I am currently a PhD Candidate at Northeastern University, working with Prof. Kaushik Chowdhury. I have spent the past five years designing and building intra-body communication systems. I believe in a future where health and wellness IoT devices will become part of our every day lives and I am committed to researching novel, safe, secure and energy efficient communication systems for wearables and implants. In 2019, during a 6-month internship with Qualcomm, I worked on implementing non-RF methods for audio wearables. I have developed communication systems and sensor networks with Galvanic Coupling, Magnetic Resonance Coupling and Capacitive Coupling, as well as models of the human body as a communication channel for all three methods.

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Awards & Fellowships

January-March 2021

NSF I-corps

I led a team that successfully applied to the NSF I-corps program for commercializing research products. We received $50,000+ to fund customer discovery on a Smart Mask sensor network system, which measures proximity, hand gestures, correct mask placement and vitals and identifies patterns of safe behavior with regards to airborne disease spread. 

May 2019

N2Women Fellowship

I received the N2Women Fellowship award to attend and organize an event at INFOCOM 2019 in Paris, France. I had the honor to organize and monitor a panel of distinguished women in computer engineering and discuss the experience of progressing professionally in the industry and in academia as a minority.

September 2018

NSF Student Travel Grant

I received the NSF Student Travel Grant Award to attend NANOCOM 2018 in Reykjavik, Iceland.


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May 2022

PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Northeastern University, Boston MA

I am expected to complete my PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering on "Designing Systems for Coupling Intra-body Communication Methods" 

May 2018

M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Northeastern University, Boston MA

Concentration in Computer Networks and Systems

May 2016

B.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester MA


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Selected Publications

S. Banou, K. Li and K. R. Chowdhury, "MAGIC: Magnetic Resonance Coupling for Intra-body Communications,” IEEE INFOCOM 2020, Toronto, Canada, July 2020. 


W. J. Tomlinson, S. Banou, C. Yu, M. Nogueira, and K. R. Chowdhury, “Secure On-skin Biometric Signal Transmission using Galvanic Coupling,” IEEE INFOCOM 2019, Paris, France, May. 2019.


S. Banou, M. Swaminathan, G. Reus Muns, D. Duong, F. Kulsoom, P. Savazzi, A.Vizziello and K. Chowdhury, “Beamforming Galvanic Coupling Signals for IoMT Implant-to-Relay Communication”, IEEE Sensors Journal, 2018