Ali Akbar Jalali

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Ali Akbar Jalali
Born (1954-11-22) November 22, 1954 (age 65)
Damghan, Iran
Residence Tehran, Iran Template:Flagicon
Occupation Professor
Spouse(s) Fatemeh Abbasi
Children Hossein, Amir Hossein, Ahson

Ali Akbar Jalali (علی اکبر جلالی) (born November 22, 1954), best known as Dr. Jalali, is an Iranian professor and author. He is most recognizable from a series of radio and television appearances in which he would promote the use of Internet and IT technology in Iran.[1]

Early life

Jalali was born in Damghan, Semnan, the son of Lili and Hossein Jalali. He grew up with six siblings and had a modest life with their father's pay as a railroad technician.


Jalali received his B.S.c. in Electronics Engineering from K.N.Toosi University of Technology, May 1985.

In 1985, Jalali moved to the U.S. to pursue his education. He received his M.S.c. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in May 1988.

He sequentially earned his Ph.D. and Post Doctoral in Electrical Engineering, from West Virginia University in 1993 and 1994 respectively. Jalali is an Adjunct Professor in LCSEE from April 2002 and at the same time he is an associate professor at the Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST).[2]

Jalali does not hold a degree in computer science, but because of his significant involvement in information technology and information and communications technology efforts, he is considered a leading expert on issues in these fields.[no citations needed here]


Currently Jalali is a Professor at Iran University of Science and Technology where he advises many students on the Graduate and Undergraduate level.

Jalali is especially noted for his more than 1300 popular workshops, seminars, lectures and speeches, on science and technology, on the National and International level and for his appearances on National Radio and Television programs, since 1994.

He was the director of Electronic Research Center at IUST from 1998–2007, where he has accomplished numerous research projects and contracts for governmental institutions as well as the private sector. Most of these projects have been in the area of e-learning, e-commerce, e-government, e-banking and especially extending ICT applications to rural areas. Jalali was director of three major national ICT projects: Electronic Cities, Electronic Villages, National Master Plan for Rural ICT, Developing ten thousands Rural ICT Teleservice Centers in Iran, and creating Master Plan for ICT Development in Mazandaran Province.
He was also director of the first Persian-based Learning Management System (LMS) software, developed for the Ministry of Education in Iran. Jalali is author of numerous papers and several books in the area of science and technology: Electronic Cities, Electronic Village, Application Service Provider (ASP), E-Learning Dictionary which is published through contract for Ministry of Education are some sample of his recent books. One of his latest book, “Reduced Order Systems,” that has potential applications for space exploration has been published by Springer Publisher in US since 2006.

Jalali is founder and director of the first Internet and Electronic City in Kish, director of IT master plan for Mashhad Electronic City, founder of the first Rural Telecenter in remote village of Gharnabad which received great attention at the national and international level, and founder of the first Internet village, Shahkooh, in Iran. Shahkooh had become one of the top news reports for Associated Press, USA Today, Yahoo, Washington Post and CNN from 4th to 6 July 2002.[3][4]


Jalali is a member of the IEEE and Iranian Society of Instrument & Control Engineering (ISCI). He also was member of UNESCO International Center for Engineering Education (UICEE) and The Asia Pacific Center of Educational Innovation for Development (ACEID). He is an ICT consular for representative UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, covering Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan. He is also a member of the executive board for Iran Information and Communication Technology Association and a member of executive board for Iranian Association for Studies on Information Society.


Jalali has been the driving force for many important IT and ICT projects implemented inside Iran.

Shahkooh The first Iranian Internet Village

Shahkooh is a small village located in the heart of the Alborz mountains which is connected to the city of Gorgan from the north and to the city of Shahrood from the east. Shahkooh is the first Internet village in Iran and has become one of the top news reports for Associated Press, USA today, Yahoo, Washington Post and CNN from 4th to 6 July 2002. [5] The vision of Shahkooh is to increase computer knowledge of the resident so that all of them can use computers and the Internet, then to be converted into the Iran IT Center. In the village, Internet and computer training courses are organized in all age levels with the cooperation of faculty community members. Each year, at least 400 villagers learn computer basics in Shahkooh. No other Iranian village have progressed as far as Shahkooh, 240 miles northeast of Tehran, in tapping the Internet's potential to widen its horizons. [6]

Fourth Wave of Change Theory and Rural ICT Center

Jalali has more than 14 years of experience in the field of Science and Information Technology in various disciplines. He is well known for his theory "Virtual Age the fourth wave of change" and for his activities towards the development of ICT and its applications in Iran. Jalali is among top IT experts in Iran. He has received National Award from Ministry of Cultural for the best translated book of the year "Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)", in the field of computer, 2001. Also Jalali has received National Award for the best researcher of year in the field of Information Technology in Iran, from 2nd Internet and Telephone card Festival, 2004. He is the winner on the best creativity and innovation of the 2007 eASIA Award category – Bridging Digital Divide for his project “The First Rural ICT Center in Iran Gharnabad Village”.


1. MS thesis "An Algorithm For Signal Flow Graph Representation of Digital Filters," University of Oklahoma, 1988.
2. Ph.D. dissertation "Filtering, Smoothing and Deconvolution in a Discrete H-infinity Setting; A Game Theory Approach," West Virginia University, 1993.
3. Book (translated) "Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)", Iran University of Science and Technology, 2000.
4. Book (translated) "Contemporary Linear Systems, Using MATLAB (CLS)", Iran University of Science and Technology, 2001.
5. Book (edited) "Aladdin Magic Lamp and Internet", WIECC2001, IUST, 2001.
6. Book (edited) "Application Service Provider, ASP", Tadbir Co., IUST, 2002. (Ready for print)
7. Book (edited) "Fourth Wave", IUST, 2002. (Ready for print).
8. Book (edited) "One Year effort toward, introducing the Value of Information Technology to Public", IUST, 2002. (Ready for print). [7]
9. Book (edited) Reduced Order Systems, Springer, 2006.
10. Book (edited) Socio-Economic Impacts of Rural ICT in Iran, UNESCO, 2006 .


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