Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Meet the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s
Bhuvana Krishnaswamy
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering


Research area Biological networks, wireless networks, low-power wireless systems, Internet of Things. Much of current research focuses on low power wireless communications with a goal of deploying long-lasting battery-powered devices to observe remote locations.

What excites you about your work? 

“Many technology solutions focus on connecting humans. To learn more about areas that aren’t densely populated, like oceans and deserts, we can study them through deploying sensors or new monitoring equipment, but there’s not much connectivity to those parts of Earth’s surface, which leaves plenty of room for new connectivity solutions in these unexplored areas. In remote locations, deploying battery-powered devices that can last for months is a challenging problem. Much of our research focuses on low power wireless communications. There’s so much more to solve ahead of us when it comes to connectivity and unconstrained devices, and we have years of work ahead of us to reach where we want to be.”

What do you hope to achieve? 

“Like any innovator, I’d like to see our ideas make their way to products that can impact someone’s life. We are doing collaborative research, finding others who might use our work and providing them the tools to solve their problems. For example, some of our early work has been applied in soil science and agriculture on campus, to deploy sensor modules in fields with wireless connectivity. Working with other researchers and experts who appreciate our contribution is a boost to our morale and continued excitement.

Bhuvana takes a truly interdisciplinary approach to her research and applies engineering principles to complex life science challenges. She brings enthusiasm and creativity to all her collaborations, along with an ambition to solve global problems. She is a true asset to the UW community.

– Emily Bauer, WARF, Director of Licensing

Want to learn more?

Emily Bauer, [email protected], 608.960.9842