[AG-TECH] AG Talk Dec. 16: Wireless Sensor Networks: Past, Present and Future

Gurcharan S. Khanna gskpop at cis.rit.edu
Mon Dec 15 10:01:31 CST 2008


This talk will be broadcast in the Rochester Institute of Technology
Venue under the ANL Venue Server. See https://agschedule.ncsa.uiuc.edu:443/meetingdetails.asp?MID=25026
for details (some tbd).




Dr. Wendi B. Heinzelman
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Rochester

Time and Location
Tuesday, December 16, 1pm Eastern, Room 70-2400 (Golisano College)

Talk Title
Wireless Sensor Networks: Past, Present and Future

It is estimated that by the year 2010 more than 10 billion wireless sensors will be deployed for 
applications as diverse as environmental monitoring, agricultural monitoring, machine health 
monitoring, surveillance, and medical monitoring.  These networks, which connect the physical world 
with the digital world, provide us with a richer understanding of our environment and with the 
ability to more accurately control our surroundings.  However, there are many challenges that must 
be addressed before the full potential of these networks are realized. Wireless sensor networks 
must be reliable and scalable to support large numbers of unattended wireless sensors; they must 
last for extended periods of time using limited battery power; they must be secure against outside 
attacks on the network and on data fidelity; they must be accurate in providing required 
information while performing in-network processing to reduce data load; and they must interface 
with existing networks. In this talk, I will provide an overview of this exciting field of 
research, describing the history of research in wireless sensor networks, the current 
state-of-the-art and the directions in which the field of wireless sensor networking technology is 
headed.  I will motivate the need for adaptive network management to best support dynamic 
application goals, and I will discuss some current research on energy efficient protocols and 
algorithms. To provide perspective, I will also describe many of the numerous open research 
questions that will provide ample opportunities for innovation in the years to come.

Wendi B. Heinzelman received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 
1995 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1997 and 
2000, respectively.  Her current research interests lie in the areas of wireless communications and 
networking, mobile computing, and multimedia communication.  Dr. Heinzelman received the NSF CAREER 
award in 2005 for her research on cross-layer architectures for wireless sensor networks, and she 
received the ONR Young Investigator Award in 2005 for her work on balancing resource utilization in 
wireless sensor networks.  She is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile 
Computing, and she is an Area Editor for ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review(MC2R).
Gurcharan S. Khanna, Ph.D.
Director of Research Computing
Office of the Vice President for Research

Assistant Research Professor, Ph.D. Program
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Founding Director, Interactive Collaboration Environments Laboratory
Center for Advancing the Study of Cyberinfrastructure
Rochester Institute of Technology
IT Collaboratory Bldg. 17, Room 3119
Rochester, New York 14623-5603
Phone: 585-475-7504  ~  Cell: 585-451-8370
Email: gurcharan.khanna at rit.edu

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