William Kaiser, Ph.D.

Kaiser_PhotoProfessor William J. Kaiser is founder and Co-Director of the UCLA Wireless Health Institute (WHI). He received a PhD in Solid State Physics from Wayne State University in 1984. From 1977 through 1986, as a member of Ford Motor Co. Research Staff, his development of automotive sensor and embedded system technology for automotive emission control systems resulted in large volume commercial sensor production in use today. At Ford and JPL, he also developed the first spectroscopies based on scanning probe microscopy for microelectronics system characterization. From 1986 through 1994, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he initiated the NASA Microinstrument program for distributed sensing and led instrument development for the prototype Mars rover.

In 1994, Professor Kaiser joined the faculty of the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department. In collaboration with Professor Greg Pottie, he initiated the first wireless networked microsensor programs with a vision of linking the Internet to the physical world through distributed monitoring. This continued research includes the topics of actuated sensor networks for environmental monitoring, networked embedded systems, low power integrated circuits and systems for wireless networked sensing.  He also developed and delivered many wireless sensor network systems to the Department of Defense for force protection and the development of the first automotive telematics gateway systems for Ford.

Working in close collaboration with the UCLA community he has developed UCLA Wireless Health Institute (WHI). WHI now includes products in clinical trials supporting over 1500 subjects and over 20 programs focused on advancing patient outcomes, promoting health and wellness, creating new healthcare delivery methods, and also advancing human performance. WHI monitoring systems are applied to detailed human motion sensing and visualization, joint diagnostics, electrophysiology monitoring, and many others. The WHI developed AbStats product is the first external monitor of human digestion and has received FDA 510(k) approval in 2015.

Professor Kaiser served as Electrical Engineering Department Chairman from 1996 through 2000.  He has over 240 publications, over 140 invited presentations, and 47 patents. He has received the Allied Signal Faculty Research Award, the Peter Mark Award of the American Vacuum Society, the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement, the Arch T. Colwell Best Paper Award of the Society of Automotive Engineers, two R&D 100 Awards, the Brian P. Copenhaver Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology, the 2007-2009 Gold Shield Faculty Prize, the 2015 Engineer’s Council Engineering Educator of the Year Award, and Best Paper Awards at the BodyNets 2008 and Wireless Health 2011 conferences. The WHI development of the AbStats Digestive Monitor received the Plenary Paper Award at the 2015 Digestive Disease Week conference. The WHI development of the SEM Scanner product now on the market in the EU and UK received the Frost & Sullivan Innovative European Medical Device Award for 2015. He has been general chair and a founder of the Wireless Health Conference series. For more information on the UCLA Wireless Health Institute, please see http://www.wirelesshealth.ucla.edu/