Shyam Gollakota
Inventions - Awards - Publications - Code - Group

Moore Inventor Fellow
Thomas J. Cable Endowed Professor
Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington

Head of the Mobile Intelligence Lab

Co-leading the TUNE project

Co-founder of Wavely Diagnostics

My inter-disciplinary group spans computer scientists, electrical, mechanical & aerospace engineers, biologists and physicians. We are driven by our curiosity to tackle hard technical and societal problems. We do not constrain ourselves with the boundaries of traditional research disciplines and instead go wherever the problems take us. We work across machine learning, signal processing and hardware to build intelligent systems that previously were not thought possible. Our work has been licensed by ResMed Inc, and is in use by millions of users. Our startup Sound Life Sciences was acquired by Google. I was also CEO of a startup where we obtained FDA 510(k) clearance for the technology developed in my lab. We also worked closely with the Washington Department of Agriculture to wirelessly track invasive "murder" hornets, which resulted in the destruction of the first nest in the United States.

Latest News

Jun 2024: Introducing knowledge boosting for model collaboration during low-latency inference

May 2024: Check out our work on target speech hearing that appeared at CHI (Popular science, Tech Review)

Apr 2024: Look once to hear for target speech hearing wins honorable mention award at CHI 2024

Nov 2023: Check out our exciting work on semantic hearing that appeared at UIST (Tech Review)

Sep 2023: Nature Communications paper on acoustic swarms to create speech zones

Sep 2023: Science Robotics paper on battery-free origami microfliers

July 2023: SIGCOMM paper on underwater GPS for smart devices

June 2023: Justin Chan to join CMU as an assistant professor

March 2023: Deep learning for low-power video streaming, NeuriCam

Jan 2023: Waveformer architecture to enable real-time target sound extraction

Nov 2022: Geekwire reports on Google acquisition of Sound Life Sciences

Nov 2022: TUNE project on helping create universal newborn hearing screening in Kenya (Nature Biomedical Engineering paper, Wired)

June 2022: Check out our work on AI-enabled wireless clearbuds (IEEE Spectrum, TechCrunch, Nvidia)

June 2022: Vikram Iyer awarded the ACM SIGMOBILE dissertation award

March 2022: AAAI paper on deep learning for on-device directional hearing

March 2022: Nature paper on computers and sensors that float in the wind like dandelion seeds

Feb 2022: Nature Communications paper on blood clot testing using smartphones


Maruchi Kim, PhD student

Bandhav Veluri, PhD student, Meta Fellowship

Tuochao Chen, PhD student, Meta Fellowship

Malek Itani, PhD student

Vidya Srinivas, PhD student


Justin Chan, PhD, assistant prof at CMU

Anran Wang, PhD, Sound Life Sciences → Google

Vikram Iyer, PhD, assistant prof at University of Washington, Marconi Young Scholar, SIGMOBILE Dissertation award

Mehrdad Hessar, PhD, OctoML

Ali Najafi, PhD, VMWare Research

Kelly Michaelsen, Mentee, assistant prof at UW Medicine

Rajalakshmi Nandakumar, PhD, assistant prof at Cornell, Marconi Young Scholar, SIGMOBILE Dissertation award

Vamsi Talla, PhD, CTO of Jeeva Wireless, SIGMOBILE Dissertation award, SIGCOMM Dissertation award

Bryce Kellogg, MS, co-founder Jeeva Wireless

Vincent Liu, assistant prof at U. Penn

Aaron Parks, co-founder Jeeva Wireless

Collin Pernu, Undergraduate, Starfish space

Hans Gaensbauer, Undergraduate, MIT PhD student

Hao Zhang, Undergraduate, Wisconsin PhD student

Kyle Johnson, Undergraduate, UW PhD student

Vicente Arroyos, Undergraduate, UW PhD student

Jose Jaime, Undergraduate, Sound Life Sciences → Google

Ryan Feng, Undergraduate, Michigan PhD student

Qifan Pu, Undergraduate, Berkeley PhD


ACM CHI Honorable mention award, 2024

Moore Inventor Fellow, 2021

ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, 2020

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 Review, 2016

World Technology Award, 2015

CoMotion Presidential Fellow, 2015

NSF Career Award, 2015

Alfred Sloan Fellowship, 2015

Forbes 30 under 30 Energy, 2015

Technology Review TR35, 2014

ACM MOBICOM Best Paper Award, 2013

ACM SIGCOMM Best Paper Award, 2013

George M. Sprowls Award for Best Dissertation, MIT, 2013

ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2012

ACM SIGCOMM 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

Inventions from my lab

My lab has made multiple inventions including battery-free computers that float in the wind, origami microfliers, ambient backscatter, Wi-Fi sensing and imaging, acoustic swarms, battery-free phones, active sonar on smart devices and Internet of bio-inspired and biological things. We also created various computing tools for medical diagnostics like contactless breathing, cardiac arrest and irregular heart rhythm monitoring, blood clot and ear infection testing using smartphones and new-born hearing screening using earbuds.

