Shyam Gollakota ( Also go by as Shyamnath Gollakota )
Associate Professor, Paul G. Allen School of CSE
Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Adjunct Associate Professor, ECE
Director of UW Computing for Health
Director of UW Networks & Mobile Systems Lab
Room 568, Paul G. Allen Center
University of Washington
Box 352350, Seattle, WA 98195
I am an associate professor in the Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. I lead the
Networks and Mobile Systems and Computing for Health groups. My group’s research is driven by curiosity to ask questions that push the boundaries of what is possible across various topics including computer networks, insect-scale wireless robotics, computational health, mobile systems and ubiquitous computing. I earned my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and my B.Tech. degree from IIT Madras.
Open source code & Technology transfer
Check out our thoughts on open problems in backscatter networks
IEEE Spectrum article on our Internet of Plastic things
Ongoing efforts with Department of Agriculture on wirelessly tracking murder hornets
Check out our MobiCom work on airdropping wireless sensors
Science Robotics paper and focus article on insect-scale steerable wireless cameras ( NPR, CNN, CNBC)
Keynote talk at UbiComp Mental Health: Sensing & Intervention 2020
Vikram named a Marconi Young Scholar in 2020
Keynote talk at IEEE SECON 2020
NYTimes op-ed on using smart devices for COVID19 early detection
Read our privacy-preserving protocols (PACT) for contact tracing while upholding civil liberties
Serving on the ACM MobiCom steering committee
Check out our two-year long effort on creating TinySDR, an IoT radio platform
Shared thoughts on mobile health with Geekwire Health Tech podcast
Check out our work on using white noise for infant monitoring
Justin authors a Lancet Perspective
Check out our work on Living IoT for insects ( NBC News, Forbes, Seattle times)
Presented our bio-robotics work at the Amazon AI Summit ( slides)
First wireless fly-sized drone takes off ( IEEE Spectrum, Economist, Wired)
Nature npj Digital Medicine paper on contactless cardiac arrest detection ( Bloomberg, Stat News, Digital Trends)
Science Translational Medicine paper on middle ear fluid detection with smartphones ( NYTimes, NPR)
Edus Health commercializing our work on ear infection detection
Science Translational Medicine paper on opioid overdose detection ( Scientific American, Washington Post)
Sound Life Sciences commericalizing our work on smartphone-based overdose detection
Rajalakshmi named a Marconi Young Scholar in 2018
Printed Analytics listed as one of amazing things 3D printed in 2018
uLocate wins best paper award at SenSys 2018
LoRa backscatter awarded distingushed paper award at UbiComp
SleepScore app by ResMed uses our active sonar technology for sleep staging
ResMed licenses our active sonar system for sleep apnea and staging
Program chair for MobiCom 2019 spearheading the new two-deadline format
Thanks to Google for the faculty award
Paul Allen's team highlights three of our projects
Powering smartphones across a room ( Forbes, Wired)
Vikram Iyer wins the 2018 Microsoft Research Ph.D. fellowship
Vamsi Talla wins both the 2017 SIGCOMM as well as SIGMOBILE dissertation awards!!
