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SMART SENSORS

[Burden Lounge, Anderson Hall]

The combination of low-cost, high-quality electronics and high-speed networking means that modern sensors are capable of collecting vast quantities of data to characterize environmental and health-related conditions. The volume of data that can be generated poses key challenges, as the power needed to transmit large amounts of data makes many applications cost-prohibitive, and very often the majority of data goes unanalyzed. Developing and networking “smart” sensors – those with embedded processing that turns data into useful information – is an important path to addressing these problems, but new thinking is required about possible sensing capabilities, on-sensor data analysis, and approaches to combining disparate data sources. In addition, smart sensors can be combined with remote sensing (Earth observation) data to provide a multi-scale approach for monitoring and responding to changing environmental conditions. Many of these issues will benefit from close interaction between engineers in industry and academia. The engineering advances required will enable a host of exciting applications, with possibilities ranging from city- or region-wide networks that provide real-time monitoring of environmental pollutants, to small medical devices that can provide monitoring from inside the human body, to telemedicine applications that support effective medical treatment in remote or underdeveloped areas.
Brian Tracey, Research Assistant Professor

TEAM LEADER

Dr. Brian Tracey
Research Assistant Professor,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Chorng Hwa Chang
Associate Professor,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Usman Khan
Assistant Professor,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Magaly Koch
Research Associate Professor,
Center for Remote Sensing
Boston University
Dr. Valencia Koomson
Associate Professor,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Sameer Sonkusale
Associate Dean for Graduate Education,
Associate Professor,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering