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Shwetak N. Patel

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Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor, Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering
CTO, Global Innovation Exchange (GIX)

Biography

Shwetak N. Patel is the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, where he directs his research group, the Ubicomp Lab. His research interests are in the areas of human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, sensor-enabled embedded systems and user interface software and technology. His work includes developing new sensing systems, energy and water sensing, mobile health, and developing new interaction technologies. Patel was a founder of Zensi, Inc., a residential energy monitoring company, which was acquired by Belkin, Inc in 2010. He is also a co-founder of a low-power wireless sensor platform company called SNUPI Technologies and a consumer home sensing product called WallyHome. WallyHome was acquired by Sears in 2015. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008 and BS in Computer Science in 2003. Patel is a recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship (2011), Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship (2011), Sloan Fellowship (2012), MIT TR-35 Award (2009), World Economic Forum Young Global Scientist Award (2013), NSF Career Award (2013) and the Presidential PECASE Award (2016). He was named top innovator of the year by Seattle Business Magazine and was named Newsmaker of the year by Seattle Business Journal in 2011. His past work was also honored by the New York Times as a top technology of the year in 2005.

Research Interests

Embedded systems, sensors, human-computer interaction, health, sustainability, user interface technologies, signal processing and machine learning.

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                    [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_11384" align="alignleft" width="360"] From left: Gregory Abowd, Julie Kientz, Shwetak Patel, and Award Chair Judy Kay.[/caption]

UW professors have been awarded the 10-Year Impact Award at Ubicomp 2017 for their paper "At the Flick of a Switch: Detecting and Classifying Unique Electrical Events on the Residential Power Line."

UW faculty include Electrical Engineering and Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering Professors Shwetak Patel and Matt Reynolds and Human Centered Design & Engineering Professor Julie Kentz. Additional authors include Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) Professor Gregory Bowd and research scientist Thomas Robertson.

The 10-Year Impact Award recognizes research that has made a lasting impact in the field. In 2007, the authors' published work received the Best Paper Award and Best Presentation Award at Ubicomp.

The paper illustrates a novel approach for detecting energy activity within the home using a single plug-in sensor. The authors apply machine learning techniques to enable the system to accurately differentiate between different electrical events, such as turning on a specific light switch or operating certain appliances.

[caption id="attachment_2292" align="alignright" width="179"] Professor Matt Reynolds[/caption]

This work has been instrumental in the development of a new field of research in high-frequency energy disaggregation and infrastructure mediated sensing. It has also led to the creation of Zensi, a startup spun out of Georgia Tech and UW that was acquired by Belkin in 2010. Home energy monitoring and automation have become an industry focus based on the techniques first described in this paper.

When the paper was written, Patel and Kientz were Ph.D. students, and Reynolds was a senior research scientist at Georgia Tech. Ten years later, their work has not only influenced their current research, but it offers a touchstone for other researchers around the world.
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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] => Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science Engineering & Electrical Engineering Shwetak Patel was spotlighted in the first episode of GeekWire's Health Tech Podcast. Through his startup Senosis Health, Patel is transforming smartphones into medical devices.

GeekWire's podcast focuses on the stories of digital health innovation and the fantastic minds that make it happen. For Patel, his re-purposing of smartphones to mimic medical devices not only illustrates innovative vision; it also promotes societally-focused design.

Current medical equipment that measures disease function is costly and is not always easily accessible, especially for resource-poor nations. As smartphones become increasingly more ubiquitous, the functionality of a smartphone as a medical device becomes beneficial.

“Our idea has been: How do we repurpose the sensors that are already on a mobile phone to do similar things that you would find in a clinician’s office or at a hospital? And so, we’re looking at how to use microphones, the camera, the flash, the accelerometer, the gyro in new ways that people never used them before,” Patel said in the GeekWire article.

Patel has innovated these standard smartphone applications to build an arsenal of health monitoring apps, including Bilicam, which detects newborn jaundice, SpiroCall, which measures lung function and HemaApp, which records blood hemoglobin levels. These devices support monitoring for a range of diseases and conditions, such as cystic fibrosis, asthma and anemia.

Listen to more of the interview below:

https://soundcloud.com/geekwirehealthtech/diagnosed-by-smartphone

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Information for this news was adapted from a recent article in GeekWire.

