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Joshua R. Smith

  • Milton and Delia Zeutschel Professor in Entrepreneurial Excellence
  • PMP Faculty Coordinator


Milton and Delia Zeutschel Professor in Entrepreneurial Excellence, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Professor, Computer Science and Engineering


Joshua R. Smith is a professor of electrical & computer 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.

Representative Publications

  • P Lancaster, B Yang, JR Smith. "Improved Object Pose Estimation via Deep Pre-touch Sensing." 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2017. [ Link ]
  • V Talla, M Hessar, B Kellogg, A Najafi, JR Smith, S Gollakota. "LoRa Backscatter: Enabling The Vision of Ubiquitous Connectivity." Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, 2017. [ Link ]
  • 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.

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  • 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