K. Hall, S. Elias, A. Rowe. "Robust and Practical WiFi Human Sensing Using On-device Learning with a Domain Adaptive Model." In Buildsys, 2020.
  • A. Kalyanaraman, E. Soltanaghai, K. Whitehouse. "Doorpler: A radar-based system for real-time, low power zone occupancy sensing". In IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS), 2019.
  • E. Soltanaghai, A. Kalyanaraman, K. Whitehouse. "Multipath triangulation: Decimeter-level wifi localization and orientation with a single unaided receiver." In Proceedings of the 16th annual international conference on mobile systems, applications, and services (MobiSys), 2018.
  • E. Soltanaghai, Kamin Whitehouse. "Walksense: Classifying home occupancy states using walkway sensing." In Proceedings of the 3rd ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environments (BuildSys), 2016.


  • Named one of the 10 N2Women Rising Star Women Worldwide (2021 )
  • Recipient of ACM SIGMOBILE Dissertation Award (2020)
  • EECS Rising Stars (2019)

Recent Courses Taught

  • CS 437 EKS - Topics in Internet of Things
  • CS 591 WN - Wireless Networking Seminar
  • CS 598 EKS - Smart cities, homes, & beyond