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Joshua Adkins Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Adkins plans to continue his graduate studies in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California Berkeley.| Short Read
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Joshua Adkins, a senior in Computer Engineering, has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. He plans to continue his graduate studies in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California Berkeley.

While at Michigan, Josh has worked with Prof. Prabal Dutta in Lab 11, the Embedded Systems Lab. His research interests lie in the areas of embedded systems, ubiquitous computing, and energy harvesting. He has been working on Monoxalyze, a mobile smoking cessation verification system, as well as other projects that aim to lower the barrier for interacting with embedded, Internet-of-Things devices.

Moving forward, Josh intends to study the potential for ecosystems of disparate embedded sensors and actuators to work together and accomplish coordinated tasks. He is also interested in systems that will enable the scalable deployment of energy-harvesting, sensors and actuators. Ultimately, he hopes that his work will contribute to realizing the goal of easily deploying networks of small, low-power, devices that can improve quality of life and safety in both residential and industrial environments.


The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Posted: April 4, 2016

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U-Michigan, Ford open world-class robotics complex

The facility will accelerate the future of advanced and more equitable robotics and mobility | Medium Read