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Shwetak Patel

WRF Endowed Professor
Biosystems, Data Science, Computing and Networking
540 CSE
Campus Box 352500
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Research Web Page: UbiComp Lab


Shwetak is currently the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Washington, where he directs the Ubicomp Lab. His research is in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, and Sensor-Enabled Embedded Systems, with a particular emphasis on the application of computing to health and sustainability. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 2008, where he was an NSF Graduate Fellow. He is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Sloan Fellowship, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, MIT TR-35 Award, World Economic Forum Young Global Scientist Award, NSF Career Award, the Presidential PECASE award, and the ACM Prize in Computing Award. He is also an ACM Fellow. He was a co-founder of an home energy monitoring company called Zensi (acquired by Belkin in 2010), a low-power home wireless sensing company called SNUPI Technologies (acquired by Sears in 2015), and a mobile health company called Senosis Health (acquired by Google in 2017). 

Awards and Honors

  • ACM Prize in Computing (2018)
  • ACM Fellow (2016)
  • Microsoft Research Outstanding Collaborator Award (2016)
  • Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award (2016)
  • National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Gilbreth Award (2016)
  • Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow (2015)
  • World Economic Forum Young Global Scientist Award (2013)
  • NSF Career Award (2013)
  • Sloan Fellowship (2012)
  • MacArthur Fellowship (2011)
  • Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship (2011)
  • Seattle Magazine Most Influential (2011)
  • Wired Magazine Cover Story – July (2011)
  • MIT TR-35 Award: MIT Technology Review’s Top Young Innovator under the age of 35 (2009)

Research Projects

Recent Publications