My research is broadly in ubiquitous and mobile computing, wireless sensor networks, and embedded systems. Specifically, I study battery-free smart devices and intermittent computing, where I design computer systems resilient to frequent and unpredictable power failures. I work towards a sustainable future for computing informed by my Native Hawaiian (Kanaka maoli) heritage. I apply my work to healthcare, infrastructure monitoring, novel interactive devices, and conservation.
I was named a Sloan Fellow in Computer Science and won my NSF CAREER in 2022. I was named to Popular Science’s Brilliant 10, the AISES Most Promising Scientist, and won a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award in 2021. My work has received six Best Paper type Awards and seven Best Presentation type Awards. My research has featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BBC, Popular Science, Scientific American, CNET, Mashable, Communications of the ACM, the Guinness Book of World Records, and many others.