Tara Javidi


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Founding Co-Director

Center for Machine-Integrated Computing and Security

Other Center Affiliations



Information Theory for Active Machine Learning

Adaptive Signal/Information Acquisition and Processing

Decentralized (Networked) Statistical and Reinforcement Learning

Optimization for Machine Integrated Computing and Communication

Wireless Communication Networks

Stochastic and Decentralized Control

IEEE Fellow


My research area involves stochastic analysis, design, and control of information collection, processing, and transfer in modern networked systems. This covers broad theoretical questions as well as practical implementation of various solutions. In my research group, we often prove theorems but we also build and test our theoretical findings when possible (graduate applicants, please refer to this link!). In particular, the work can be broadly broken into the following areas:

1. Information Acquisition-Utilization and Controlled Sensing,

2. Stochastic Control and Optimization of Networks, and

3. Communicating with Application-specific Constraints.

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Our JSAC paper on "Active Learning and CSI Acquisition for mmWave Initial Alignment"- coauthored with (former) PhD students Sung-En Chiu and Nancy Ronquillo- has received the IEEE Communications Society & Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award!

Shekhar is the recipient of the 2020 Shannon Graduate Fellowship. The UCSD Shannon Graduate Fellowship -endowed by late Prof Jack Wolf- annually honors most outstanding graduate students at UCSD in the field of information theory. Congratulations, Shekhar!

Prof. Tara Javidi awarded University of Michigan ECE’s Distinguished Educator Award for her excellence in information and system theory education. This award is the highest recognition granted by UM ECE to its alumni in academia and recognizes those who have made a significant and lasting impact in education.

UV-C Drone project in the Evening News! Our DetecDrone Project has joined forces with Prof F. Raissi, Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSD to investigate the use of drones for infection prevention. See more


Tara Javidi, Ph.D., Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

email: tjavidi@ucsd.edu

Phone: (858) 822-4924

Fax: (858) 534-2486

6405 Jacobs Hall

4306 Atkinson Hall

UC San Diego, MC 0407

9500 Gilman Dr

La Jolla, CA 92093-0407

On recent events in the Information Theory Community, click here.

On my recent resignation from the editorial board of FnT CiT, click here.

Women in Information Theory Society Production

Congratulations to newly graduated Drs Chang-Heng Wang, SungEn Chiu, and Yongxi Lu!