Shyam Gollakota ( Also go by as Shyamnath Gollakota )
Torode Professor, Paul G. Allen School of CSE
Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Adjunct Professor, ECE
Director of Computing for Health Lab
Director of UW Networks & Mobile Systems Lab
Room 568, Paul G. Allen Center
University of Washington
Box 352350, Seattle, WA 98195
My group is highly inter-disciplinary spanning computer scientists, electrical, mechanical and aerospace engineers and we closely work with biologists and physicians. We are driven by our curiosity to explore science and technology and to tackle hard technical and societal problems. We work across hardware, algorithms, signal processing and machine learning to build systems that previously were not thought possible.
My group has made multiple inventions including battery-free computers that float in the wind, ambient backscatter, Wi-Fi sensing, battery-free phones, active sonar on smart phones, Internet of plastic things, computing for insects, wireless bio-robots and created various computing tools that democratize medical diagnostics and care including contactless breathing and heart rhythm monitoring, blood clot and ear infection testing using smartphones.
Inventions from our lab
- Internet of bio-inspired things: computers that float in the wind, UW Robofly, airdropping sensors
- Internet of biological things: bees with sensors, cameras imitating insect eyes, tracking "murder" hornets
- Internet of plastic things: 3D printing Wi-Fi sensors, prosthetic arms and clothes as hard drives
- Battery-free computing: phones without batteries, streaming cameras and power over Wi-Fi
- Ambient backscatter: reflecting TV, Wi-Fi, FM, Bluetooth and LoRa signals to communication
- ML for earables: on-device directional hearing, AI-based clearbuds
- Mobile computing for audiology: ear infections, middle ear disorders with tymponometry
- Blood testing on smartphones: blood clot testing with a single drop, laser speckle with smartphone LiDAR
- Technology for opioid overdoses: detection using smartphones, naloxone wearable injector
- AI for contactless cardiology: Detecting cardiac arrest, irregular heart rhythm
- Smart speakers and phones as tricorders: breathing monitor, sleep apnea, infant monitoring
- Wireless sensing: Wi-Fi gesture recognition, RFID gestures, imaging using Wi-Fi, tracking fingers tracking, and VR headsets
- Embracing wireless interference: ZigZag decoding, analog network coding, and securing implants
Graduate Students and Mentees
- Anran Wang (Ph.D., Sound Life Sciences)
- Vikram Iyer (Ph.D., assistant prof. at University of Washington, Marconi Young Scholar, SIGMOBILE Dissertation award)
- Mehrdad Hessar (Ph.D., OctoML)
- 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, SIGMOBILE Dissertation award)
- 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)
- 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 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
Open source code & Technology transfer
- Underwater messaging using mobile devices
Tuochao Chen, Justin Chan, Shyam Gollakota
ACM SIGCOMM 2022
- ClearBuds: Wireless binaural earbuds for learning-based speech enhancement (Project page)
Ishan Chatterjee, Maurchi Kim, Vivek Jayaram, Shyam Gollakota, Ira Kemelmacher, Shwetak Patel, Steve Seitz
ACM MobiSys 2022
- Performing tympanometry using smartphones
Justin Chan, Ali Najafi, Mallory Baker, Julie Kinsman, Lisa Mancl, Susan Norton, Randall Bly, Shyam Gollakota
Communications Medicine 2022
- Wind-dispersal of battery-free wireless devices
Vikram Iyer, Hans Gaensbauer, Tom Daniel, Shyam Gollakota
- Testing a drop of liquid using smartphone liDAR
Justin Chan, Ananditha Raghunath, Kelly Michaelsen, Shyam Gollakota
ACM IMWUT 2022
- Micro-mechanical blood clot testing using smartphones (Project page)
Justin Chan, Kelly Michaelsen, Joanne Estergreen, Daniel Sabath, Shyam Gollakota.
Nature Communications 2022
- Hybrid neural networks for on-device directional hearing (Project page)
Anran Wang, Maruchi Kim, Hao Zhang, Shyam Gollakota.
- Closed-loop wearable naloxone injector system
Justin Chan, Vikram Iyer, Anran Wang, Alex Lyness, Preetma Kooner, Jake Sunshine and Shyam Gollakota.
Scientific Reports 2021
- Using Smart Speakers to Contactless Monitor Heart Rhythms (Project page)
Anran Wang, Dan Nguyen, Arun Sridhar and Shyam Gollakota.
Communications Biology 2021
- 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 (coverage)
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.