Neal Patwari

Neal Patwari


Electrical & Systems Engineering Computer Science & Engineering

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    Green Hall, Room 2155
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    Green Hall, Room 2111


PhD, University of Michigan, 2005
MS, Virginia Tech, 1999
BS, Virginia Tech, 1997


Investigates estimation, detection, and classification algorithms on signals from networks


Professor Patwari performs research at the intersection of statistical signal processing and wireless networking, for improving wireless sensor networking and RF sensing.


Neal Patwari is a professor at Washington University in St. Louis in the Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering and the Department of Computer Science & Engineering. He directs the Sensing and Processing Across Networks (SPAN) Lab, which investigates estimation, detection, and classification problems within networks. Prior developments have improved privacy in wireless networks, and capabilities for using a wireless network as a sensor. He is interested in the equity impacts of algorithms. His research perspective was shaped by his BS (1997) and MS (1999) in EE at Virginia Tech, his research work at Motorola Labs, and his PhD in EE at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (2005).

He has helped start two companies, Xandem, and Vita Sensors, which develop and sell RF sensing products. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2008, the 2009 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Magazine Paper Award, and the 2011 University of Utah Early Career Teaching Award.

He has co-authored papers with best paper awards at IEEE SenseApp 2012 and at the ACM/IEEE IPSN 2014 conference. Patwari served as the TPC chair of IPSN 2020, and has served as member of the TPC of conferences in wireless and sensor networking such as IPSN, MobiCom, SECON, and SenSys.