Roy Want

Dr. Roy Want graduated from Cambridge University, England in 1988. He is currently a Research Scientist at Google. Previous positions include Sr. Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation, and a Principal Scientist at Xerox PARC. He holds the grade of ACM and IEEE Fellow. His research interests include mobile and ubiquitous computing, distributed systems, context-aware operation, and electronic identification. He has more than 25 years’ experience working in the field of mobile computing. He served as the Editor-in-chief for IEEE Pervasive Computing from 2006-2009, and he is currently the Past Chair for ACM SIGMOBILE. To date, he has authored or co-authored more than 75 publications, with 70 issued patents in this area. For more information about Dr. Want's academic and industrial achievements see

Google Publications

Previous Publications


    Bluetooth LE find its Niche

    Roy Want, Bill Schilit, Dominik Laskowski

    IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 12-04 (2013), pp. 12-16


    Guest Editors' Introduction: Expanding the Horizons of Location-Aware Computing

    Roy Want, Bill N. Schilit

    IEEE Computer, vol. 34 (2001), pp. 31-34


    Ubiquitous Electronic Tagging

    Roy Want, Daniel M. Russell

    IEEE Distributed Systems Online, vol. 1 (2000)


    The PARCTAB Mobile Computing System

    Bill N. Schilit, Norman Adams, Rich Gold, Michael M. Tso, Roy Want

    Workshop on Workstation Operating Systems (1993), pp. 34-39