Faculty positions

photo of Shwetak Patel Shwetak N. Patel is the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, where he directs his research group, the Ubicomp Lab. He was the first faculty member to join the Experimental Computer Engineering Lab (ExCEL) in 2008. His research interests are in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, Sensor-enabled Embedded Systems, and User Interface Software and Technology. His work includes developing new sensing systems, energy and water sensing, mobile health, and developing new interaction technologies.

Shwetak was a founder of Zensi, Inc., a residential energy monitoring company, which was acquired by Belkin, Inc in 2010. He is also a co-founder of SNUPI Technologies, a low-power wireless sensor company. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008 and B.S. in Computer Science in 2003. Shwetak is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (2011), Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship (2011), Sloan Fellowship (2012), TR-35 Award (2009), World Economic Forum Young Global Scientist Award (2013), and an NSF Career Award (2013). He was also was named top innovator of the year by Seattle Business Magazine, was named Newsmaker of the year by Seattle Business Journal in 2011.

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						    Reynolds Matt Reynolds is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering (joint appointment) at the University of Washington. He was previously the Nortel Networks Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University. He is also co-founder of the RFID systems firm ThingMagic Inc (acquired by Trimble Navigation), the energy conservation firm Zensi (acquired by Belkin), and the home sensing company SNUPI Inc. Matt's research interests include RFID, energy efficiency at the physical layer of wireless communication, and the physics of sensing and actuation. Matt received the Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab in 2003, where he was a Motorola Fellow, as well as S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, has received five Best Paper awards, and has 24 issued and over 40 pending patents.

photo of Georg Seelig Georg Seelig, Assistant Professor, joined the CSE and EE faculty in Spring 2009, as part of ExCEL. Seelig received his Diploma in Physics from the University of Basel in 1999 and his PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Geneva in 2003. Prior to joining UW, he held a postdoc in synthetic biology at Caltech. In 2007, he received a Career Award at the Scientific Interface from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Seelig is interested in understanding how biological organisms process information using complex biochemical networks and how such networks can be engineered to program cellular behavior. The focus of his research is the identification of systematic design rules for the de novo construction of biological control circuits with DNA and RNA components. His approach integrates the design of molecular circuitry in the test tube and in the cell with the investigation of existing biological pathways like the microRNA pathway. Such engineered circuits and circuit elements are being applied to problems in disease diagnostics and therapy.

photo of Joshua R. Smith Joshua R. Smith leads the Sensor Systems research group. The group invents new sensor systems, devises new ways to power them, and develops algorithms for using them. The research has application in the domains of robotics, ubiquitous computing, and HCI.

Current projects in the area of wireless power include FREE-D, which aims to wirelessly power modern artificial hearts, known as Left Ventricular Assist Devices; WARP, sensor units powered by signals from TV and cell phone towers; and WISP, fully-programmable sensing and computing platforms that are powered by RFID readers. In the area of robotics, the group is working on sensing techniques to support mobile manipulation and Personal Robotics. We have a Willow Garage PR2 robot. We are developing novel "seashell effect pretouch" sensors for the PR2, and manipulation techniques using these sensors. The sensors and software will be made available to the Personal Robotics community.