Dr. Shyam Gollakota Named Winner of the 2017 SIGMOBILE RockStar Award

Dr. Shyam Gollakota of the University of Washington has been named the winner of the 2017 SIGMOBILE RockStar Award "for contributions to the use of wireless signals in the context of novel applications, including battery-free communications, health monitoring, and gesture recognition". The award will be presented during the opening ceremony of ACM MobiCom 2017 in Utah. 

About Dr. Shyam Gollakota

Shyam Gollakota is a Assistant Professor of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington where he leads the Networks and Mobile Systems Lab. His research covers a variety of topics, including networking, human-computer interaction, battery-free computing and mobile health.

Shyam 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.

Shyam’s research has earned a number of Best Paper awards and has been covered extensively by the media, including the New York Times, Slate, Scientific American and Wired. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT and his bachelor’s degree from IIT Madras.

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