Prof. Brian Otis

Brian Otis received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. His Ph.D. work was completed in the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) where he worked on low power wireless integrated circuits with Prof. Jan Rabaey. He joined the faculty of the University of Washington in 2005 and is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering where he has supervised 15 Ph.D. dissertations. His primary research interests are ultra-low power transceiver design, bioelectrical interface circuits and systems, and bioelectrical sensor interfaces. He previously held positions at Intel Corp. and Agilent Technologies. He has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Part II and the IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits. He is co-author of two books: Ultra-Low Power Wireless Technologies for Sensor Networks (2007) and Ultra Low-Power Integrated Circuit Design for Wireless Neural Interfaces (2010). Dr. Otis received the U.C. Berkeley Seven Rosen Funds award for innovation in 2003, was co-recipient of the 2002 ISSCC Jack Raper Award for an Outstanding Technology Directions Paper, received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2009, was co-recipient of the 2010 DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest Award, and was awarded the University of Washington College of Engineering Junior Faculty Innovator Award in 2011. Brian joined Google in 2012 and is currently CTO at Verily Life Sciences (an Alphabet company).

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  • Anthony Smith Ph.D. Student

    Anthony Smith joined the WSL in June 2011. He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and the M.S. degree from the University of Utah. His M.S. thesis work discussed the development of a robust transcutaneous forward data communications system utilizing inductively coupled coils. He has also held industry positions at Advanced Micro Devices and Spansion. His primary research interests include low power circuit design, low power/short range wireless communications, and bioelectrical interfaces. (wasmith2 at


  • Dr. Jabeom Koo: Intel Corporation (Ph.D., 2016)

    Thesis: Reference clock design for low power and low phase noise with temperature compensation (

  • Dr. Keping Wang (Postdoctoral Researcher, 2012-2015)


  • Jason Silver: Utah University (Ph.D., 2015)

    Thesis: Radio Frequency Synthesis for Power-Constrained Systems


  • Tim Morrison: Google Inc. (Ph.D., 2015)


  • Manohar Nagaraju: Cisco systems (Ph.D., 2015)

    Thesis: Circuits and Systems for Low-Power Miniaturized Wireless Sensors


  • Kannan Sankaragomathi: Google Inc. (Ph.D., 2015)

    Thesis: Integrated circuit design to enable quartz free miniature wireless sensing systems

  • Jane Gu (Almonddy): Marvell Semiconductor (MS, 2014)

    Thesis: Low Power IC design for Health Sensing

  • Luis Perez: Ossia Inc. (MS 2014)

  • Spencer Gibbs: Standford (Undergrad Researcher, 2012)

  • Andrew Nelson: Google Inc. (Undergrad Researcher, 2011)

  • Jianlei Shi: Qualcomm Inc. (Ph.D., 2011)

    Thesis: MEMS-Inspired Digitally-Assisted Architectures for Low Power Transceivers

  • Helen Zhang: Marvell Semiconductor (Ph.D., 2012)

    Thesis: Ultra-low Power Circuit and System Design for Deployable Body-Worn Devices

  • Yi-Chun Shih (Ethan): Intel Corporation (Ph.D., 2011)

    Thesis: Low power wireless integrated circuits for implantable devices

  • Jeremy Holleman: Assistant Professor, U.T. Knoxville (Ph.D., 2009)

    Thesis: "Micro-power Integrated Circuits for Neural Interfaces"

  • Shailesh Rai: Qualcomm Inc. (Ph.D., 2010)

    Thesis: "Quartz-Free Miniaturized Frequency References for Wireless Systems"

  • Jagdish Pandey: Qualcomm Inc. (Ph.D., 2011)

    Thesis: "Ultra-Low Power Radio Techniques for Body-Worn Devices"

  • Julie R. Hu: Intel Corporation (Ph. D., 2011)

    Thesis: "Low-Jitter Frequency Generation Techniques for Low-Power Applications"

  • Yu-Te (Yudo) Liao: Assistant Professor, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan (Ph.D., 2011)

    Thesis: "Fully Integrated Wireless Sensors for Body Area Networks" Click here

  • Apurva Mishra: Senior Data Scientist, RichRelevance Inc (Ph.D., 2011)

    Thesis: Utilizing ElectroCorticoGraphic (ECoG) Signal Characteristics to Realize Low-Power Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs)

  • Dr. John Burt – Research Scientist

    Dr. Burt received his B.S. at The Evergreen State College and the Ph.D. at the University of Washington. He served as a Post-doctoral Associate (Bioacoustics Research Program, Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University, Ithaca New York) where he developed and deployed and maintained in the field a 16 channel radio-microphone array hardware and software system for recording banded wren song in territorial neighborhoods in Costa Rica. He is a member of the Animal Behavior Society, the Society for Neuroscience, and the International Society for Neuroethology. He is currently developing a new generation of miniaturized digital radio tags intended for studying animal and human social networks. quill at

  • Dan Yeager: U.C. Berkeley Ph.D. Program (M.S., 2009)

    Thesis: "Development and Application of Wirelessly-Powered Sensor Nodes"

  • Ying Su: Microsoft Corp (M.S., 2009)

    Thesis: "Physical Chip Identification Using Process Variations"

  • Azin Zarrasvand (M.S., 2009)

    Thesis: "Ultra-low power Bandgap and Regulator Design for Wireless Systems and Sensors"

  • Eric Carlson (M.S., 2008)

    Thesis: "An ultra-low-voltage low-power boost converter IC for energy harvesting applications"