Vikram Iyer

Office: Allen Center 648
Mailing Address: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering
185 E Stevens Way NE, Campus Box 352350
Seattle, WA 98195-2350

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About Me

I am an assistant professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering and co-director of the CS for Environment Initiative. I also have an adjunct appointment in Mechanical Engineering. My work takes an interdisciplinary approach to connect ideas between different engineering domains and biology to build end-to-end wireless systems that push the boundaries of technology with particular focus on size, weight, and power. This includes technologies for ultra-low power communication using backscatter, insect-scale wireless robots, battery-free sensors, as well as cameras and sensors small enough to ride on the back of live insects like beetles and bumblebees. In 2020 I worked closely with the Washington Department of Agriculture to wirelessly track the invasive "murder" hornets, which resulted in the destruction of the first nest in the US (featured on Discovery). My work has been recognized by a Microsoft Research Fellowship, the Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar award, a AAAS member spotlight, Geekwire's Innovation of the Year Award, and best paper awards.

My research interests are broad and our group is currently exploring technologies for use in wildlife tracking and conservation, microrobots, and medical devices. We're also working to develop novel bio-integrated sensors and building computing platforms with sustainable materials.

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Students and Mentorship

PhD Students
Kyle Johnson (NSF Fellowship, Google Scholarship, GEM Fellowship, co-advised with Sawyer Fuller)
Vicente Arroyos (GEM Fellowship, Clean Energy Institute Fellowship)
Qiuyue (Shirley) Xue (co-advised with Shwetak Patel)
Zhihan Zhang (co-advised with Shwetak Patel, Clean Energy Institute Fellowship)
Zachary Englhardt (co-advised with Shwetak Patel)
Yash Talwekar (advised by Sawyer Fuller)

Masters Students
Nishant Elkunchwar (now at Monarch Tractor)
Suvesha Chandrasekaran(now at Amazon)

Chun-Cheng Chang
Aisha Cora
Maitri Dedhia
Be-Emnet Elias
Kevin Hernandez-Ramos
Michael Ibrahim
Eric Martin
Dilini Nissanka
William Vera
Matiyas Yared
Raul Villanueva
Dennis Yin (now UW ECE MS)
Tilboon Elberier (now UCLA PhD)
Hans Gaensbauer (now at Gridware)
Jose Jaime (now at Sound Life Sciences)
Ian Culhane (now at MRV Systems)
Ryan Feng (now at University of Michigan, Ph.D.)