Shwetak N. Patel is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering. His research interests are in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, and User Interface Software and Technology. He is particularly interested in developing easy-to-deploy sensing technologies and approaches for location and activity recognition applications. He is also interested in exploring novel interaction techniques for mobile devices, mobile sensing systems, and wireless power technologies. Shwetak's most recent research has been in building a new class of low-cost and easy-to-deploy sensing systems for the home to enable in-situ human-centered research, called Infrastructure Mediated Sensing, which leverages existing utility infrastructures in a home to support whole house sensing.

Shwetak received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008 and B.S. in Computer Science in 2003. He was also the Assistant Director of the Aware Home Research Initiative at Georgia Tech.

Projects


Publications

uTrack: 3D Input Using Two Magnetic Sensors uTrack: 3D Input Using Two Magnetic Sensors
Keyu Chen, Kent Lyons, Sean White and Shwetak N. Patel
Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, 2013. Paper (PDF)
uTouch: Sensing Touch Gestures on Unmodified LCDs uTouch: Sensing Touch Gestures on Unmodified LCDs
Keyu Chen, Gabe Cohn, Sidhant Gupta and Shwetak N. Patel
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2013. CHI Note (PDF)
GroupEnergyTable: An Interactive Tabletop for Energy Conservation GroupEnergyTable: An Interactive Tabletop for Energy Conservation
Katherine Everitt, Peter F. Oven, Shwetak N. Patel and James A. Landay
IEEE Pervasive Computing, 2012. Article (PDF)
Investigating Receptiveness to Sensing and Inference in the Home Using Sensor Proxies
Eun Kyoung Choe, Sunny Consolvo, Jaeyeon Jung, Beverly Harrison, Shwetak N. Patel and Julie A. Kientz
International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, 2012. Full Paper (PDF)
    Best Paper Nominee
Humantenna: Using the Body as an Antenna for Real-Time Whole-Body Interaction Humantenna: Using the Body as an Antenna for Real-Time Whole-Body Interaction
Gabe Cohn, Dan Morris, Shwetak N. Patel and Desney Tan
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2012. Full Paper (PDF)
    Best Paper Nominee
SoundWave: Using the Doppler Effect to Sense Gestures SoundWave: Using the Doppler Effect to Sense Gestures
Sidhant Gupta, Dan Morris, Shwetak N. Patel and Desney Tan
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2012. CHI Note (PDF)
The Design and Evaluation of Prototype Eco-Feedback Displays for Fixture-Level Water Usage Data The Design and Evaluation of Prototype Eco-Feedback Displays for Fixture-Level Water Usage Data
Jon E. Froehlich, Leah Findlater, Marilyn Ostergren, Solai Ramanathan, Josh Peterson, Inness Wragg, Fabia Fu, Mazhengmin Bai, Shwetak N. Patel and James A. Landay
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2012. Full Paper (PDF)
    Best Paper Nominee
LightWave: Using Compact Fluorescent Lights as Sensors LightWave: Using Compact Fluorescent Lights as Sensors
Sidhant Gupta, Keyu Chen, Matt Reynolds and Shwetak N. Patel
International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, 2011. Full Paper (PDF)
    Best Paper Nominee
HeatWave: ThermalImaging for Surface User Interaction HeatWave: ThermalImaging for Surface User Interaction
Eric Larson, Gabe Cohn, Sidhant Gupta, Xiaofeng Ren, Beverly Harrison, Dieter Fox and Shwetak N. Patel
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2011. Full Paper
    Best Paper Nominee
Interactive Generator: A Self-Powered Haptic Feedback Device. Interactive Generator: A Self-Powered Haptic Feedback Device.
Akash Badshah, Sidhant Gupta, Gabe Cohn, Nicolas Villar, Steve Hodges and Shwetak N. Patel
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2011. CHI Note
    Best Note Winner
Your Noise is My Command: Sensing Gestures Using the Body as an Antenna Your Noise is My Command: Sensing Gestures Using the Body as an Antenna
Gabe Cohn, Dan Morris, Shwetak N. Patel and Desney Tan
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2011. Full Paper (PDF)
    Best Paper Winner
The Design and Evaluation of an End-User-Deployable, Whole House, Contactless Power Consumption Sensor The Design and Evaluation of an End-User-Deployable, Whole House, Contactless Power Consumption Sensor
Shwetak N. Patel, Sidhant Gupta and Matt Reynolds
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2010. Full Paper (PDF)
    Best Paper Nominee
SqueezeBlock: Using Virtual Springs in Mobile Devices for Eyes-Free Interaction
Sidhant Gupta, Tim Campbell, Jeffrey Hightower and Shwetak N. Patel
Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, 2010. Tech Note (PDF)
SNUPI: Sensor Nodes Utilizing Powerline Infrastructure SNUPI: Sensor Nodes Utilizing Powerline Infrastructure
Gabe Cohn, Erich Stuntebeck, Jagdish Pandey, Brian Otis, Gregory Abowd and Shwetak N. Patel
International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, 2010. Full Paper (PDF)
    Best Paper Nominee
GasSense: Appliance-Level, Single-Point Sensing of Gas Activity in the Home
Gabe Cohn, Sidhant Gupta, Jon E. Froehlich, Eric Larson and Shwetak N. Patel
Pervasive, 2010. Full Paper (PDF)
 HydroSense: Infrastructure-Mediated Single-Point Sensing of Whole-Home Water Activity HydroSense: Infrastructure-Mediated Single-Point Sensing of Whole-Home Water Activity
Jon E. Froehlich, Eric Larson, Tim Campbell, Conor Haggerty, James Fogarty and Shwetak N. Patel
International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, 2009. Full Paper (PDF)
    Best Paper Nominee
PL-Tags: Detecting Batteryless Tags through the Power Lines in a Building
Shwetak N. Patel, Erich Stuntebeck and Thomas Robertson
Pervasive, 2009. Full Paper
Sacred Imagery in Techno-Spiritual Design
Susan Wyche, Kelly Caine, Ben Davison, Michael Artega, Shwetak N. Patel and Beki Grinter
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2009. CHI Note
Are You Sleeping? Sharing Portrayed Sleeping Status within a Social Network
Sunyoung Kim, Julie A. Kientz, Shwetak N. Patel and Gregory Abowd
Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 2008. Full Paper
A Quantitative Investigation of Inertial Power Harvesting for Human-powered Devices
Jaeseok Yun, Shwetak N. Patel, Matt Reynolds and Gregory Abowd
International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, 2008. Full Paper
Wideband PowerLine Positioning for Indoor Localization
Erich Stuntebeck, Shwetak N. Patel, Thomas Robertson, Matt Reynolds and Gregory Abowd
International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, 2008. Full Paper
Detecting Human Movement by Differential Air Pressure Sensing in HVAC System Ductwork: An Exploration in Infrastructure Mediated Sensing
Shwetak N. Patel, Matt Reynolds and Gregory Abowd
Pervasive, 2008. Full Paper (PDF)
    Best Paper Award