UW Allen School MSR Summer Institute 2017
Unpacking the Future of IoT
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Shadi Abdollahian Noghabi is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She works conjunctly with Prof. Roy H. Campbell in the Systems Research Group (SRG) and Prof. Indranil Gupta in the Distributed Protocols Research Group (DPRG). Her research focuses on Distributed Systems, Cloud Computing and Big Data. She is currently working on geo-distributed large-scale objects stores, and stream processing systems.

Gregory Abowd is a Regents' Professor and J.Z. Liang Chair in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. He has worked for the past 23 years on application-centered research for advanced mobile and ubiquitous computing technologies. He has most recently defined eras of computing beyond Weiser's 1990's definition of ubiquitous computing, coining the terms of collective computing (most related to IoT) and computational fabric as a post Moore's Law alternative of thinking about materials manufactured with self-sustaining computational capabilities.

Victor Bahl is a Distinguished Scientist and the Director of Mobility & Networking in Microsoft Research. He serves on the leadership team that oversees MSR's world-wide operations and is part of the Redmond lab leadership team overseeing over 200 researchers. He advises Microsoft's CEO and the senior leadership team on long-term vision and strategy related to networked systems, mobile computing, wireless systems, cloud computing, and datacenter networking. He heads a high-powered group that executes on this vision through research, technology transfers to product groups, industry partnerships, and associated policy engagement with governments and research institutes around the world. Dr. Bahl has published over 125 papers, authored over 140 patents and delivered over 40 keynotes. He has received several technical and leadership awards including the IEEE Kobayashi Award, ACM SIGMOBILE lifetime technical achievement award, a test-of-time award, three best paper awards, two United States FCC awards, a distinguished service award, a distinguished alumni award, and a IEEE outstanding leadership award. Under his direction, his group has had game changing impact on Microsoft's cloud computing infrastructures both in the datacenter and in wide-area networking. Dr. Bahl is the founder of ACM SIGMOBILE, MobiSys and several other conferences. With his wife, he co-founded Computing For All, a non-profit dedicated to increasing and enhancing computer science education for students of all ages and from all backgrounds. Dr. Bahl is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and AAAS.

Suman Banerjee received his PhD in Computer Science from University of Maryland in 2003 and joined the faculty of University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the winner of the ACM SIGMOBILE Rockstar Award in 2013 (awarded for early career achievements in the field of mobile computing and wireless networking). He is currently serving as the chair of ACM SIGMOBILE (since July 2013). He received an NSF Career Award in 2008.

Elyas Bayati is a second year Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at University of Washington. Currently, he is working in the Networks and Mobile Systems Lab at Computer Science & Engineering department as a research assistant under supervision of professor Shyamnath Gollakota. Before joining the Networks and Mobile Systems lab, he worked for one year in the Applied Physics Laboratory in University of Washington on Terahertz communication and imaging. In 2015 he completed his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of Tehran where he worked on a millimeter wave resonators. His research interests are Low-power and wireless Communication, VLC and optical communication.

Rahul Bhattacharyya is the Associate Director of the Auto-ID Labs, MIT. His research encompasses the development and integration of technologies that form the framework for IoT. He is particularly interested in pervasive wireless sensor design using smart materials and predictive analytics for fault detection. Rahul was guest editor for a special issue on IoT for the IEEE Transactions for Automation Science and Engineering, 2015-16 and has assumed several roles on the organizing committees of the IEEE RFID Conference 2010-18. He has also served as technical program chair for the 2014 4th International Conference on IoT and the 2018 IEEE RFID conference.

Peter Bodik is a researcher in the Mobility and Networking Research group working on projects in distributed systems, networking, and most recently on large-scale video analytics.

Jean Camp is Professor at the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. She joined Indiana after eight years at Harvard's Kennedy School where her courses were also listed in Harvard Law, Harvard Business, and the Engineering Systems Division of MIT. She spent the year after earning her doctorate from Carnegie Mellon as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. She began her career as an engineer at Catawba Nuclear Station and with a MSEE at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research focuses on the intersection of human and technical trust, levering economic models and human-centered design to create safe, secure systems.

