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Mohammed Shoaib



99/2613, Microsoft Research
One Microsoft Way,
Redmond, WA 98052


Phone: (425) 421-7114
Fax: (425) 936-7329

Email: myfirstname DOT mylastname AT microsoft DOT com



I am a member of the of the Sensing and Energy Research Group at MSR, Redmond.

I build computing systems for portable devices, including wearables and internet of things (IoT). In particular, I am interested in developing specialized hardware architectures that support real-time computer-vision and image-processing applications on such devices. My work applies various techniques of deep/shallow machine learning, signal processing and VLSI design to these problem domains.

For my Ph.D., I developed energy-efficient sensing systems that are able to compute directly on compressed data. I received my Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2013 and 2010, respectively. I have also received the B.Tech. and M.Tech. dual degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Microelectronics and VLSI Design from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras in 2008.



I enjoy working at the level of both software (C++, C#, Python, Matlab, etc.) and hardware implementations (accelerator architectures, RTL design, etc.). At Microsoft, I primarily work on developing next-generation embedded computer-vision systems on portable devices. I also design hardware IP for image processing and machine-learning with IoT data.

The following are my active projects:

- Context-aware SoC applications with real-time object recognition and detection on streaming video
- Cloud-server design methodologies that exploit heterogeneity and variability in hardware

Recent Publications

  • V. Beharavan, S. Li, N. E. Glover, D. Chen, M. Shoaib, G. C. Temes and P. Y. Chiang, "A compressed-sensing sensor-on-chip incorporating statistics collection to improve reconstruction performance", IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conf. (CICC) Sep. 2015 (to appear)
  • M. Shoaib, S. Venkataramani, X-S Hua, J. Liu, and J. Li, "Exploiting on-device image classification for energy efficiency in ambient-aware systems", Book chapter in Springer Mobile and Cloud Visual Media Computing 2015 (to appear)
  • V. Behravan, N. E. Glover, R. Farry, P. Y. Chiang, and M. Shoaib, "Rate-adaptive compressed-sensing and sparsity variance of biomedical signals", IEEE Body Sensor Networks (BSN) Conf. Jun. 2015
  • S.Venkataramani, J. Liu, A. Raghunathan, and M. Shoaib, "Scalable-effort classifiers for energy-efficient machine learning", IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC) Jun. 2015
  • S. Venkataramani, V. Bahl, X. Hua, J. Liu, J. Li, M. Phillipose, B. Priyantha, and M. Shoaib, "SAPPHIRE: An always-on context-aware computer vision system for portable devices", IEEE Conf. Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Mar. 2015
  • M. Shoaib, N. K. Jha, and N. Verma, “Signal processing with direct computations on compressively-sensed Data", IEEE Transactions on VLSI (TVLSI) Systems, Jan. 2015
  • M. Shoaib, J. Liu, and M. Phillipose, "Energy scaling in multi-tiered sensing systems through compressive sensing", IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC), Sep. 2014 (best paper award nomination)
  • M. Shoaib, K-H. Lee, N. K. Jha, and N. Verma, "0.6-107 µW energy-scalable processor for directly analyzing compressively-sensed EEG", IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems (TCAS) - 1, Apr. 2014
  • M. Shoaib, N. K. Jha, and N. Verma, “Algorithm-driven hardware-specialized architecture for low-energy biomedical sensor platforms,” IEEE Transactions on VLSI (TVLSI) Systems, Oct. 2013
  • M. Shoaib, G. Marsh, H. Garudadri, and S. Majumder, “A closed-loop system for artifact mitigation in ambulatory electrocardiogram monitoring,” IEEE Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference, Mar. 2012



I am a member of the IEEE and ACM. While I am interested in working across multiple disciplines, my interests are particularly aligned with the following groups:

  • IEEE Circuits and Systems, Computer, and Signal-processing Societies



I have contributed to the following events and journals:

  • TCAS, TVLSI, TBME, TBCAS, DAC 2014, IPSN 2014, CPS Week 2015, ES Week 2015