Sensor Systems Laboratory

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

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

About Our Research


In the Sensor Systems Laboratory we invent new sensor systems, devise new 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 backscatter for novel low power communication.

Joshua R. Smith, PhD

Milton and Delia Zeutschel Professor, Allen School of CSE &

Dept. of ECE

University of Washington

Voice: 206 685 2094

Fax: 206 543 2969

Office: CSE 582

Lab: ECE 371


National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • NRI: FND: Multi-Manipulator Extensible Robotic Platforms, IIS-2024435

  • EFRI C3 SoRo: Muscle-like Cellular Architectures and Compliant, Distributed Sensing and Control for Soft Robots, EFMA-1832795

  • 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:

Allen School of CSE

185 Stevens Way

Box 352350

University of Washington

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)