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Alanson Sample: Biography

Research Scientist, Intel Labs, Oregon

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Alanson Sample is currently a Research Scientist at Intel Labs in Oregon. Since rejoining Intel in late 2012, his research efforts have focused on zero power computing, energy harvesting for wearable devices, and energy autonomous sensing systems.

He previously held a postdoctoral research position in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. In this role he worked on wirelessly powered medical implants as part of the Sensor Systems Lab. He is a key contributor to the FREE-D system, which delivers safe and reliable wireless power to implanted heart pumps, known as LVADs.

Alanson received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in June of 2011 from the University of Washington. Throughout his graduate studies, he worked as an employee at Intel Labs Seattle. Intel's Seattle lab focused on exploring context aware and sensor driven computing systems that are integrated seamlessly into daily life. Alanson's research projects included: the Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform (WISP), which enhances passive (battery free) RFID tag technology with sensors and computing capabilities; the Wireless Resonant Energy Link (WREL) project, which uses magnetically coupled resonators as a means of wirelessly powering consumer electronics; and the Wireless Ambient Radio Power (WARP) project, that harvests TV signals and ambient RF energy to power wireless sensor nodes.

Alanson has authored several articles and patents on RFID, wireless power, energy harvesting, and robotics. His research interests lie broadly in the areas of RF engineering and integrated circuit design, including: antenna theory and design, energy harvesting, wirelessly powered systems, transceiver design, and design of novel sensing systems.

Link to papers: http://www.alansonsample.com/publications/index.html