We are currently working on augmenting the human auditory perception with artificial intelligence to create enhanced human capabilities like semantic hearing and target speech hearing that have until now been in the realm of science fiction. We recently introduced knowledge boosting that enables collaboration between small and large deep learning models during low-latency inference. We have also been intrigued by the dynamics in human conversations and introduced the concept of target conversation extraction.

Latest Publications (see all)

Knowledge boosting during low-latency inference

Vidya Srinivas, Malek Itani, Tuochao Chen, Emre Sefik Eskimez, Takuya Yoshioka, Shyam Gollakota
Interspeech, 2024.

Target conversation extraction: Source separation using turn-taking dynamics

Tuochao Chen, Qirui Wang, Bohan Wu, Malek Itani, Emre Sefik Eskimez, Takuya Yoshioka, Shyam Gollakota
Interspeech, 2024.

Look once to hear: Target speech hearing with noisy examples

Bandhav Veluri, Malek Itani, Tuochao Chen, Takuya Yoshioka, Shyam Gollakota
ACM CHI, 2024 (Honorable mention award).

Semantic hearing: Programming acoustic scenes with binaural hearables

Bandhav Veluri, Malek Itani, Justin Chan, Takuya Yoshioka, Shyam Gollakota
ACM UIST, 2023.

Solar-powered shape-changing origami microfliers

Kyle Johnson, Vicente Arroyos, Amelie Ferran, Raul Villanueva, Dennis Yin, Tilboon Elberier, Alberto Aliseda, Sawyer Fuller, Vikram Iyer, Shyam Gollakota
Science Robotics, 2023.

Creating speech zones with self-distributing acoustic swarms

Malek Itani, Tuochao Chen, Takuya Yoshioka, Shyam Gollakota
Nature Communications, 2023.

Underwater 3D positioning on smart devices

Tuochao Chen, Justin Chan, and Shyam Gollakota
SIGCOMM, 2023.

NeuriCam: Key-Frame Video Super-Resolution and Colorization for IoT Cameras

Bandhav Veluri, Collin Pernu, Ali Saffari, Josh Smith, Michael Taylor, Shyam Gollakota

Wireless earbuds for low-cost hearing screening

Justin Chan, Antonio Glenn, Malek Itani, Lisa Mancl, Emily Gallagher, Randy Bly, Shwetak Patel, Shyam Gollakota
ACM MobiSys, 2023.

Real-time target sound extraction

Bandhav Veluri, Justin Chan, Malek Itani, Tuochao Chen, Takuya Yoshioka, Shyam Gollakota

A Low-power wearable acoustic device for accurate invasive arterial pressure monitoring

Maruchi Kim, Anran Wang, Srdjan Jelacic, Andrew Bowdle, Shyam Gollakota, Kelly Michaelsen
Communications Medicine, 2023.

ClearBuds: Wireless binaural earbuds for learning-based speech enhancement

Ishan Chatterjee, Maurchi Kim, Vivek Jayaram, Shyam Gollakota, Ira Kemelmacher, Shwetak Patel, Steve Seitz
ACM MobiSys, 2022.

Hybrid neural networks for on-device directional hearing

Anran Wang, Maruchi Kim, Hao Zhang, Shyam Gollakota
AAAI, 2022.

Wind dispersal of battery-free wireless devices

Vikram Iyer, Hans Gaensbauer, Tom Daniel, Shyam Gollakota
Nature, 2022.

Underwater messaging using mobile devices

Tuochao Chen, Justin Chan, Shyam Gollakota
SIGCOMM, 2022 (ACM SIGMOBILE Highlight).

An off-the-shelf otoacoustic-emission probe for hearing screening via a smartphone

Justin Chan, Nada Ali, Ali Najafi, Anna Meehan, Lisa Mancl, Emily Gallagher, Randy Bly, Shyam Gollakota
Nature Biomedical Engineering, 2022.

Performing tympanometry using smartphones

Justin Chan, Ali Najafi, Mallory Baker, Julie Kinsman, Lisa Mancl, Susan Norton, Randall Bly, Shyam Gollakota
Communications Medicine, 2022.

Micro-mechanical blood clot testing using smartphones

Justin Chan, Kelly Michaelsen, Joanne Estergreen, Daniel Sabath, Shyam Gollakota
Nature Communications, 2022.

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