Connectivity and Sensing
at the Human-Machine Frontier
November 12, UT Engineering Education & Research Center

The 17th Texas Wireless Summit on November 12, 2019 highlighted advances and opportunities at the intersection of human-centered computing, sensing and connectivity. Sessions and panels focused on wearables, virtual and mixed reality, bio-interfaces, and perception. We explored the challenges and demands of the communication infrastructure required to support and enhance devices and experiences.

Take a look at the Speakers section below to see our exciting list of high-profile industry and academia speakers for the 2019 event.

The faculty co-organizers for the 2019 Summit were Prof. Edison Thomaz and Prof. Nanshu Lu.

Presentation slide decks and session videos now available!
See the updated Agenda section below.

A Look Inside TWS 2019: Connectivity and Sensing at the Human-Machine Frontier

A Look Inside TWS 2019: Connectivity and Sensing at the Human-Machine Frontier

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2019 Speakers


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Joseph A. Paradiso is currently associate academic head of the Media Arts and Sciences program at MIT and also directs the Media Lab's Responsive Environments Research Group, which explores how sensor networks augment and mediate human experience, interaction, and perception. His current research interests include embedded sensing systems and sensor networks, wearable and body sensor networks, energy harvesting and power management [read more]...


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Speakers / Panelists

A serial entrepreneur, Jean Anne Booth has 30 years of experience in high technology, and has raised over $100M in venture capital for her startup companies. Now on her fourth startup, UnaliWear’s Kanega watch has been named by focus groups to be a “wearable OnStar for People” because it provides discreet support for falls, medication reminders, and a guard against wandering in a voice-first, classically-styled watch [read more]...



Dr. Gabe A. Cohn is a Researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA, where he works in Microsoft Healthcare on innovative sensing systems for novel medical devices. Cohn's research focuses on designing and implementing ultra-low-power embedded sensing systems, leveraging physical phenomena to enable new sensing modalities, and developing sensor systems targeted at realizing immediate change in high-impact application domains including healthcare. [read more]...


Microsoft Research



Alex founded and is currently the head of the Digital Health Lab at Samsung Research America (SRA), with a mision to transform healthcare delivery via innovative digital technology, human-centric design, and AI. Alex also serves on the Board of Managers for the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA), aHIMSS organization dedicated to advancing the tecnology and application of connected health innovations. Alex has 25 years of global experience building  [read more]...


California Institute of Technology

Wei Gao is an Assistant Professor of Medical Engineering at Caltech. He is interested in the future of personalized and precision medicine and is engineering the next-generation of wearable health monitors and nanorobots. Gao was selected for MIT Technology Review’s 2016 list of “35 Innovators under 35” for his development of a wearable health monitor that tracks indicators of health by analyzing sweat. He is the recipient of a number of awards such as [read more]...


Ambiq Micro

Scott Hanson is CTO and founder of Ambiq Micro. Scott led the development of Ambiq Micro’s SPOT platform at the University of Michigan and later founded the company in 2010. Since then, the company has grown quickly to become the world’s leader in low power chips with more than 50 million wearables, smart home devices, and smart cards all relying on Ambiq Micro’s unmatched energy efficiency. Today, Scott leads the development of Ambiq Micro’s technology roadmap to enable intelligence everywhere [read more]...


Holland & Knight, LLP

Robert S. Hill is a Dallas intellectual property partner at the international law firm Holland & Knight, with a practice focused on complex patent litigation. Mr. Hill is a member of H&K's Technology & Telecommunications Industry Sector Group, 5G Initiative, and Digital Healthcare Initiative. He regularly writes and speaks about legal issues associated with new technologies. Mr. Hill has litigated in a variety of technology areas, including wireless  [read more]...


The University of Texas at Austin

Todd Humphreys specializes in the application of optimal detection and estimation techniques to problems in satellite navigation, autonomous systems, and signal processing. He directs the Radionavigation Laboratory and is associate director of UT SAVES. His recent focus has been on secure perception for autonomous systems, including navigation, timing, and collision avoidance, and on centimeter-accurate location for the mass market.
 [read more]...


