John Seely Brown Symposium on Technology and Society

Shwetak Patel, University of Washington

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"Your Noise Is My Signal: Applications of Computing to Energy and Health"

A computer scientist, inventor and entrepreneur best known for his work in novel sensing solutions and ubiquitous computing will be the featured speaker at the School of Information's 2013 John Seely Brown Symposium on Technology and Society.

Shwetak Patel has invented a series of sensor technology systems for home environments with the goal of saving energy and improving daily life through a broad range of applications. Much of his work to date has focused on the development of low-cost and easy-to-deploy devices that can detect and measure household energy consumption without an elaborate network of expensive instruments.

Dr. Patel is an associate professor at the University of Washington and in 2011 was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (aka "genius grant"). He is a Sloan Fellow who received the TR-35 award in 2009, was named top innovator of the year by Seattle Business Magazine, was named Newsmaker of the year by Seattle Business Journal, and was a recipient of the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship in 2011.

His talk will underscore advances in energy and health through the convergence of sensing, machine learning, and human-computer interaction.