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About Me

I am a third year PhD student advised by Shwetak Patel in the Ubiquitous Computing Lab at the University of Washington Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineer.

My work focuses on leveraging ubiqutious technology and artificial intelligence for social good, sustainability, and urbanism.

I also make music with my guitar and synthesizer as well as digital art using Blender.

I got my B.S. in Computer Engineering with a Minor in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where I worked with Jay Taneja, Prashant Shenoy, and David Irwin.


I'm broadly interested in leveraging big data, ubiquitous technology, and artificial intelligence for social good. I'm passionate about my work having a positive impact on environmental sustainability, public health, and the equity and efficiency of the built environment.

To do this, I like to build novel sensing systems on smart devices which can be quickly deployed at scale.

I also like to build systems on top of existing ubiquitous data sources such as remote sensing images, data from open source smart infrastructure, and data from social media.

I am most excited about problems that are grounded in physics, signal processing, sociology, or behavior science.

Other topics that interest me are security, data visualization, and human-in-the-loop modeling.


Intuitive and Ubiquitous Fever Monitoring Using Smartphones and Smartwatches

Joseph Breda, Shwetak Patel

Working Paper

Phone-based ambient temperature sensing using opportunistic crowdsensing and machine learning

Amee Trivedi, Phuthipong Bovornkeeratiroj, Joseph Breda, Prashant Shenoy, Jay Taneja, David E Irwin

Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems, 2021 [PDF]

Hanging Gardens of Babylon: Reframing Urban Agriculture as an Opportunity for Social Engagement

Joseph Breda, Esther Jang, Kurtis Heimerl, Shwetak Patel

Self-Sustainable CHI'20 [PDF]

Hot or Not: Leveraging Mobile Devices for Ubiquitous Temperature Sensing

Joseph Breda, Amee Trivedi, Chulabhaya Wijesundara, Phuthipong Bovornkeeratiroj, David E Irwin, Prashant Shenoy, Jay Taneja

BuildSys'19 [PDF]

Staring at the Sun: A Physical Black-box Solar Performance Model

Dong Chen, Joseph Breda, David Irwin

BuildSys'18 [PDF]

Fancy That: Measuring Electricity Grid Voltage Using a Phone and a Fan

Joseph Breda, Jay Taneja


Blender Art

Liquid Chain Posters

Chains and Barbs Posters