William J. Kaiser

Professor in Electrical Engineering

University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA

Professor Kaiser received a PhD in Solid State Physics from Wayne State University in 1984. From 1977 through 1986, as a member of Ford Motor Co. Research Staff, his development of automotive sensor and embedded system technology resulted in large volume commercial sensor production. At Ford, he also developed the first spectroscopies based on scanning tunneling microscopy. From 1986 through 1994, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he developed the Ballistic Electron Emission Microscopy (BEEM) technique for subsurface characterization of semiconductor devices. Dr. Kaiser also developed and demonstrated the first electron tunnel sensors for acceleration and infrared detection and initiated the NASA/JPL Microinstrument program.

In 1994, Professor Kaiser joined the faculty of the UCLA Electrical Engineering

Department. At UCLA, he initiated the wireless networked sensor field with a vision of linking the Internet to the physical world through distributed monitoring. This included research on self-organized networked embedded systems and low power integrated subsystems for sensing, signal processing, and RF communication. This research engaged many large collaborative programs across several departments. These combined UCLA research activities have contributed to the creation of many new programs within government and commercial organizations. Professor Kaiserís research on distributed sensors now includes the development of self-aware networked embedded systems that may adjust their physical configuration to optimize sensing performance. This new program area, Networked Infomechanical Systems (NIMS), supported by the National Science Foundation, is part of the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) . NIMS mobile sensor network technology has been demonstrated and deployed for environmental monitoring.

Professor Kaiser's research has concentrated on the development of distributed networked, embedded computing for linking the Internet to the physical world. The applications for this technology that his group has pursued include distributed systems for factory automation, biomedical research, healthcare, space science, security, and defense. His background includes networked embedded computing, distributed low-power system development, low-power analog and digital electronics, low-power wireless communication systems, and microsensor technology. Professor Kaiserís teaching efforts include the development of new courses for both undergraduate and graduate programs emphasizing a combination of fundamental concepts and applications to design.