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Md Navid Akbar

PhD Student


Office Location

177 Huntington Avenue
9th Floor
Boston, MA 02115


  • BS in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  • MS in Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Dallas

About Me

  • Hometown: Dhaka, BD
  • Field of Study: Personal Health Informatics
  • PhD Advisor: Dr. Stephen Intille


Md Navid Akbar was born on October 5th, 1990 to Md Ali Akbar and Laila Akbar in Bangladesh. Navid obtained his BS in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), the most prestigious engineering institute of his country. Afterwards, from a campus recruitment program, he started working in Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Ltd. There, he served as a Solution Engineer until late 2015.

He then arrived in the United States, and earned his MS in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in 2018. His thesis focus was in wireless communication technologies, under the supervision of Dr. Mohammad Saquib. During this time, he served as a teaching assistant in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of UTD.

Navid is currently a PhD student in the Personal Health Informatics program at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences, advised by Professor Stephen Intille.

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

I am willing to extend my programming and embedded systems knowledge into mobile sensing technologies, to detect daily behavioral patterns in humans.

What are your research interests in a bit more detail? Is your current academic/research path what you always had in mind for yourself, or has it evolved somewhat? If so, how/why?

While completing coursework at UTD, I slowly discovered my passion for applying engineering techniques to healthcare research. In the remaining duration of my MS, I finished projects on potential mHealth systems using biosensors, ECG classification using cloud technologies, and so on.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?

I aim to carry the outcomes of my research into the domain of preventive medicine. This way, I want to help people stay healthy, without having to frequent health centers, or physicians.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting/fascinating to you? What aspects of your research (findings, angles, problems you’re solving) might surprise others?

The interrelation between the daily behavior patterns of a human being with his/her overall wellness is something I find quite intriguing.

What are your research/career goals, going forward?

I want to venture into the healthcare industry, and put my learning into a meaningful, real-world practice.

Where did you grow up/spend the most defining years of your childhood/young adulthood?

In the urban setting of Dhaka city, the never-sleeping capital of Bangladesh.

Where did you study for your undergraduate degree? Any reason in particular behind your choice (a program you were excited about, a city you love, a researcher you wanted to work with)?

I received my bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), the most prestigious engineering institute of my country. I was excited at the mere prospect of joining this acclaimed institute.