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


We are grateful to the organizations that support our research.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Mailing address: 

Allen School of CSE

185 E Stevens Way NE

Box 352350

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98195-2350

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Lunar Surface Innovation Initiative, Tipping Point program

Early Stage Innovations program

National Institutes of Health (NIH) 

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes

Bosch Corporation

Google Faculty Research Awards

Gift & Student Fellowship from Microsoft Research

Innovation Gap Fund