Anat Caspi, PhD is director of the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (an initiative housed by the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington). She develops and deploys new methodologies and computational techniques with a focus on translation of novel research for use by populations with disabilities. Caspi coordinates accessible technology projects at the Paul G. Allen School along with collaborations with other departments at the University of Washington. Caspi's research interests are in the areas of ubiquitous sensing and computing, and applications of machine learning to everyday decision-making processes. Caspi is particularly interested in exploring ways in which collaborative commons and community cooperation can challenge and transform the current economics of assistive technology and incentivize rapid development and deployment of equitably- and universally designed technology.

Justin Chan is a first year PhD student working with Shyam Gollakota on wireless systems and the Internet of Things in the Networks and Mobile Systems lab. He earned his Bachelors degree with high honors in computer science and digital arts from Dartmouth (2015) where he did some work on wireless networks and robotics. After that Chan spent a year wrangling distributed systems at Microsoft.

Ranveer Chandra is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research where he is leading an Incubation on IoT Applications. His research has shipped as part of multiple Microsoft products, including VirtualWiFi in Windows 7 onwards, low power Wi-Fi in Windows 8, Energy Profiler in Visual Studio, and the Wireless Controller Protocol in XBOX One. He is active in the networking and systems research community, and has served as the Program Committee Chair of IEEE DySPAN 2012, and ACM MobiCom 2013.

Krishna Chintalapudi is the Mobility and Networking Research at Microsoft Research Redmond. Prior to joining MSR Redmond, he had worked at Microsoft Research India, Bangalore and Bosch Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto, CA, USA. He graduated from University of Southern California with a PhD in Computer Science in 2006. His advisor was Prof. Ramesh Govindan. His research interests broadly lie in the area of wireless networking systems and mobile computing.

Aakanksha Chowdhery is an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University. Her research focuses on the network architectures and data analytics for next-generation Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications. Her work has contributed to industry standards and consortia, such DSL standards and OpenFog Consortium. She completed her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2013 and was a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research in Mobility and Networking Group until 2015. In 2012, she became the first woman to win the Paul Baran Marconi Young Scholar Award, given for the scientific contributions in the field of communications and the Internet. She also received the Stanford School of Engineering Fellowship and the Stanford's Diversifying Academia Recruiting Excellence (DARE) fellowship. Prior to joining Stanford, she completed her Bachelor's degree at IIT Delhi where she received the President's Silver Medal Award.

Affan Dar is currently the Principal Group Engineering manager leading the Azure IoT Platform team. His team's charter includes the Azure Iot Hub service, Azure IoT Edge and the associated SDKs and user experiences. Prior to this he worked as the architect for the Azure API Management service and even before then he was involved in building out the Azure Service Bus service. His personal experience has mostly been around middleware, cloud platforms, high scale messaging services and solving distributed systems challenges.

Anind Dey is the Charles M. Geschke Professor and Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He conducts research at the intersection of human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing and machine learning, with particular interests in health, IoT, education and transportation.

Chris Diorio is CEO, Vice Chairman, and Founder at Impinj, an Affiliate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, and a Director of the RAIN RFID Alliance. Passionate about technology, Chris is a leading pioneer of RAIN RFID and the expansion of the Internet of Things to include trillions of everyday items. He has more than 150 issued patents, 69 scholarly publications and has received numerous awards including E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Pacific Northwest, EE Times/EDN Innovator of the Year, AIM Global Ted Williams Award, RFID Journal Special Achievement Award, and the IEEE Paul Rappaport Award. He has also received Packard, Sloan, Presidential, and ONR fellowships. Chris earned his Ph.D. from Caltech and has over 30 years' experience in computer and radio engineering.

Prabal Dutta is an Associate Professor in EECS at Berkeley.

Ivan Evtimov is a first year Ph.D. student at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering.

Earlence Fernandes works on techniques to build secure and safe Internet of Things platforms. He approaches the problem from multiple perspectives including system building, attacks, and measurements. His recent work, a security analysis of the popular SmartThings platform, received the Distinguished Practical Paper Award at IEEE Security and Privacy in 2016 along with widespread press coverage. Earlence received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2017 where he was advised by Prof. Atul Prakash. Earlence is currently a research associate at the University of Washington, where he works with Prof. Tadayoshi Kohno.

