B.S. ​Stanford University, 1996M.S. UCLA, 1998​Ph.D. UCLA, 2000

"My research focuses on the innovation, development, and deployment of wireless technologies in health applications."

John Lach, Professor and UVA Engineering Director of Cross-Cutting Initiatives

I received the B.S. (1996) degree in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University and the M.S. (1998) and Ph.D. (2000) degrees in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. Since 2000, I have been a faculty member in the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia and have held the rank of Professor since 2012. I served as Department Chair 2012-2017 and am currently serving as Engineering School Director of Cross-Cutting Initiatives. I am a Senior Member of the IEEE and am a past Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Computers and the IEEE Transactions on Computer Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems.

My primary research interests are embedded and cyber-physical systems, smart and connected health, body sensor networks, integrated circuit design methodologies, fault and defect tolerance, safety-critical system design and analysis, and application-specific and general-purpose processor design. I have been the PI or co-PI on over 35 grants totaling over $16M (over $6.5M directed to my lab) and have published over 165 refereed papers, including five Best Paper Awards. My research group has won two conference poster competitions and the 2011 DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest. I am a founder and Steering Committee member of the Wireless Health Conference Series, a founder and co-director of the UVA Center for Wireless Health, and Associate Director for Translational Research for the NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST). I won an All-University Teaching Award in 2005 and the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science Distinguished Faculty Award in 2016.


  • Best Poster Award, IEEE Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics 2018
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Leadership Award 2018
  • UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science Distinguished Faculty Award 2016
  • Best Paper Award Finalist (2 papers), Wireless Health 2016
  • Best Paper Award Finalist, International Conference on Body Sensor Networks 2015
  • Best Paper Award Finalist, International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design 2015
  • Best Paper Award, International Conference on Body Area Networks 2014
  • Best Demo Award, Wireless Health 2014
  • Best Student Paper Award, International Conference on Body Area Networks 2013
  • Best Paper Award, Wireless Health 2011
  • Best Paper Award Finalist, Wireless Health 2011
  • Winner, DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest 2011
  • Best Poster Paper Award, Government Microcircuit Applications & Critical Technology Conference 2011
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Computer Design 2007
  • All-University Teaching Award 2005
  • Rodman Scholars Outstanding Faculty Award 2005
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering New Faculty Teaching Award 2003
  • Best Student Paper Award, ACM Workshop on Self-Healing, Adaptive, and Self-Managed Systems 2002
  • University of Virginia Teaching Fellow 2001-2002
  • UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean's Award 1998 and 1999

Research Interests

  • Wireless Health
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Internet of Things
  • Computer Architecture
  • Low Power Design
  • Embedded Systems

Selected Publications

  • "Body Area Sensor Networks: Challenges and Opportunities," IEEE Computer, 58-65, January 2009 M.A. Hanson*, H.C. Powell Jr.*, A.T. Barth*, K. Ringgenberg, B.H. Calhoun, J.H. Aylor, J. Lach (* in author list indicates Lach Student)
  • "TEMPO 3.1: A Body Area Sensor Network Platform for Continuous Movement Assessment," IEEE International Conference on Body Sensor Networks, 71-76, 2009 A.T. Barth*, M.A. Hanson*, H.C. Powell Jr.*, J. Lach
  • "On-Body Inertial Sensing and Signal Processing for Clinical Assessment of Tremor," IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, 3(2):108-116, April 2009 H.C. Powell Jr.*, M.A. Hanson*, J. Lach
  • "Causality Analysis of Inertial Body Sensors for Multiple Sclerosis Diagnostic Enhancement," IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, 20(5):1273-80, September 2016 J. Gong*, Y. Qi, M.D. Goldman, J. Lach
  • "Enabling Longitudinal Assessment of Ankle-Foot Orthosis Efficacy for Children with Cerebral Palsy," IEEE Wireless Health Conference, 4:1-10, 2011 (Best Paper Award) S. Chen*, C. Cunningham*, B.C. Bennett, J. Lach
  • "Flexible Technologies for Self-Powered Wearable Health and Environmental Sensing," Proceedings of the IEEE, 103(4):665-681, April 2015 V. Misra, A. Bozkurt, B. Calhoun, T. Jackson, J. Jur, J. Lach, B. Lee, J. Muth, O. Oralkan, M. Ozturk, S. Trolier-McKinstry, D. Vashaee, D. Wentzloff, Y. Zhu