General Motors

Adam Kelly is a senior software engineer at General Motors in Austin working in computer vision and 3d development. Previously he worked on the HoloLens team at Microsoft in Seattle. Adam has a BS in computer science from the University of Michigan. All of his 3d development and deep learning skills come from practical projects and self-directed learning he does in his free time. He is also the creator of the Immersive Limit YouTube channel, [read more]...


Magic Leap

Michael Klug is the Corporate VP of Advanced Photonics at Magic Leap, where he has been a Leaper since 2014. He received his BS from MIT and his MS from the Spatial Imaging Group at the MIT Media Laboratory.  In 1996 he co-founded and served as CTO at Zebra Imaging, Inc., developing 3D holographic display products to serve a broad variety of applications including CAD visualization, holographic optical elements, and [read more]...


Ascension Medical Group

Bobby Kurian is faculty at UT Dell Medical School and practicing electrophysiologist at Seton Heart Institute. He has co-founded med tech companies and developed technologies in the cardiac electrophysiology space in the areas of cardiac mapping and ablation of cardiac arrhythmias (CardioNXT, AFTx). His most recent start-up RFMx is a digital health company that utilizes biometric data obtained from wearable devices [read more]...


The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Lu's research focuses on the mechanics and manufacture of flexible, stretchable, and bio-integrated electronics, such as her work on "cut-and-paste" e-tattoos which can provide ambulatory reading of vital signs. She leads an interdisciplinary group working on four major research areas: mechanics of flexible and stretchable structures, mechanics at bio-electronics interface, 2D materials for imperceptible bioelectronics, and freeform manufacture of soft bioelectronics. [read more]...

Dr. José del R. Millán is a professor and holds the Carol Cockrell Curran Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also a professor in the Department of Neurology of the Dell Medical School. Dr. Millán has made several seminal contributions to the field of brain-machine interfaces, especially based on electroencephalogram signals. Most of his achievements involve the design of brain-controlled robots. [read more]...


The University of Texas at Austin



Brian Modoff has served as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions since October 2015. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Mr. Modoff was a Managing Director in Equity Research at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (Deutsche Bank), a provider of financial services, from March 1999 to October 2015. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Modoff was a research analyst at several financial institutions from November 1993 to March 1999. Mr. Modoff holds a B.A. in Economics [read more]...

Prof. Qiu's current work focuses on wireless network management and content distribution in mobile networks. She has also conducted research on: network measurement and tomography; overlay routing/ multihoming; Web performance and content/event distribution; TCP, active queue management, and congestion control; Packet classification and security; and IP telephony. Qiu has been named ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, and ACM Distinguished Scientist [read more]...


The University of Texas at Austin

Christine is currently the Chief Science Officer and Director of Bioengineering at Nano in Austin, Texas. Nano is an intelligent platform that utilizes information from an individual’s everyday life to compile a continuous comprehensive health profile resulting in personalized community support, actionable insights and on-demand products and services. Christine’s deep experience in biotechnology spans disciplines including tissue engineering, drug delivery, molecular biophysics and [read more]...



Dr. John E. Smee is Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc., where he is the 5G R&D lead responsible for overseeing all 5G research projects including end-end systems design and advanced RF/HW/SW prototype implementations in Qualcomm’s wireless research and development group. He joined Qualcomm in 2000, holds over 100 U.S. Patents, and has been involved in the design, innovation, and productization of wireless [read more]...





Kiran Somasundaram is an Applied Science Manager at Facebook Reality Labs in Redmond, WA, working on machine perception technologies for LiveMaps, a technology stack for AR/VR systems. He received his Ph. D., in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2010. Prior to joining Facebook, Kiran worked at Qualcomm Research on projects across robotics, mobile AR and wireless technologies [read more]...

