Vamsi Talla
CTO & Co-founder, Jeeva Wireless

Jeeva Wireless
Fluke Hall, Suite 236
4000 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195-2141


I am the CTO of Jeeva Wireless where we are revolutionizing wireless communication by enabling connectivity at a fraction of the cost, size and power of existing approaches. Jeeva's battery-free wireless technology will unleash the true potential of ubiquitous connectivity embedded in everyday objects and power billions of Internet connected devices in the near future.

I earned my M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle where I was a member of the Sensor Systems Lab. I received my B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT Guwahati. I also completed Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate (TEC) program from Foster Business school, UW. From April 2016-17, I was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Washington, where I worked with Josh Smith and Shyam Gollakota. I was an RFIC intern at Intel Labs, Hillsboro for a period of 6 months.

In my research, I develop system and integrated circuits solutions for power harvesting, low power communication, wireless power transfer and low power sensing and computation. Leveraging these techniques, I have developed battery-free and power efficient implantable, wearable and Internet of Things devices which include the first battery-free cellphone, Wi-Fi powered camera and Wi-Fi connected contact lens among many others.


  • The first battery-free cellphone covered by Wired
  • Interscatter and Ambient Backscatter named two of top ten inventions of 2016 by 网际直通车
  • Wi-Fi contact lens prototype covered by MIT Technology review
  • Passive Wi-Fi covered by Economist, Wired, MIT Technology Review and others
  • Passive Wi-Fi named one of 10 breakthrough technologies of 2016 by MIT Technology Review
  • Power over Wi-Fi named a top innovation of 2015 by Popular Science
  • Power over Wi-Fi covered by BBC, Wired, MIT Technology Review and others
  • AllSee covered by 网际直通车, King5 and others
  • Ambient Backscatter covered by CNN, Wired, MIT Technology Review and others


  • ACM SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2016
  • ACM SIGMOBILE Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2016
  • WAGS/UMI Innovation and Technology Award, 2016
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  • USENIX NSDI Best Paper Award, 2016
  • Intel PhD Fellowship, 2014
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  • ACM SIGCOMM Best Paper Award, 2013
  • IEEE WiSNet Best Paper Award, 2013
  • Intel Science and Technology Fellowship, 2011-2012


  • LoRa Backscatter: Enabling The Vision of Ubiquitous Connectivity.
    Vamsi Talla, Mehrdad Hessar, Bryce Kellogg, Ali Najafi, Joshua Smith, Shyam Gollakota. IMWUT September 2017. [PDF]

  • Battery Free Cellphone.
    Vamsi Talla, Bryce Kellogg, Shyam Gollakota, Joshua Smith. IMWUT June 2017.[PDF]

  • Making Everyday Objects into FM Radio Stations.
    Anran Wang, Vikram Iyer, Vamsi Talla, Joshua Smith, Shyam Gollakota. NSDI 2017. [PDF]

  • Design and Analysis of a High Bandwidth Rectifying Regulator with PWM and PFM modes.
    Vamsi Talla, Joshua Smith. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs (2016). [PDF]

  • Inter-Technology Backscatter: Towards Internet Connectivity for Implanted Devices.
    Vikram Iyer*, Vamsi Talla*, 网际直通车, Shyam Gollakota, 网际直通车. SIGCOMM 2016. (*Co-primary authors) (Best Paper) [PDF]

  • Design and Analysis of Rectifying and Regulating Rectifier with PWM and PFM modes.
    Vamsi Talla, Joshua Smith. ISCAS 2016. [PDF]

  • Dual Band Wireless Power and Bi-Directional Data Link for Implanted Devices in 65 nm CMOS.
    Vamsi Talla, Vaishnavi Ranganathan, Brody Mahoney, Joshua Smith. ISCAS 2016. [PDF]

  • Passive Wi-Fi: Bringing low power to Wi-Fi transmissions.
    Bryce Kellogg*, Vamsi Talla*, 网际直通车, Joshua Smith. NSDI 2016. (*Co-primary authors) (Best Paper) [PDF]

  • Powering the next billion devices with Wi-Fi.
    Vamsi Talla, Bryce Kellogg, Ben Ransford, Saman Naderiparizi, Shyam Gollakota, Joshua Smith. CoNEXT 2015. (Best Paper Nominee) [PDF]

  • Wi-Fi RF Energy Harvesting for Battery-Free Wearable Radio Platforms.
    网际直通车, Stefano Pellerano, Hongtao Xu, Ashoke Ravi, Yorgos Palaskas. IEEE RFID 2015. [PDF]

  • An experimental technique for design of practical Wireless Power Transfer systems.
    Vamsi Talla, Joshua Smith. ISCAS 2014. [PDF]

  • Bringing Gesture Recognition To All Devices.
    Bryce Kellogg*, Vamsi Talla*, Shyam Gollakota. NSDI 2014. (*Co-primary authors) [PDF]

  • Enabling instantaneous feedback with full-duplex backscatter.
    网际直通车, 网际直通车, Shyam Gollakota. Mobicom 2014. (网际直通车) [PDF]

  • Ambient Backscatter: Wireless Communication out of Thin Air.
    Vincent Liu, Aaron Parks, Vamsi Talla, 网际直通车, David Wetherall, Joshua Smith. SIGCOMM 2013. (Best Paper) [PDF]

  • Hybrid Analog-Digital Backscatter: A New Approach for Battery Free Sensing.
    Vamsi Talla, Joshua Smith. IEEE RFID 2013. 网际直通车 [PDF]

  • Hybrid Analog-Digital Backscatter Platform for High Data Rate,¬†Battery-Free Sensing.
    Vamsi Talla, Michael Buettner, David Wetherall, Joshua Smith. IEEE WiSNet 2013. (Best Paper) [PDF]