Congratulations to EE affiliate faculty member Shyam Gollakota, who received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. The prominent award supports junior faculty who exemplify outstanding education and research. In particular, the award will support Gollakota’s research on the Internet-of-Things, which connects everyday devices to the Internet, such as thermostats and appliances, and is currently limited by communication and power issues. Gollakota’s proposed research is to develop battery free devices that connect to the Internet using available WiFi networks.
Gollakota leads the Networks and Mobile Systems Lab at UW Computer Science & Engineering. His research covers a variety of topics, including networking, human-computer interaction, battery free computing and mobile health. Gollakota is the recipient of a 2015 National Science Foundation Career Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. He was named among MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 and Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in energy for his ground-breaking work on ambient backscatter, which enables battery-free devices to be powered using ambient wireless signals.