James Fogarty is an Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. He is also a founding member and currently Director of DUB, our cross-campus initiative advancing Human-Computer Interaction and Design research and education. His broad research interests are in Human-Computer Interaction, User Interface Software and Technology, and Ubiquitous Computing, often with a focus is on developing, deploying, and evaluating new approaches to the human obstacles surrounding widespread everyday adoption of ubiquitous sensing and intelligent computing technologies. His current research focuses on new approaches to self-tracking technologies in health and new approaches to the accessibility of mobile applications.

Kent Foster is UW's University Relations Lead on Microsoft's Technology & Corporate Responsibility (TCR) team. The University Relations team within TCR manages the institutional engagement with a portfolio of research universities in North America, including University of Washington. The larger TCR organization focuses on the company's charitable support for the non-profit community, accessibility for over 1 billion people with disabilities, rural affordable access to broadband, and environmental sustainability.

Deepak Ganesan is a Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at UMass Amherst. His recent work includes design of ultra-low power backscatter radios for wearables, detection of addictive behaviors such as drug use and smoking via wearable sensors, and the design of novel ultra-low power behavioral sensing platforms such as the computational eyeglass. He is one of the thrust leads for the NIH-funded MD2K Center for Excellence on Mobile Sensor-to-Knowledge (http://md2k.org) and on the advisory board of the Center for Personal Health Monitoring at UMass Amherst, a $40 million center for new health devices. His recent work has been recognized by Best Paper Awards and nominations at Mobicom, MobiSys, CHI and Ubicomp. In addition to academic endeavors, he is a co-founder of Lumme Inc, which is commercializing some of his work on smoking detection and intervention.

Shyam Gollakota is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. I lead the Networks and Mobile Systems Lab and work on various topics including computer networks, user interfaces and mobile health. I earned my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and my B.Tech. degree from IIT Madras.

Michael Grant completed his Ph.D. at Washington State University in Soil Chemistry. Following this, he wanted to continue his education toward a career in data science. He understood the value of data driven analytics and how this could be used to improve agricultural practices. He therefore enrolled at the University of Washington taking a year long course sequence in statistics and mathematics preparing himself for a Master's degree in Data Science which he began in the fall of 2016.

Hamed Haddadi is the Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science in Queen Mary University of London. He is interested in applications of Machine Learning methods for dealing with challenges in Networked Systems, Privacy, Security, and IoT. He enjoys designing and building systems that enable better use of our digital footprint, while respecting users' privacy. He is also broadly interested in sensing applications and Human-Data Interaction. More information on http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/~hamed/

Mehrdad Hessar is a Ph.D. student at Paul Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering where he works in the Networks and Mobile Systems Laboratory advised by Prof. Shyamnath Gollakota. Recently, he received his master of science in Electrical Engineering at University of Washington. His research interests are low-power communication, mobile sensing and embedded system design and his focus is on low-power communication for IoT devices, localization and security issues of IoT technologies.

Steve Hodges Steve leads the Sensors and Devices research group at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK. He and his team explore emerging hardware technologies with the aim of creating compelling novel interactive experiences for consumers, businesses and communities. By seeding new devices, applications, tools and technologies in the market he ultimately aims to change people's perceptions of technology and how it can be used. Steve works in the areas of IoT, wearables, mobile devices, augmented reality and physical computing.

Vikram Iyer is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington where he works in the Wireless and Mobile Systems Laboratory advised by Prof. Shyamnath Gollakota. He recently completed his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley where he worked on a chip scale flow cytometer with Prof. Bernhard Boser. His research interests involve low power communication and wireless sensing, particularly for mobile health applications.

Zernia Kapetanovic is a second year Ph.D. student in the Electrical Engineering department at the University of Washington, where she works in the Sensor Systems lab with advisor Professor Joshua Smith. Her research focuses on sensor systems, wireless power, and wireless communication

Yoshi Kohno is the Short-Dooley Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, with adjunct appointments in the UW Electrical Engineering Department and the UW Information School. He is a member of the UW CSE Security and Privacy Research Lab and the UW Tech Policy Lab. He also serves on the National Academies Forum on Cyber Resilience and the USENIX Security Steering Committee. His research focuses on computer security and privacy, broadly defined. He is especially interested in: computer security and privacy for emerging and consumer technologies; computer security and privacy for mobile and cloud systems; the human element in computer security systems; and computer security education.

Jack Kolb is a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley, where he is advised by Professor Randy Katz. He is broadly interested in operating systems, distributed computing, and embedded systems. His IoT interests include smart building technologies and applications as well as edge computing.