Dr. Thomaz's research focuses on the sensing, recognition, and modeling of everyday human life activities in the service of health and well-being applications. His work combines technical approaches from Ubicomp, HCI, Machine Learning, and Signal Processing. Over the last decade, Dr. Thomaz has developed new human-centered approaches for collecting, visualizing and analyzing activity-centered senor data using commodity devices. His work has [read more]...


The University of Texas at Austin


Agenda & Video























Welcome & Introduction

Edison Thomaz & Nanshu Lu

The University of Texas at Austin

TWS Faculty Chairs

"The Transition to 5G—the journey of wireless transformation and its potential for the next decade"
Brian Modoff


abstract & slides

Keynote: "How We Will Connect To Our Networked Future in a Post-IoT World"

Joseph Paradiso

Massachusetts Institute of Technology



"Wearable Sweat-Sensors for Personalized Health Monitoring"

Wei Gao

California Institute of Technology

abstract & slides

"Wearables, HCI, and Context-Aware Computing in Digital Health Innovation"

Alex Gao



"Wearables for the Longevity Economy"

Jean Anne Booth


abstract & slides

Wearables and Bio-Sensing Panel

Moderator: Nanshu Lu

The University of Texas at Austin

Scott Hanson

Ambiq Micro

Robert Hill

Holland & Knight

Thomas Kurian

Ascension Medical Group

Christine Scheve


















"What's Next for 5G?"

John Smee


abstract & slides

"Redefining Noise: Finding Unintended Signals Everywhere"

Gabe Cohn

Microsoft Research


"Sensoryfields for Spatial Computing"
Michael Klug

Magic Leap



UT Research Showcase

"Wireless Electronic Tattoos for Personalized Mobile Sensing and Therapeutics"

Nanshu Lu


"Brain-Machine Interfaces: Beyond the Clinical Realm"

Jose del Millan

abstract & slides

"Motion Tracking for VR, AR, and Smart Appliances"

Lili Qiu


"Advancing Digital Phenotyping: New Directions in Wearables and Beyond"

Edison Thomaz

abstract & slides

AR/VR/MR Panel

Moderator: Edison Thomaz

The University of Texas at Austin

Adam Kelly

General Motors

Todd Humphreys

The University of Texas at Austin

Kiran Somasundaram



2019 Partners

Holland & Knight



Texas Wireless Summit 2019 will be held at the Engineering Education and Research Center (EER) at the University of Texas at Austin.

Mulva Auditorium can be found on the south side of EER Level 0.

The EER building as well as the closest parking garages are marked by the pins on the map below.


Engineering Education & Research Center

Mulva Auditorium (EER 0.904)

The University of Texas at Austin

2501 Speedway

Austin, TX 78712

Driving Directions

(Use the directions below or click the pins on the interactive map above and use the "Directions" links to input your own start points.)

From Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
- From the airport, head west on Hwy. 71.
- Take the exit for I-35N.
- Take Exit 236.
- Turn right, following the ramp for Lyndon B. Johnson Library/Dean Keeton.
- Keep right at the fork to merge onto E Dean Keeton St.
- EER is on Speedway, south of Dean Keeton.  Nearby parking garages are San Jacinto Garage (turn left onto San Jacinto from Dean Keeton) & Speedway Garage (turn right onto Speedway from Dean Keeton).

From I-35
- Take the exit for Dean Keeton.
- Head west on E. Dean Keeton.
- EER is on Speedway, south of Dean Keeton.  Nearby parking garages are San Jacinto Garage (turn left onto San Jacinto from Dean Keeton) & Speedway Garage (turn right onto Speedway from Dean Keeton). 

From MOPAC (Loop 1)
- Take the 24th St/Windsor Rd exit and head east on Windsor Rd.
- Proceed east on Windsor Road; it will become 24th St.
- Turn left onto Guadalupe St.
- Turn right onto Dean Keeton.
- EER is on Speedway, south of Dean Keeton.  Nearby parking garages are Speedway Garage (turn left onto Speedway from Dean Keeton) & San Jacinto Garage (turn right onto San Jacinto from Dean Keeton).


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