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Eric Klavins

  • Professor

Appointments

Professor, Electrical Engineering
Adjunct Associate Professor, Bioengineering
Adjunct Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Biography

Eric Klavins is a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received a B.M. in Music in 1992 and a B.S. in computer science in 1996 from San Francisco State University. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science and engineering in 1999 and 2001 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 2001 to 2003 he was a postdoctoral scholar in the Control and Dynamical Systems Department at the California Institute of Technology where he worked with Richard Murray. In 2003 Eric was hired in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle; he received tenure in 2009. He holds adjunct appointments in Computer Science and Engineering and in Bioengineering and is the Director for the UW Center for Synthetic Biology.

Until approximately 2008, Klavins’ research was primarily in computer science and control systems, focusing on stochastic processes, robotics and self-assembly. At about this time, he learned the basics of genetic engineering. In the next few years he switched fields to synthetic biology and now runs an interdisciplinary group of engineers, biologists, experimentalists, and theorists — all focused on engineering life. His current projects include synthetic multicellular systems with engineered bacteria and yeast, modeling and design for synthetic multicellular systems, and laboratory automation.

Research Interests

Synthetic biology.

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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

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PI: Eric Klavins

Smart Eyewear
PI: Arka Majumdar

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PI: Shwetak Patel

Enabling district shared parking via energy harvesting wireless sensing technology
PI: Joshua Smith
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[caption id="attachment_2315" align="alignleft" width="185"]Eric Klavins Professor Eric Klavins[/caption]

UW EE Professors Blake Hannaford and Eric Klavins have joined a community of innovators – The Amazon Catalyst Fellows. In a partnership with the University of Washington, Amazon Catalyst supports bold solutions to world problems.

Professor Blake Hannaford and his team at the UW BioRobotics Lab received the fellowship for the development of an Intelligent Robotic Assistant. The robot will offer precise and responsive assistance with important tasks in the operating room. It will be trained to the exact preferences of each surgeon, reducing errors and variability in precise and potentially dangerous operations such as brain tumor removal.

The technology will be derived from Amazon’s Alexa and similar responsive speech recognition devices, as well as learning-based artificial intelligence (AI) in the cloud. The learning-based AI will be used to analyze patterns in surgical outcomes from detailed logs of the operations.

Professor Eric Klavins became a fellow for his UW BIOFAB Cloud Laboratory for Genetic Engineering (UW BIOFAB), which allows users to define experimental workflows algorithmically, attach upstream design tools and send data to downstream analysis software. This process solves the issue of losing important experimental workflow and training data. With lost data of this type, many experiments cannot be reproduced, extended or transferred because the knowledge of how to do them has not been recorded in detail; this is especially problematic with synthetic biology.

UW BIOFAB offers a lab in the cloud service. The key innovation is the use of researchers to perform many of the steps in the workflows. It is based on Klavins’ software, Aquarium, which will run it.

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In collaboration with the Infinity Box Theatre Project, Klavins worked with a playwright to develop a script for the "Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human" festival, now in its third year. Short, one-act plays examine the impact of science on humanity.

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For Klavins, who also has a bachelor's of music, this is the first time he has combined his scientific research with an artistic pursuit. While researchers are excited about the possibilities of scientific advances, artists tend to explore the more pessimistic implications of research, he said.

"I think the most interesting thing is going to be the tension between artists and scientists," Klavins said.

This isn’t the first time a UW EE researcher has been involved in the "Thought Experiments" festival. In 2014, UW EE Professor Howard Chizeck was one of the scientists who collaborated on the theme of prosthetics and neural enhancements.

The "Thought Experiments" festival runs October 15-18 at UW's Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center Theatre. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.
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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

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PI: Eric Klavins

Smart Eyewear
PI: Arka Majumdar

OsteoApp
PI: Shwetak Patel

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[caption id="attachment_2315" align="alignleft" width="185"]Eric Klavins Professor Eric Klavins[/caption]

UW EE Professors Blake Hannaford and Eric Klavins have joined a community of innovators – The Amazon Catalyst Fellows. In a partnership with the University of Washington, Amazon Catalyst supports bold solutions to world problems.

Professor Blake Hannaford and his team at the UW BioRobotics Lab received the fellowship for the development of an Intelligent Robotic Assistant. The robot will offer precise and responsive assistance with important tasks in the operating room. It will be trained to the exact preferences of each surgeon, reducing errors and variability in precise and potentially dangerous operations such as brain tumor removal.

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                            [post_content] => 2015-10-13_Klavins_Thought-ExperimentsWhat do you get when playwrights and synthetic biologists put their heads together?  For Eric Klavins, UW EE associate professor, the result is something of a modern take on "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."

In collaboration with the Infinity Box Theatre Project, Klavins worked with a playwright to develop a script for the "Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human" festival, now in its third year. Short, one-act plays examine the impact of science on humanity.

This year's festival theme is genetics and synthetic biology, which is why Klavins, whose research focus is organisms that have been re-engineered in some way, was invited to collaborate. The resulting play, "Frivolous Natura," came about after Seattle playwright Kelly Mak interviewed Klavins about his work.  After some back and forth as Mak worked out the script with Klavins' input, what emerged was a tale reminiscent of Shakespeare’s story of lovers wooing each other, breaking up and reuniting.

For Klavins, who also has a bachelor's of music, this is the first time he has combined his scientific research with an artistic pursuit. While researchers are excited about the possibilities of scientific advances, artists tend to explore the more pessimistic implications of research, he said.

"I think the most interesting thing is going to be the tension between artists and scientists," Klavins said.

This isn’t the first time a UW EE researcher has been involved in the "Thought Experiments" festival. In 2014, UW EE Professor Howard Chizeck was one of the scientists who collaborated on the theme of prosthetics and neural enhancements.

The "Thought Experiments" festival runs October 15-18 at UW's Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center Theatre. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.
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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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Representative Publications

  • N. Napp, S.A. Burden, and E. Klavins. Setpoint regulation for stochastically interacting robots. Autonomous Robots 30:57–71, 2011.

Associated Labs

Research Areas

Affiliations

Innovation/Entrepreneurship

Education

  • Postdoctoral Scholar 2001-2003
    California Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, 2001
    University of Michigan
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, 1998
    University of Michigan
  • BS 1996, BM 1992
    San Francisco State University