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Tom Martin

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
and by courtesy, the Department of Computer Science and the School of Architecture+Design
Virginia Tech


Spring 2015:
ECE 5564, Wearable and Ubiquitous Computing

Fall 2014:
ECE 3544, Digital Design I

Spring 2014:
CS 2984/Arch 3514, Introduction to Physical Computing (Sponsored and hosted by ICAT)

Fall 2013:
ECE 3544, Digital Design I New and Improved!

Fall 2012:
ECE 2504, Introduction to Computer Engineering New and Improved!
ECE 4974: Interdisciplinary Design of Pervasive Computing Products (with Ed Dorsa and Ron Kemnitzer from Industrial Design, Eloise Coupey from Marketing, and Lisa McNair from Engineering Education)
This course, along with several of my other undergraduate independent study projects, was featured in the Virginia Tech ECE Annual Report in 2010. A description of the class with more detail on our design process and past projects is available in this paper from the Third Workshop on Pervasive Computing Education at UbiComp 2010, and in this paper from the 2011 International Symposium on Wearable Computers, which was nominated for best paper.  One of the student teams from Fall 2010 won in the medical category of the VT $5K, an annual competition to produce executive summaries. Lisa Cox (Marketing), Cole Hasson (ECE), and Zack Filbert (ID) worked on a project to provide a data distribution service for children with diabetes.


My areas of research include electronic textiles, wearable and pervasive computing,  and interdisciplinary design .  Here's my CV in PDF, reasonably up to date as of January 2015. I am the co-director, with Mark Jones, of the Virginia Tech Electronic Textiles Lab. I am also a Senior Fellow at the Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (ICAT), where I am responsible for the CREATE prototyping studio.

Current funded projects:
Selected past funded projects:

I organized a workshop at ISWC 2007 on the Role of Design in Wearable Computing.  In September 2009, Lucy Dunne, Tricia Wilson and I organized the Symposium on Smart E-textile Solutions at the IFAI Expo.
In the spring of 2011, Lisa McNair and I organized a workshop at PerCom on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Pervasive Computing Design, which was held as a special session within the PervasivE Learning, Life, and Leisure (PerEL) workshop.

If you are archeologically minded (i.e., you would like to see some really old information about me), please see my old page at Carnegie Mellon. For my Ph.D. work at Carnegie Mellon, I integrated models of battery behavior and models of system performance in order to increase the amount of computing that can be performed in a battery life. The group I worked loosely with is the Wearable Computing Group in the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES).

Honors and Awards:

2014: Paola Zellner-Bassett and I were selected for the Virginia Tech XCaliber Award for our interdisciplinary undergraduate projects in wearable technology with NASA Johnson Space Center (described here and here). These projects were funded by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and ICAT.
2013: Best paper award for 2012 from the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering for a paper with Jason Forsyth, Deb Young-Corbett, and Ed Dorsa, on Jason's master's thesis
2012: Paola Zellner-Bassett and I tied for first place in the Charles W. Steger Design Competition.
2012: Eloise Coupey, Ed Dorsa, Ron Kemnitzer, Lisa McNair and I won the Virginia Tech XCaliber Award for outstanding contributions to technology-enriched learning activities.
2011: Lisa McNair and I were selected to attend the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education for the interdisciplinary design course.
2011: Virginia Tech Diggs Teaching Scholar
2006: National Science Foundation Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
2006: College of Engineering Dean's Faculty Fellow
2004: College of Engineering Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching (for innovation in creating the course ECE 5564, Wearable and Ubiquitous Computing)
2004: College of Engineering Certificate of Teaching Excellence




Some ECE humor:

Contact info:

Mailing address:
Tom Martin
The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech
302 Whittemore Hall (0111)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Office: Torgersen Hall, room 2040-D
Work Phone: (540) 231-1739

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(Last updated on 9 February 2015)