Sensor Systems Laboratory

Inventing new technology for sensing, robotics, wireless power, and medical devices

Joshua R. Smith, Ph. D.
Milton and Delia Zeutschel Professor
Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Washington

About Our Research


In the Sensor Systems Laboratory we invent new sensor systems, devise innovative ways to power and communicate with them, and develop algorithms for using them. Our research has applications in the domains of bioelectronics, robotics, and ubiquitous computing. Current research projects include: near field (non-radiative) wireless power transfer, far field (radiative) wirelessly powered sensing platforms, and novel sensors for robotic manipulation. One theme that runs through our work is machine sensing techniques that are not modeled on human perception. Another theme is the use of RF signals for sensing and power transfer, rather than communication. An additional recent theme is generalizations of backsckatter for novel low power communication.

Joshua R. Smith, PhD

Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Voice: 206 685 2094

Fax: 206 543 2969

Office: CSE 556 Lab: ECE 371


National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • CI-ADDO-EN: Infrastructure for the RF-Powered Computing Community, CNS-1305072

  • NeTS: Medium: Networking Out of Thin Air, CNS-1407583

  • NRI: Electrosense Imaging for Underwater Telepresence and Maniupultion, IIS-1427419

Mailing address:

Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering

[express mail add: 185 Stevens Way]

University of Washington

Box 352350

Seattle, WA 98195-2350

NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) on Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, EEC-1028725

National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes

  • Bioengineering Research Grant award 1R2-1HL118611-01

  • Intel Science and Technology Center (ISTC) for Pervasive Computing

Google Faculty Research Awards

Gift from Microsoft Research

Bosch Corporation

UW Center for Commercialization (C4C)

Washington Research Foundation

UW Center for Process Analysis and Control (CPAC)