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Nader Moayeri (Fed)

Senior Scientist, Communications Technology Laboratory

Dr. Nader Moayeri has been with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) since 1997.  His research interests are in wireless networking, indoor localization and tracking, and the Internet of Things (IoT).  Recently, he has been working on proximity detection in the context of electronic contact tracing and exposure notification to blunt the spread of highly infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

Dr. Moayeri founded the Wireless Communications Technologies Group at NIST in 1997 and managed it until 2008.  The Group's work spanned a wide range of areas in wireless technology, including mobile ad hoc networks, 3G wireless, wireless personal area networks, local multipoint distribution service, sensor networks, and indoor localization and tracking.  Over the years, Dr. Moayeri's work has been supported by about a dozen government agencies other than NIST and programs within / outside NIST.  Dr. Moayeri has been involved with a number of standards developing organizations, including ISO/IEC and IEEE.  He served as the Editor for two ISO/IEC JTC 1 standards, namely "ISO/IEC 18305:2016, Test and evaluation of localization and tracking systems" and "ISO/IEC 29182-4:2013, Sensor Network Reference Architecture, Part 4: Entity Models".

Prior to joining NIST, Dr. Moayeri was with the Imaging Technology Department at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, CA, from 1994-1997.  His activities at HP Labs included image compression and image enhancement/deblurring.  Prior to that, he was on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in Piscataway, NJ, from 1986-1994.  His research focus at Rutgers was on data compression, wireless networking, and intelligent transportation systems.

Dr. Moayeri has served the IEEE in different capacities, such as the Chair of the Princeton / Central Jersey Section of the IEEE, organizer of conferences / workshops, guest editor of the April 2011 special issue of the IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine on "Emerging Opportunities for Localization and Tracking", and serving on the technical program committees of many conferences.  He also served as a member of the editorial board of the Ad Hoc Networks Journal published by Elsevier from 2002-2009.


NIST Bronze Award "For collecting a set of BLE RSSI data and evaluating the performance of various proximity detection methods to blunt the spread of infectious diseases" (2023)

Excellence in Research in Computer Science Award and Fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences (2019)

NIST Information Technology Laboratory Outstanding Standards Document, for serving as Editor and leading the development of the international standard ISO/IEC 18305:2016, Test and evaluation of localization and tracking systems (2016)

Best Paper Award (with C. Gentile and F. Valoit), for “A Raytracing Model for Wireless Propagation in Tunnels with Varying Cross Section,” IEEE Global Comm. Conf. (2012)

Winner of the Hewlett-Packard Image Deblurring Contest (1996)


Created October 9, 2019, Updated February 20, 2024