Karl Koscher is a research scientist working in the UW Security and Privacy Research Lab. Previously, he was a postdoctoral scholar working with Stefan Savage at UC San Diego. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2014, where he was advised by Tadayoshi Kohno.

Manikanta Kotaru is a Ph.D. student at Stanford University.

Artur Laksberg is a software developer engineer in the Windows IoT team in Microsoft, where works on cloud connectivity for IoT devices and Edge compute. His interests include developer tools, parallel and distributed programming and machine learning.

James Landay is a Professor of Computer Science and the Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan Professor in the School of Engineering at Stanford University. He specializes in human-computer interaction. He is the founder and co-director of the World Lab, a joint research and educational effort with Tsinghua University in Beijing. Previously, Landay was a Professor of Information Science at Cornell Tech in New York City and prior to that he was a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. From 2003 through 2006 he was the Laboratory Director of Intel Labs Seattle, a university affiliated research lab that explored the new usage models, applications, and technology for ubiquitous computing. From 1997 through 2003 he was a professor in EECS at UC Berkeley. He was also the chief scientist and co-founder of NetRaker, which was acquired by KeyNote Systems in 2004. Landay received his BS in EECS from UC Berkeley in 1990, and MS and PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993 and 1996, respectively. He is a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy and he is an ACM Fellow.

Philip Levis is an Associate Professor in the computer science and electrical engineering departments of Stanford University. He's published some papers and won some awards. He likes his students a lot and so tries to buy them snacks very often. He loves great engineering and has a self-destructive aversion to low-hanging fruit. These days, among other things, he's working on the seemingly quixotic task of securing the Internet of Things.

Hanchuan Li is a PhD Candidate in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. He works with Dr. Shwetak Patel in the Ubiquitous Computing Lab. His research focuses on building interactive IoT applications using a wide range of sensing modalities. In particular, he studies creating tangible interfaces for everyday objects leveraging commercial RFID as well as enhancing interaction sensing capabilities for mobile devices using IR and capacitive sensing. In addition, he is interested in extending functionalities of smart speakers using acoustic sensing and 3D printing. His PhD study is generously supported by Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, Disney Research, and Intel.

Most recently, as Head of Research & Standards at SmartThings, Dan Lieberman was responsible for exploring the future of the Connected Home space and bringing new technologies, experiences, and standards to the SmartThings Platform. Prior to SmartThings, Dan spent four years as an Associate Director in frog's Innovation Strategy Group, focused on the intersection of technology and business impact. With more than 20 years of experience, Dan has also been a Network Architect & Engineer at DragonWave, a Video Architect at Ericsson, Technology Advisor to the CEO & Chairman of Cisco Systems, and an early employee at RealNetworks.

Chenyang Lu is the Fullgraf Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests include Internet of Things, real-time systems, and cyber-physical systems and. He is Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks and chaired premier conferences such as ACM SenSys, IEEE RTSS, ACM/IEEE ICCPS and the second ACM/IEEE International Conference on IoT Design and Implementation (IoTDI'17). He is the author and co-author of over 150 research papers with over 16,000 citations and an h-index of 56. He received the Ph.D. degree from University of Virginia in 2001. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

Lynette I. Millett is Director of the Forum on Cyber Resilience and Associate Director of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She has extensive experience as program manager, team leader, analyst, researcher, and writer. She is skilled in working with diverse and expert work groups and since 2000 has been developing, directing, and overseeing National Academies studies and teams of national experts examining public policy issues related broadly to information technology, computing, software, and communications.

Steven Myers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, where he is also a member of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity. His research interests are in all areas of cryptography, and computer and systems security with a specific interest in phishing and new hetremorphic attacks. He has written tens of papers, led panels, and given invited talks in fields ranging from Cryptography and Computer Security to Distributed Systems and Probabilistic Combinatorics.

Saman Naderiparizi is a fourth year PhD student in the University of Washington Department of Electrical Engineering in Seattle, WA. He works with Prof. Joshua Smith in the Sensor Systems lab. The main focus of his research is on ultra-low-power communication and system design for IoT applications. Particularly he tries to make smart cameras battery-free. These cameras harvest their energy from ambient electromagnetic signals and can wirelessly transmit their data.

