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Joshua R. Smith

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Professor, Electrical Engineering
Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Biography

Joshua R. Smith is a professor of electrical engineering and of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington, where he leads the Sensor Systems Laboratory. He was named an Allen Distinguished Investigator by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and he is a Thrust Leader in the NSF Engineering Research Center on Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE).  His research focuses on inventing new sensor systems, devising new ways to power them and developing algorithms for using them. This research has applications in the domains of implanted medical devices, robotics, and ubiquitous computing.

Research Interests

Sensor systems, wireless power, RF and other power harvesting, sensing for robotics and ubiquitous computing.

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UW Professor of Electrical Engineering and Allen School Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Joshua Smith discusses our future in a world of technology - complete connectivity through the Internet. According to Smith, the Internet of Things (IoT) is already transforming the way we communicate with the world around us, from implantable devices that monitor our health to parking spaces that light up when a space is open.

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The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) is the first of its kind, marking the first time a Chinese research university has built a physical presence in the United States.

The University of Washington and Tsinghua University joined forces to establish the graduate institute in Bellevue, Washington. The space, which was funded through a $40 million donation from Microsoft, prototypes new technologies as one of the largest and most advanced maker spaces in the region.

GIX was founded as a catalyst for new innovation. The well-stocked maker space provides new students with the tools needed to conduct high-impact research. The vision of GIX is to support students as they tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems – from health to the environment.

“We intend to teach students enough in each area – design thinking, technology development and entrepreneurship – to build their confidence in pursuing their own innovations in high-impact fields such as health and sustainability, and improving standards of living both locally and globally,” UW Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering and GIX CTO Shwetak Patel said on the institute’s website.

After only two years, the institute’s vision came into being; a physical space was located and assembled, and a program was identified and developed. The quick turnaround reflects a passion for innovation from university educators. Professors of UW Electrical Engineering and Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering Joshua Smith and Matt Reynolds were members of the original curriculum committee for GIX. They have continued these efforts on the Interdisciplinary Faculty Group (IFG), which governs the academic degree program at GIX.

[caption id="attachment_11452" align="alignright" width="393"] The GIX building was named the Steve Balmer Building after Steve Balmer, the former CEO of Microsoft.[/caption]

When selecting students for the new program, Co-CEO at the institute and UW Vice-President for Innovation Strategy Vikram Jandhyala wanted to ensure the students at GIX had an entrepreneurial spirit.

“It was very hands-on,” Jandhyala said in a recent article. “We wanted to make sure they were self-starters in terms of being entrepreneurs, and they could do things not just measured by GPA or scores from their undergraduate years.”

In addition to Tsinghua, eight other universities and five other companies from around the world are partnering on GIX.

“Literally, we are bringing the world together,” said one of the key architects of the GIX vision and Microsoft President Brad Smith in a recent article.

This fall, GIX will open its doors to 43 students from China and the United States. In ten years, it is estimated that GIX will educate about 3,000 students. At this point, the 43 students are all a part of the master’s degree program. However, the institute’s leadership envision that GIX will grow to support a wide-range of programs, including refresher courses, virtual reality and remote learning.

"I'm very proud that EE and CSE faculty have been a part of the core group in the establishment of GIX," UW Electrical Engineering Professor and Chair Radha Poovendran said.

[caption id="attachment_11454" align="alignleft" width="200"] Microsoft President Brad Smith[/caption]

A grand opening for the institute was held on September 14. Leaders from both China and the Pacific Northwest attended. UW President Ana Mari Cauce, Governor Jay Inslee, and previous Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire were in attendance. Additionally, top executives from Microsoft, including Smith, CEO Satya Nadella and former CEO Steve Ballmer, and many Chinese officials, including the consul general from San Francisco and Tsinghua’s President Qiu Yong, attended the event.
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UW EE Professors Les Atlas, Karl Böhringer, Howard Chizeck, Blake Hannaford, Eric Klavins, Arka Majumdar, Shwetak Patel and Joshua Smith were awarded the 2017 Amazon Catalyst Fellowship.  In a partnership with the University of Washington, Amazon Catalyst supports bold solutions to world problems. The program provides funding, mentorship and community to the innovative projects.

Congratulations to all newly-minted Amazon Catalyst Fellows!

The Projects:

simsong.org
PI: Les Atlas

Active self-cleaning technology for solar panels
PI: Karl Böhringer

Haptic Passwords
PI: Howard Chizeck

IRA, the robot surgical assistant
PI: Blake Hannaford

UW BIOFAB: A cloud laboratory for genetic engineering
PI: Eric Klavins

Smart Eyewear
PI: Arka Majumdar

OsteoApp
PI: Shwetak Patel

Enabling district shared parking via energy harvesting wireless sensing technology
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                            [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_11453" align="alignleft" width="371"] UW President Ana Mari Cauce speaks at the GIX launch.[/caption]

The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) is the first of its kind, marking the first time a Chinese research university has built a physical presence in the United States.

