ECE Seminar: Physical Layer to Enable Next-Generation Sensing and Computing Systems

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Date: October 6, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: MS Teams
Category: Seminar

ECE Department cordially invites you to the ECE Virtual Seminar on  Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 1:00 pm: Click to join the seminar

Physical Layer to Enable Next-Generation Sensing and Computing Systems by Dr. Alanson Sample

Our personal computing devices have radically changed how we live, work, and play. Allowing us to connect with people around the world, browse vast databases of information, and act as our virtual assistants. However, these devices know little about our needs or intentions, the context in which they are used, or the physical environment around them. It is this lack of effective perceptual capabilities that limit the usefulness of ubiquitous and mobile computing systems.
This talk presents an overview of ongoing research projects which aim to create new sensing and computing systems with an eye toward reducing the critical bottlenecks that limit deployability. This includes the use of signal processing and machine learning techniques that turn battery-free, long-range RFID tags into minimalistic sensors capable of human-object interaction detection. The creation of privacy-preserving “always on” microphones and cameras designed to monitor long-term health and wellness in the home while providing strong guarantees about what data is captured. Along with a new form of wireless power transfer based on quasi-static cavity resonance that enables seamless room-scale wireless power delivery to mobile and IoT devices.

Alanson join the University of Michigan in 2018 as an Associate Professor in Computer Science and Engineering. His research interests lie broadly in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, wireless technology, and embedded systems. He spent the majority of his career working in academic-minded industry research labs.  Most recently he was the Lab Director of Disney Research in Los Angeles where he led researchers in creating new guest experiences through innovations in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, and Human-Computer Interaction. Prior to Disney, he was a Research Scientist at Intel Labs in Hillsboro working on energy harvesting for wearable and Internet of Things applications. He also held a postdoctoral research position in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. There, he worked with doctors from the Yale School of Medicine to develop wirelessly powered and fully implantable heart pumps.  Alanson received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2011 from the University of Washington. Throughout his graduate studies, he worked at Intel Research Seattle on projects related to wireless power delivery using magnetically coupled resonance, energy harvesting as well as ubiquitous sensing and computing.


Gozde Tutuncuoglu


October 2021