Speaker: Shwetak Patel
University of Washington
Title: Applications of Computing to Energy and Health
Much of the fundamental research in computer science has been driven by the needs of those attempting to utilize computing for various applications, such as energy and health. Dr. Patel will talk about a new generation of electricity and water sensing systems that are capable of providing consumption data down to the individual appliance or device from single sensing points. He will also describe how microphones found on mobile phones can enable new health sensing applications. These projects follow the theme of finding usable signals in unusual places in order to enable scale. Dr. Patel's remarks will underscore advances in energy and health through the convergence of sensing, machine learning, and human-computer interaction.
Prof. Patel’s research interests are in the areas of human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, sensor-enabled embedded systems, and user interface technology. His particular focus is on developing easy-to-deploy sensing technologies and approaches for activity recognition and energy monitoring applications. In 2009, Prof. Patel received a TR-35 award and in 2010 he was named top innovator of the year by Seattle Business Magazine. In 2011, Prof. Patel was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. He also received a 2011 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship and, in 2012, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship.
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