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“We intend to teach students enough in each area – design thinking, technology development and entrepreneurship – to build their confidence in pursuing their own innovations in high-impact fields such as health and sustainability, and improving standards of living both locally and globally,” UW Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering and GIX CTO Shwetak Patel said on the institute’s website.

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[caption id="attachment_11452" align="alignright" width="393"] The GIX building was named the Steve Balmer Building after Steve Balmer, the former CEO of Microsoft.[/caption]

When selecting students for the new program, Co-CEO at the institute and UW Vice-President for Innovation Strategy Vikram Jandhyala wanted to ensure the students at GIX had an entrepreneurial spirit.

“It was very hands-on,” Jandhyala said in a recent article. “We wanted to make sure they were self-starters in terms of being entrepreneurs, and they could do things not just measured by GPA or scores from their undergraduate years.”

In addition to Tsinghua, eight other universities and five other companies from around the world are partnering on GIX.

“Literally, we are bringing the world together,” said one of the key architects of the GIX vision and Microsoft President Brad Smith in a recent article.

This fall, GIX will open its doors to 43 students from China and the United States. In ten years, it is estimated that GIX will educate about 3,000 students. At this point, the 43 students are all a part of the master’s degree program. However, the institute’s leadership envision that GIX will grow to support a wide-range of programs, including refresher courses, virtual reality and remote learning.

"I'm very proud that EE and CSE faculty have been a part of the core group in the establishment of GIX," UW Electrical Engineering Professor and Chair Radha Poovendran said.

[caption id="attachment_11454" align="alignleft" width="200"] Microsoft President Brad Smith[/caption]

A grand opening for the institute was held on September 14. Leaders from both China and the Pacific Northwest attended. UW President Ana Mari Cauce, Governor Jay Inslee, and previous Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire were in attendance. Additionally, top executives from Microsoft, including Smith, CEO Satya Nadella and former CEO Steve Ballmer, and many Chinese officials, including the consul general from San Francisco and Tsinghua’s President Qiu Yong, attended the event.
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UW EE Professors Les Atlas, Karl Böhringer, Howard Chizeck, Blake Hannaford, Eric Klavins, Arka Majumdar, Shwetak Patel and Joshua Smith were awarded the 2017 Amazon Catalyst Fellowship.  In a partnership with the University of Washington, Amazon Catalyst supports bold solutions to world problems. The program provides funding, mentorship and community to the innovative projects.

Congratulations to all newly-minted Amazon Catalyst Fellows!

The Projects:

simsong.org
PI: Les Atlas

Active self-cleaning technology for solar panels
PI: Karl Böhringer

Haptic Passwords
PI: Howard Chizeck

IRA, the robot surgical assistant
PI: Blake Hannaford

UW BIOFAB: A cloud laboratory for genetic engineering
PI: Eric Klavins

Smart Eyewear
PI: Arka Majumdar

OsteoApp
PI: Shwetak Patel

Enabling district shared parking via energy harvesting wireless sensing technology
PI: Joshua Smith
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                    [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_2304" align="alignleft" width="176"] Professor Joshua Smith[/caption]

UW Professor of Electrical Engineering and Allen School Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Joshua Smith discusses our future in a world of technology - complete connectivity through the Internet. According to Smith, the Internet of Things (IoT) is already transforming the way we communicate with the world around us, from implantable devices that monitor our health to parking spaces that light up when a space is open.

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Representative Publications

  • uMonitor: In-situ Energy Monitoring with Microwatt power consumption, Saman Naderiparizi, Aaron N. Parks, Farshid Salemi, Joshua R. Smith.
  • Large Area Wireless Power via a Planar Array of Coupled Resonators, Xingyi Shi, Joshua R. Smith, IEEE IWAT, Feb 2016.
  • Analysis of a Near Field Communication Wireless Power System, Yi Zhao, Brody Mahoney, Joshua R. Smith, IEEE WPTC, 2016.
  • A High-Voltage Compliant Neural Stimulator With HF Wireless Power and UHF Backscatter Communication, Vaishnavi Ranganathan, Brody Mahoney, Eric Pepin, Michael Sunshine, Chet T. Moritz, Jacques C. Rudell, Joshua R. Smith, IEEE WPTC, 2016.
  • Design and Analysis of Rectifying and Regulating Rectifier with PWM and PFM Modes, Vamsi Talla, Joshua R. Smith, IEEE Int'l Symposium on Circuits & Systems (ISCAS), May 2016.
  • Passive Wi-Fi: Bringing Low Power to Wi-Fi Transmissions, Bryce Kellogg, Vamsi Talla, Shyamnath Gollakota, Joshua R. Smith, Usenix Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI), 2016.

Associated Labs

Research Areas

Affiliations

Innovation/Entrepreneurship

Education

  • Ph.D., 1999
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.S., 1995
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.A. Physics and Theoretical Physics, 1997
    University of Cambridge
  • B.A. Computer Science, Philosophy, 1991
    Williams College