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Passive Wi-Fi Paper Wins 2016 NSDI Best Paper Award

April 2, 2016

A Passive Wi-Fi paper presented this week by EE and CSE researchers at the 13th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation has received the 2016 Best Paper Award. Congratulations to the research team: EE Adjunct Faculty member and assistant professor of computer science & engineering Shyam Gollakota, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science & engineering Joshua Smith and graduate students Vamsi Talla and Bryce Kellogg.

Just last month, in February 2016, Passive Wi-Fi technology was named one of the 10 breakthrough technologies of 2016 by MIT Technology Review. By consuming relatively little power, Passive Wi-Fi saves the battery life of various devices, which are drained by most Wi-Fi systems. Passive Wi-Fi uses 1,000 times less power than existing energy-efficient systems, such as Bluetooth Low Energy.

Passive Wi-Fi has the ability to impact the Internet of Things, which connects everyday objects to the Internet, allowing battery-free household devices and sensors to communicate. By adding sensors to everyday objects, the goal is to better monitor specific areas, from health to infrastructure. Until now, the implementation of the Internet of Things has been limited by communication and power issues.

Congratulations to Shyam, Joshua, Vamsi and Bryce!

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