2014 UW CSE Ph.D. alum Sidhant Gupta – now at Microsoft Research – has been honored with this year’s Innovation in Technology Award from the Western Association of Graduate Schools / University Microfilms International.
Sidhant invents new sensing techniques and builds innovative hardware and software systems to address hard challenges in sustainability sensing and human computer interaction. His research often requires identifying and exploiting physical phenomena around us in unique ways to continually redefine what, and how, signals can be sensed. In addition to computer science, his research incorporates a deep understanding of applied physics, embedded systems, design-for-manufacturability, machine learning, software-defined radios and cyber-physical security.
His Ph.D. work focused on developing novel sensing technologies and supporting software for the home that use minimal sensors, are low cost and easy to deploy. He was advised, quoting his LinkedIn page, “by the awesome Shwetak N. Patel.” His thesis work – ElectriSense: Single-Point Sensing Using EMI for Electrical Event Detection and Classification in the Home” – was the basis of the startup Zensi, acquired by Belkin.
(UW CSE Ph.D. alum Tapan Parikh – now a faculty member at UC Berkeley – received the WAGS/UMI Innovation in Technology Award in 2009.)