Neal Patwari
  • Associate Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Bioengineering


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech

Research Summary

Wireless networking technologies which improve security, reliability, self-awareness, and sensing capabilities. Particular expertise in radio localization, locating people in buildings using RF sensors, and vital sign monitoring using RF sensors. General expertise in monitoring health and activity using wireless networks.


Neal Patwari received the B.S. (1997) and M.S. (1999) degrees from Virginia Tech, and the Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2005), all in Electrical Engineering. He was a research engineer in Motorola Labs, Florida, between 1999 and 2001.  Since 2006, he has been at the University of Utah, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with an adjunct appointment in the School of Computing and Department of Bioengineering.  He directs the Sensing and Processing Across Networks (SPAN) Lab, which performs research at the intersection of statistical signal processing and wireless networking.  Neal is also the Director of Research at Xandem Technology, which develops security and home automation products based on radio sensing technologies spun out of the SPAN lab. Neal 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.  His is a co-author on two papers with Best Paper Awards, at IEEE SenseApp 2012 and IPSN 2014.   He has served on technical program committees for ACM and IEEE conferences Mobicom, IPSN, SECON, EWSN, ICDCS, DCOSS, ICC, RTAS, CNS, ICCCN, and MILCOM.