Enabling plastic objects to communicate over Wi-Fi ( video)
Data storage on clothes without electronics ( Scientific American, Technology Review)
Backscatter at a kilometer range ( Economist, Tech Review)
Organizing the exciting UW MSR institute on Unpacking the Future of IoT
Battery-free phone ( NYtimes, CNN, Forbes, Wired)
Thanks to the community for the SIGMOBILE RockStar Award 2017
Named as a Forbes All-Star Alumni 2017
Graduate Students and Mentees
Ali Najafi (Ph.D., VMWare Research)
Kelly Michaelsen (Mentee, assistant prof at UW Medicine, FAER Grantee)
Rajalakshmi Nandakumar (Ph.D., assistant Prof at Cornell, Marconi Young Scholar)
Vamsi Talla (Postdoc, CTO of Jeeva Wireless, SIGMOBILE Dissertation award, SIGCOMM Dissertation award)
Bryce Kellogg (M.S., co-founder Jeeva Wireless)
I also worked closely with
Vincent Liu (now assistant Prof at U. Penn) and Aaron Parks (co-founder Jeeva Wireless)
SenSys Best Paper Award, 2018
IMWUT Distinguished Paper Award, 2018
SIGMOBILE RockStar Award, 2017
Forbes 30 under 30 All-Star Alumni, 2017
Popular Science Brilliant Ten, 2016
SIGCOMM Best Paper Award, 2016
Visionaries 2020, CNN, 2016
NSDI Best Paper Award, 2016
10 Tech Breakthroughs, MIT Tech Review, 2016
World Technology Award, Communication Technology, 2015
CoMotion Presidential Innovation Fellow, 2015
NSF Career Award, 2015
Alfred Sloan Fellowship, 2015
Forbes 30 under 30 Energy, 2015
Technology Review TR35, Innovators Under the Age of 35, 2014
ACM MOBICOM Best Paper Award, 2013
ACM SIGCOMM Best Paper Award, 2013
George M. Sprowls Award for Best Dissertation in CS, MIT, 2013
ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2012
ACM SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2012
ACM SIGCOMM Best Paper Award, 2011
ACM SIGCOMM Best Paper Award, 2008
William A. Martin SM Thesis Award, 2008
IIT Madras Institute Award in Computer Science, 2006
Advances and Open Problems in Backscatter Networking Vamsi Talla, Joshua Smith and Shyam Gollakota.
Airdropping Sensor Networks from Drones and Insects Vikram Iyer, Maruchi Kim, Shirley Xue, Anran Wang and Shyam Gollakota.
Wireless steerable vision for live insects and insect-scale robots Vikram Iyer, Ali Najafi, Johannes James, Sawyer Fuller and Shyam Gollakota.
Science Robotics 2020
TinySDR: Low-Power SDR Platform for Over-the-Air Programmable IoT Testbeds Mehrdard Hessar, Ali Najafi, Vikram Iyer and Shyam Gollakota.
Identifying Pediatric Vascular Anomalies With Deep Learning Justin Chan, Sharat Raju, Randall Bly, Jonathan Perkins and Shyam Gollakota.
Contactless Infant Monitoring using White Noise Anran Wang, Jacob Sunshine and Shyam Gollakota.
Contactless cardiac arrest detection using smart devices pdf)
Justin Chan, Thomas Rea, Shyam Gollakota and Jacob Sunshine.
npj Digital Medicine, 2019
( Detecting middle ear fluid using smartphones pdf)
Justin Chan, Sharat Raju, Rajalakshmi Nandakumar, Randall Bly and Shyam Gollakota.
Science Translational Medicine, 2019
MilliSonic: Pushing the Limits of Acoustic Motion Tracking Anran Wang and Shyam Gollakota.
( Opioid Overdose Detection Using Smartphones pdf)
Rajalakshmi Nandakumar, Shyam Gollakota and Jacob Sunshine.
Science Translational Medicine, 2019
Living IoT: A Flying Wireless Platform on Live Insects Vikram Iyer, Rajalakshmi Nandakumar, Anran Wang, Sawyer Fuller and Shyam Gollakota.
NetScatter: Enabling Large-Scale Backscatter Networks Mehrdad Hessar, Ali Najafi and Shyam Gollakota.
3D Localization for Sub-Centimeter Sized Devices (Best Paper Award)
Rajalakshmi Nandakumar, Vikram Iyer and Shyam Gollakota.
Wireless Analytics for 3D Printed Objects (
Most amazing things 3D printed in 2018) Vikram Iyer, Justin Chan, Ian Culhane, Jennifer Mankoff and Shyam Gollakota.
Surface MIMO: Using Conductive Surfaces for MIMO Between Small Devices Justin Chan, Anran Wang, Vikram Iyer and Shyam Gollakota.
Liftoff of a 190 mg Laser-Powered Aerial Vehicle: The Lightest Wireless Robot to Fly Johannes James, Vikram Iyer, Yogesh Chukewad, Shyam Gollakota, Sawyer Fuller.
Towards Battery-Free HD Video Streaming Saman Naderiparizi, Mehrdad Hessar, Vamsi Talla, Shyam Gollakota and Josh Smith.
Charging a Smartphone Across a Room Using Lasers Vikram Iyer, Elyas Bayati, Rajalakshmi Nandakumar, Arka Majumdar and Shyam Gollakota.