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In the lecture, Patel introduced his groundbreaking research in smartphone health monitoring. Patel and his colleagues are using mobile phones as monitoring devices for health metrics, ranging from pulmonary function to hemoglobin counts. The phone apps, including SpiroSmart, SpiroCall and HemaApp are currently going through the Food and Drug Administration’s clearance process for clinical testing. They’re likely to become the focus for Senosis Health, a venture co-founded by Patel that’s currently in startup mode. Patel’s vision is to provide new lines of screening tools that offer a first line of defense against health conditions, ranging from asthma to anemia and jaundice. The smartphone app tracks potential problems, alerting a user to seek further screening and professional care if an issue is detected. “If you think about the capabilities on a mobile device, if you look at the camera, the flash, the microphone, those are all getting better and better,” Patel said in the talk. “In fact, capabilities on those phones are as great as some of the specialized devices…. Those sensors that are already on the mobile phone can be repurposed in interesting new ways, where you can actually use those for diagnosing certain kinds of diseases.” With SpiroCall, a user blows into the microphone to record lung levels. “It’s just using the microphone as a flowmeter,” Patel explained. With proper calibration, the smartphone could provide data for a diagnosis of lung problems like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Patel not only discovered several different technologies, he and his team formulated one concept to meet the needs of many debilitating diseases. And if they receive FDA and medical marketplace approval, smartphone apps have the potential to change healthcare. “[They] “could lead to some scientific discoveries that weren’t possible in the past,” Patel said. 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align="alignleft" width="360"] From left: Gregory Abowd, Julie Kientz, Shwetak Patel, and Award Chair Judy Kay.[/caption] UW professors have been awarded the 10-Year Impact Award at Ubicomp 2017 for their paper "At the Flick of a Switch: Detecting and Classifying Unique Electrical Events on the Residential Power Line." UW faculty include Electrical Engineering and Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering Professors Shwetak Patel and Matt Reynolds and Human Centered Design & Engineering Professor Julie Kentz. Additional authors include Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) Professor Gregory Bowd and research scientist Thomas Robertson. The 10-Year Impact Award recognizes research that has made a lasting impact in the field. In 2007, the authors' published work received the Best Paper Award and Best Presentation Award at Ubicomp. The paper illustrates a novel approach for detecting energy activity within the home using a single plug-in sensor. The authors apply machine learning techniques to enable the system to accurately differentiate between different electrical events, such as turning on a specific light switch or operating certain appliances. 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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 [post_title] => 8 faculty named 2017 Amazon Catalyst Fellows [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 8-faculty-named-2017-amazon-catalyst-fellows [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-21 13:33:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-21 20:33:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.ee.washington.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=11006 [menu_order] => 22 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 10718 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-06-06 15:37:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-06 22:37:16 [post_content] => Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science Engineering & Electrical Engineering Shwetak Patel was spotlighted in the first episode of GeekWire's Health Tech Podcast. Through his startup Senosis Health, Patel is transforming smartphones into medical devices. GeekWire's podcast focuses on the stories of digital health innovation and the fantastic minds that make it happen. For Patel, his re-purposing of smartphones to mimic medical devices not only illustrates innovative vision; it also promotes societally-focused design. Current medical equipment that measures disease function is costly and is not always easily accessible, especially for resource-poor nations. As smartphones become increasingly more ubiquitous, the functionality of a smartphone as a medical device becomes beneficial. “Our idea has been: How do we repurpose the sensors that are already on a mobile phone to do similar things that you would find in a clinician’s office or at a hospital? And so, we’re looking at how to use microphones, the camera, the flash, the accelerometer, the gyro in new ways that people never used them before,” Patel said in the GeekWire article. Patel has innovated these standard smartphone applications to build an arsenal of health monitoring apps, including Bilicam, which detects newborn jaundice, SpiroCall, which measures lung function and HemaApp, which records blood hemoglobin levels. These devices support monitoring for a range of diseases and conditions, such as cystic fibrosis, asthma and anemia. Listen to more of the interview below: https://soundcloud.com/geekwirehealthtech/diagnosed-by-smartphone

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Information for this news was adapted from a recent article in GeekWire.

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In the lecture, Patel introduced his groundbreaking research in smartphone health monitoring. Patel and his colleagues are using mobile phones as monitoring devices for health metrics, ranging from pulmonary function to hemoglobin counts. The phone apps, including SpiroSmart, SpiroCall and HemaApp are currently going through the Food and Drug Administration’s clearance process for clinical testing. They’re likely to become the focus for Senosis Health, a venture co-founded by Patel that’s currently in startup mode. Patel’s vision is to provide new lines of screening tools that offer a first line of defense against health conditions, ranging from asthma to anemia and jaundice. The smartphone app tracks potential problems, alerting a user to seek further screening and professional care if an issue is detected. “If you think about the capabilities on a mobile device, if you look at the camera, the flash, the microphone, those are all getting better and better,” Patel said in the talk. “In fact, capabilities on those phones are as great as some of the specialized devices…. Those sensors that are already on the mobile phone can be repurposed in interesting new ways, where you can actually use those for diagnosing certain kinds of diseases.” With SpiroCall, a user blows into the microphone to record lung levels. “It’s just using the microphone as a flowmeter,” Patel explained. With proper calibration, the smartphone could provide data for a diagnosis of lung problems like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Patel not only discovered several different technologies, he and his team formulated one concept to meet the needs of many debilitating diseases. And if they receive FDA and medical marketplace approval, smartphone apps have the potential to change healthcare. “[They] “could lead to some scientific discoveries that weren’t possible in the past,” Patel said. 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UW faculty include Electrical Engineering and Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering Professors Shwetak Patel and Matt Reynolds and Human Centered Design & Engineering Professor Julie Kentz. Additional authors include Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) Professor Gregory Bowd and research scientist Thomas Robertson. The 10-Year Impact Award recognizes research that has made a lasting impact in the field. In 2007, the authors' published work received the Best Paper Award and Best Presentation Award at Ubicomp. The paper illustrates a novel approach for detecting energy activity within the home using a single plug-in sensor. The authors apply machine learning techniques to enable the system to accurately differentiate between different electrical events, such as turning on a specific light switch or operating certain appliances. [caption id="attachment_2292" align="alignright" width="179"] Professor Matt Reynolds[/caption] This work has been instrumental in the development of a new field of research in high-frequency energy disaggregation and infrastructure mediated sensing. It has also led to the creation of Zensi, a startup spun out of Georgia Tech and UW that was acquired by Belkin in 2010. Home energy monitoring and automation have become an industry focus based on the techniques first described in this paper. When the paper was written, Patel and Kientz were Ph.D. students, and Reynolds was a senior research scientist at Georgia Tech. Ten years later, their work has not only influenced their current research, but it offers a touchstone for other researchers around the world. 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