The Bradley Department of Electrical
and Computer Engineering,
and by courtesy, the Department of Computer Science and the School of Architecture+Design
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
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.
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
- Vice chair, IEEE Computer Society's Technical
Committee on Wearable Information Systems (TCWIS), which became the Special Technical Community on Wearable and Ubiquitous Computing in 2013. 3/2011-present
- ECE Faculty Advisory
Committee. Member, 1/2009 -
2012. Chair, 12/2009-12/2010.
Senate. Member, 8/2007 - 2012.
Graduate Committee, 8/2005 - 2010.
- General chair, IEEE International
Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC), 2004. Program
co-chair, 2001, 2006, and 2014.
admissions officer, 8/2005-8/2008. As
graduate admissions officer, I was responsible for handling about 500
applications per year.
faculty search committee
for a position in cyber-physical systems, academic year 2009-2010.
Tech Commission on
Graduate Studies and Policies, 8/2008 - 8/2011.
Some ECE humor:
- 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
Comments? Questions? Suggestions? Send me mail at
(Last updated on 9 February 2015)