Rajalakshmi Nandakumar is a Ph.D. student in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. She works in the Wireless and Mobile Systems Laboratory advised by Prof. Shyamnath Gollakota. Previously, she was a research assistant in the Mobility Networks and Systems group at Microsoft Research, India. Her research interests revolve around Wireless sensing, Mobile systems development and Mobile Healthcare. Her current research focuses on using SONAR on Off-the-shelf devices like smartphones and smartwatches to enable various applications in the Health and Human computer interaction domain.

Priya Narasimhan is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests lie in the fields of dependable distributed systems, fault-tolerance, embedded systems, mobile systems and sports technology. She serves as the academic lead of the Intel Science and Technology Center in Embedded Computing (ISTC-EC) that comprises Carnegie Mellon, Penn State, UIUC, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, UC Berkeley and Georgia Tech. Priya Narasimhan is the CEO and Founder of YinzCam, Inc., a Carnegie Mellon spin-off company focused on mobile live streaming and scalable video technologies to provide the ultimate mobile fan experience to 40+ professional sports teams/venues.

Joe Paradiso is the Alexander W. Dreyfoos (1954) Professor in Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where he directs the Responsive Environments group. He received his PhD in Physics from MIT in 1981 and a BSEE from Tufts University in 1977, and joined the Media Lab in 1994 after developing spacecraft control and sensor systems at Draper Laboratory and high-energy physics detectors at ETH Zurich. His current research explores how sensor networks augment and mediate human experience, interaction andperception. This encompasses wireless sensing systems, wearable and body sensor networks, energy harvesting and power management for embedded sensors, ubiquitous/pervasive computing and the Internet of Things, human-computer interfaces, and interactive music/media. He has written over 300 articles and papers in these areas.

Shwetak Patel is the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science and 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.

Thomas Pfenning is a Director of Engineering in the Windows and Devices Group. He manages the software engineering teams responsible for the Windows networking technologies, 2D & 3D printing, and the Windows IOT operating system. In the 22 years leading up to his current role, Thomas worked on the MSN dialup access network, Windows Networking, Mobile Information Server, WMI, Microsoft Sync Framework and the Networking and Storage components in Windows Server. Before joining Microsoft in 1995, Thomas worked as a researcher in computer science with positions at the Nuclear Research Center in Juelich, the University of Bielefeld, and the University of Cologne in Germany. He has a master's degree in Theoretical Physics and a PhD in Computer Science, both from the University of Cologne.

Matt Reynolds is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering (joint appointment) at the University of Washington. He was previously the Nortel Networks Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University. He is also co-founder of the RFID systems firm ThingMagic Inc (acquired by Trimble Navigation), the energy conservation firm Zensi (acquired by Belkin), and the home sensing company SNUPI Inc (acquired by Sears). Matt's research interests include millimeter-wave sensing and imaging, RFID, energy efficiency at the physical layer of wireless communication, and the physics of sensing and actuation. Matt received the Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab in 2003, where he was a Motorola Fellow, as well as S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, has received five Best Paper awards, and has 39 issued US patents and over 62 pending patent applications.

Cyra Richardson is a General Manager AI & IoT at Microsoft.

Alanson Sample is an Associate Lab Director & Principal Research Scientist at Disney Research in Pittsburgh and leads the Wireless Systems group. His research focuses on enabling new guest experiences and sensing and computing devices by applying novel approaches to electromagnetics, RF and analog circuits, and embedded systems. Prior to joining Disney, he worked at Intel Labs in Hillsboro 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 developed methods of wirelessly powering implanted heart pumps, known as LVADs. Alanson received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2011 from the University of Washington. Throughout his graduate studies, he worked full time at Intel Research Seattle exploring a wide range of wireless power transfer methods and applications.

Stuart Schaefer is a Partner Architect in Windows IoT Edge at Microsoft.

Josh Siegel is a Research Scientist in the Field Intelligence Lab at MIT and the lead instructor for MIT's IoT Bootcamp. His work seeks to design a secure and efficient architecture for the Internet of Things based on context-awareness and machine cognition. Outside of these areas, Dr. Siegel researches connected vehicles and applications for pervasive sensing for failure prediction.

