Kaveh Pahlavan

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Kaveh Pahlavan
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Born (1951-03-16) March 16, 1951 (age 69)
Alma materUniversity of Tehran
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Known forResearch in Wi-Fi, Indoor Geolocation, and Body Area Network
Scientific career
FieldsElectrical and computer engineering, computer science, wireless networks
InstitutionsWorcester Polytechnic Institute
University of Science and Technology Beijing, R.I. China
Skyhook Wireless, Boston
University of Oulu, Finland
Northeastern University, Boston

Kaveh Pahlavan (born in Tehran, Iran), is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science and the director of the Center for Wireless Information Network Studies (CWINS), Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts. He is informally considered as the father of WLANs, WiFi and BANs by his colleagues.

Pahlavan is a researcher of Wi-Fi technology, wireless indoor geolocation, and Body Area Networks. He has contributed to technical publications and holds patents in these areas, and has authored several textbooks.[citation needed]

Education and Career[edit]

Pahlavan received his BS/MS degree in Electrical Engineering in 1975 from the University of Tehran, and his PhD degree in 1979 from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts. He began his academic career as an assistant Professor at the Northeastern University, Boston, MA, then he joined the faculty at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. At WPI he founded an academic research program in wireless local area networks (WLAN) and indoor geolocation. He received an "overseas famous scholar award" from R.I. China, inviting him to serve as a visiting professor at University of Science and Technology Beijing.[citation needed]


  • Indoor Geolocation Science and Technology At the Emergence of Smart World and IoT, K. Pahlavan, ISBN 9788770220514, 471 pages, Hardcover, January 2019.
  • Principles of Wireless Access and Localization, K. Pahlavan and P Krishnamurthy, JohnWiley and Sons, ISBN 9780470697085, 720 pages, November 2013.
  • Networking Fundamentals – Personal, Local and Wide Area Communications, K. Pahlavan and P. Krishnamurthy, John Wiley and Sons, ISBN 0-470-99289-1, Hardcover, 638 pages, March 2009.
  • Wireless Information Networks - 2nd Edition, K. Pahlavan and Allen H. Levesque,Wiley - Interscience, ISBN 0-471-72542-0, Hardcover, 722 pages, September 2005.
  • Principles of Wireless Networks - A Unified Approach, K. Pahlavan and P. Krishnamurthy, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-093003-2, Hardcover, 584 pages, January 2002.
  • Wireless Information Networks, K. Pahlavan and A. Levesque, John Wiley and Sons, Hardcover, 572 pages, ISBN 0-471-10607-0, April 1995.
  • Kaveh Pahlavan: Helping Skyhook Database Receive over a Billion Hits per day, https://medium.com/@jahandad.memarian/kaveh-pahlavan-helping-skyhook-database-receive-over-a-billion-hits-per-day-79001b5bc479