About us

Our team operates under Dr. Gabriel Robins, a professor at the University of Virginia through Kirti Chawla, a Ph.D. student in Computer Science.


Dr. Gabriel Robins

Gabriel Robins is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, at the University of Virginia, where he received an NSF Young Investigator Award, a Packard Foundation Fellowship, the SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize, a University Teaching Fellowship, an All-University Outstanding Teaching Award, a Faculty Mentor Award, a two-year early promotion/tenure, the Walter N. Munster Endowed Chair, and the Virginia Engineering Foundation Faculty Appreciation Award. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1992 at UCLA, where he received an IBM Fellowship and a Distinguished Teaching Award. Gabe's primary area of research is VLSI CAD, and he co-authored a book on high-performance routing. His additional research interests include algorithms, RFID, bioinformatics, computational geometry, combinatorial optimization, and computational biology.

Gabriel Robins consults as an Expert Witness in patent litigations, infringement analyses, and other intellectual property court cases in all areas of computer science. He served as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, and is currently on the Editorial Board of Research Letters in Electronics. He was a member of the Army Science Board, a federal advisory committee to the U.S. Army on science, technology, and research, and is an alumni of the Defense Science Study Group, an advisory panel to the U.S. Department of Defense. He also served on the Navy Future Study panel of the National Academy of Sciences. Gabe was General Chair of the ACM/SIGDA Physical Design Workshop(1996), and co-founded the International Symposium on Physical Design (1997). He served on the technical program committees of the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, the IEEE International ASIC / SOCC Conference, the Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI, and the Canadian Workshop on Field-Programmable Devices, and the Editorial Board of the IEEE Book Series. He is a member of ACMSIGDASIGACT, and IEEE.

Gabe has founded the UVa Computer Science Web Team and the UVa Computer Science Museum. He also created the Computer Science Lounge, and produced the Department of Computer Science brochure. His hobbies include dancingSCUBA divinggardening, comic books, archery, weight lifting, roller skatingfilms, and photography.



Kirti Chawla



Kirti Chawla is a PhD candidate at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Virginia. He received an M.Tech. in Information Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in 2003. His research interests are in RFID, algorithms, embedded systems, sensors, and the ubiquitous computing. He has co-authored, in several reputed international avenues, book chapters, papers, patents, and copyrights. Kirti has served on and reviewed for several international journals and conferences on relevant topical tracks. Previously, he held software engineering and research positions with the Samsung Electronics in India and South Korea and the Prabhu Goel Research Centre for Computer and Internet Security at IIT Kanpur, India. He is a member of IEEE, ACM, and the Cryptology Research Society of India.




 William Thomason



Wil Thomason is currently pursuing his B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia. He is a Rodman Scholar, the recipient of a "National Outstanding Paper" distinction from COMAP in the HiMCM competition, a member of IEEE and ACM, and has worked as an intern at Microsoft. His research interests include signal processing, algorithms, RFID localization, and computer vision. Post graduation, he plans to earn his PhD in computer science.



Devon Peroutky


Devon Peroutky is a Third-Year at the University of Virginia, pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science and Statistics, with a minor in Economics. His main interest involves algorithm development, specifically in the area of Big Data sets and Machine Learning.


Sami Fekadu

Sami Fekadu is a fourth year Computer Science Major at the University of Virginia. Sami has worked as an intern for Riverbed Technologies and enjoyes solving technical problems. Sami's interests are Technology, Business, and Global Development. Sami is the newest addition to the RFID Lab team.



Christopher McFarland 



Chris McFarland is a fourth-year student pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Economics. Prior to joining the RFID lab, he worked for two years in Central America as a strategic consultant for a conglomerate, and started an export company in Peru prior to that. In addition to being a student, he currently works as a special advisor for an oil company overseas. Post graduation, he plans on solving interesting problems wherever they may arise.



Ismail Abdul Wahid


Ismail Abdul Wahid is currently pursuing his B.S degree in computer science at the University of Virginia. He is an international student from Pakistan who intends to contribute towards making technology more accessible in other parts of the world. He has worked at both NASA (Johnson and Kennedy) space centers in Houston and Orlando (2009) on modelling Robots and making cost-effecient machines that can land on rocky planetary surfaces unharmed. Currently he's working at the RFID lab, motivated by vast benefits the technology can bring to the area of object localization. His other research interest is storage techniques. He also plans to earn Post-graduation in Computer Science.