Joshua Smith leads the Sensor Systems research group. The group invents new sensor systems, devises new ways to power them, and develops algorithms for using them. The research has application in the domains of robotics, ubiquitous computing, and HCI. His research aims to improve the connection of information systems to the physical world. The research has application in areas such as ubiquitous computing, robotics, wireless power, and medical devices. One theme explored in his research is alternative sensing systems not modeled on human perceptual systems.

Vamsi Talla is the CTO of Jeeva Wireless where we are revolutionizing wireless communication by enabling connectivity at a fraction of the cost, size and power of existing approaches. Jeeva's battery-free wireless technology will unleash the true potential of ubiquitous connectivity embedded in everyday objects and power billions of Internet connected devices in the near future. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle where he was a member of the Sensor Systems Lab. He received my B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT Guwahati. He also completed Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate (TEC) program from Foster Business school, UW. From April 2016-17, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Washington, where I worked with Josh Smith and Shyam Gollakota. He was an RFIC intern at Intel Labs, Hillsboro for a period of 6 months.

Dave Thaler is an engineer in the Windows & Devices Group at Microsoft, and an affiliate member of Microsoft Research. He has been active in the IETF since 1994 where he has authored dozens of RFCs, chaired several Working Groups, and served as a member of the Internet Architecture Board for 11 years. In recent years, he has also been active in other IoT standards bodies such as OCF where he is responsible for the architecture for bridging to other IoT ecosystems. Within Microsoft, Dave led the team that rewrote the TCP/IP stack in the early 2000's to include support for IPv6 among other things, and now works on IoT protocols. Dave holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

Stefan Thom is a Principal Software Development Engineer and Platform Security Architect at Microsoft.

Mat Velloso is a Technical Advisor to Microsoft's CTO, currently looking at our Intelligent Edge Computing strategy. Prior to that, Mat was in Microsoft's evangelism group where he was in charge of technical engagements with global partners building conversational applications, whether those happen in robots, cars, online chats or applications.

Edward Wang is a 5th year Electrical Engineering PhD student in the Ubiquitous Computing Lab at the University of Washington. His research focuses on developing new sensing techniques for monitoring a person's health more continuously and conveniently, with a goal of ultimately enabling precise and personalized medicine. With his expertise in mobile and embedded system development, signal processing, and machine learning, he creates new solutions in health monitoring. He is passionate about bridging the gap between the medical community and technology researchers to develop meaningful technology that truly impacts the face of medical diagnosis and treatment. With this aim, he has developed and tested technologies in the patient room, presented and communicated my technology to both academic and industry leaders, and actively working on bringing the technology into the world.

Evan Welbourne heads Product and Engineering for Machine Learning at Amazon Alexa Smart Home. Until recently, he was also founder and CEO of AlgoSnap, a startup that accelerates the design and deployment of machine learning for edge IoT devices. Previously he led Computer Vision Research at Amazon Lab126, Device Intelligence at Samsung Research, and Personalized Relevancy at Nokia Research. His primary interests are at the intersection of machine learning, data, privacy, and the Internet of Things. He has a BSc in CS and Math from the University of Toronto as well as MS and PhD degrees from UW CSE.

Ron Zahavi is the Chief Strategist for IoT standards at Microsoft for Azure IoT, focused on the Internet of Things standards and consortia and leads Microsoft's Worldwide IoT Architecture Community. He is a member of the OpenFog Board of Directors and Object Management Group Board of Directors. He also represents Microsoft in the Industrial Internet Consortium. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Business Modeling: A Practical Guide to Realizing Business Value. Mr. Zahavi holds a BSEE from the University of Maryland and an MS in computer science from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Benjamin Zorn s a Principal Researcher and Research Manager, co-managing the Research in Software Engineering (RiSE) group, a group of approximately 30 developers and researchers working on programming languages and software engineering in Microsoft Research, Redmond. After receiving a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 1989, he served eight years on the Computer Science faculty at the University of Colorado in Boulder, receiving tenure and being promoted to Associate Professor in 1996. He left the University of Colorado in 1998 to join Microsoft Research, where he currently works. Dr. Zorn's research interests include programming language design and implementation for reliability, security, and performance. He has served as both Program Chair and General Chair of the Programming Languages Design and Implementation (PLDI) conference, and as an Associate Editor of the ACM journals Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems and Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization. He has also served seven years as a Member-at-Large of the SIGPLAN Executive Committee and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council, a committee of the Computing Research Association.


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Last updated: 31 July 2017