3D Printing Wireless Connected Objects Vikram Iyer, Justin Chan and Shyam Gollakota.
Data Storage and Interaction using Magnetized Fabric Justin Chan and Shyam Gollakota.
Covertband: Activity Information Leakage using Music Rajalakshmi Nandakumar, Alex Takakuwa, Yoshi Kohno and Shyam Gollakota.
LoRa Backscatter: Enabling the Vision of Ubiquitous Connectivity (Distinguished Paper Award)
Vamsi Talla, Mehrdad Hassar, Bryce Kellogg, Ali Najafi, Josh Smith and Shyam Gollakota.
Battery-free Cellphone Vamsi Talla, Bryce Kellogg, Shyam Gollakota and Josh Smith.
FM Backscatter: Enabling Connected Cities and Smart Fabrics Anran Wang, Vikram Iyer, Vamsi Talla, Josh Smith and Shyam Gollakota.
Enabling On-Body Transmissions with Commodity Devices Mehrdad Hessar, Vikram Iyer and Shyam Gollakota.
Inter-Technology Backscatter: Towards Internet Connectivity for Implanted Devices (Best Paper Award)
Vikram Iyer, Vamsi Talla, Bryce Kellogg, Shyam Gollakota and Josh Smith.
FingerIO: Using Active Sonar for Fine-Grained Finger Tracking (Honorable Mention Award)
Rajalakshmi Nandakumar, Vikram Iyer, Shyam Gollakota, and Desney Tan.
Passive Wi-Fi: Bringing Low Power to Wi-Fi Transmissions (Best Paper Award)
Bryce Kellogg, Vamsi Talla, Shyam Gollakota, and Josh Smith.
Leveraging Dual-Observable Input
for Fine-Grained Thumb Interaction Using Forearm EMG Donny Huang, Xiaoyi Zhang, Scott Saponas, James Fogarty, and Shyam Gollakota.
Powering the Next Billion Devices With Wi-Fi (Best Paper Nominee)
Vamsi Talla, Bryce Kellogg, Ben Ransford, Saman Naderiparizi, Shyam Gollakota, and Josh Smith.
ACM CoNext 2015
Contactless Sleep Apnea Detection on Smartphones (Best Paper Nominee)
Rajalakshmi Nandakumar, Shyam Gollakota, and Nathaniel Watson.
ACM MobiSys, 2015
A Contactless System for Respiratory
Rajalakshmi Nandakumar, Shyam Gollakota, and Nathaniel Watson.
Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, 2015 (Oral Presentation)
Feasibility and Limits of Wi-Fi Imaging Donny Huang, Rajalakshmi Nandakumar, and Shyam Gollakota.
ACM SenSys, 2014
Enabling Instantaneous Feedback with Full-Duplex Backscatter Vincent Liu, Vamsi Talla, and Shyam Gollakota.
ACM MOBICOM, 2014
Wi-Fi Backscatter: Internet Connectivity for RF-Powered Devices Bryce Kellogg, Aaron Parks, Shyam Gollakota, Josh Smith, and David Wetherall.
Turbocharging Ambient Backscatter Communication Angli Liu, Aaron Parks, Shyam Gollakota, and Josh Smith.
ACM SIGCOMM, 2014
Non-Invasive Tongue Machine Interface Qiao Zhang, Shyam Gollakota, Ben Taskar, and Raj Rao.
Bringing Gesture Recognition to All Devices Bryce Kellogg, Vamsi Talla, and Shyam Gollakota.
The Emergence of RF-Powered Computing Shyam Gollakota, Matt Reynolds, Josh Smith, and David Wetherall.
IEEE Computer Magazine, 2014
Whole-Home Gesture Recognition Using Wireless Signals
(Best Paper Award) Qifan Pu, Sidhant Gupta, Shyam Gollakota, and Shwetak Patel.
Ambient Backscatter: Wireless Communication out of Thin Air
(Best Paper Award) Vincent Liu, Aaron Parks, Vamsi Talla, Shyam Gollakota, David Wetherall, and Josh Smith.
Embracing Interference in Wireless Systems
(ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award)
MIT Ph.D. Thesis, September 2012.