Well before voice-controlled products became commonplace, Dr. David Graham and fellow West Virginia University (WVU) researchers Dr. Vinod Kulathumani and Dr. Brandon Rumberg were pioneering a more efficient approach to sensing in wireless, resource-constrained applications. Thomas Doyle, a WVU alum in the semiconductor industry, reached out to Dr. Graham and the team to explore commercializing the technology for the exploding Internet of Things (IoT) market, and Aspinity was born.
With the growing demand for speech-enabled digital assistants, Aspinity saw an opportunity to support the new era of voice and applied their technology to efficiently detect voice - Aspinity was selected to join the first Alexa Accelerator program in 2017. With mentoring from Amazon and Techstars, Aspinity has progressed while expanding the applications for their smart sensor IC solution expanded to include acoustics, biosensing, vibration monitoring, and more.
Vinod Kulathumani / Founder, Advisor
Vinod has over 15 years of experience on the design of robust, scalable and energy efficient wireless networks that support sensor actuator based applications. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications in the area of sensor networks and holds one patent. Vinod is also an Associate Professor (tenured) in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the West Virginia University, where he leads the Wireless Sensor Actuator Networks Research Group. He received the Outstanding research award in 2010 and the outstanding teaching award in 2017 from the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University and his B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai.