I am now at the Scripps Translational Science Institute and can be reached at nnikzad [at] scripps [dot] edu.

Who am I?

I completed my PhD studies in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University fo California, San Diego in 2015. I was advised by William Griswold. I graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in the Spring of 2009 with a degree in Computer Science. While at UCLA, I was a CENS Intel Scholar and did research at the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing.

Recent News

  • Jan 15, 2014: Our paper "APE: An Annotation Language and Middleware for Energy-Efficient Mobile Application Development" was accepted for publication at ICSE 2014!

    Publications & Past Projects

    List of publications

  • Best Paper Award at Wireless Health 2012

  • Internships
  • Nokia Research Center, Palo Alto (Summer 2011)
  • Cisco Systems (Summer 2008)
  • Activision (Summer 2007)

  • Misc.
  • Movie Credits
  • Game Credits

  • What do I do?


    My current research focuses on the challenges related to building energy-efficient mobile applications and systems, such as those for continuous, wireless health and exposure monitoring. In particular, I am interested in issues of energy management, networking, and user-context recognition.

    My current project, APE (Annotated Programming for Energy-efficiency), is an annotation language and middleware runtime service that eases the development of energy-management policies in Android applications. I also work on the CitiSense project, which tracks individual exposure to air pollution through an complete, end-to-end monitoring system: a body-worn sensor board, a mobile phone application for presenting feedback to users, and a back-end server for presenting personal exposure history and further analysis.

    More detailed information can be found in:

  • Research Project Abstracts and Related Publications

  • Curriculum Vitae | Resume


    Classes I have been a teaching assistant for:

  • Winter 2012 - CSE 237A: Introduction to Embedded Systems

  • Fall 2011 - CSE 123: Computer Networks

  • Winter 2011 - CSE 237A: Introduction to Embedded Systems

    Extracurricular Activity

  • Student representative, CSE Gradcom (2011-2012)

  • Grad student organizer for PhD Visit Day (2011-2014)

  • Department representative, Graduate Student Association (2011-2012)

  • Department social event coordinator (2010-2012)