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DTC Seminar Series

Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks: Long-lived and High-integrity +Operation


Mani Srivastava
Electrical Engineering Department and Center for Embedded Networked Sensing
University of California at Los Angeles

Monday, September 26, 2005
1:00 pm

402 Walter Library

Mani Srivastava

SENSOR AND ACTUATOR NETWORKS WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF intelligent but resource-constrained wireless nodes have emerged as important new tools to observe and control the physical world at previously unachievable spatial and temporal resolutions and scales. Just as the advent of remote sensing via satellites transformed observations of large scale phenomena, the in situ distributed sensing enabled by wireless sensor networks is transforming the observation of spatially and temporally variable processes and events in heterogeneous and obstructed environments. In the talk, Professor Mani Srivastava will first provide a general introduction to this exciting new technology, particularly in the context of various applications being pursued at UCLA's Center for Embedded Networked Sensing. Next the talk will describe the major multidisciplinary research challenges that these systems offer, and focus in particular on the problems of achieving long-lived and high-integrity operation in sensor networks, issues which are of paramount importance for successful real-life deployments of these.


Mani Srivastava received his Ph.D. in EECS from U.C. Berkeley in 1992. Currently he is a Professor on the Electrical Engineering Faculty at UCLA. He is also associated with UCLA's Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS), a NSF Science & Technology Center, where he co-leads the systems area research. Prior to joining UCLA, he worked at Bell Labs Research. His current interests are in embedded sensor and actuator networks, wireless and mobile systems, embedded system, power-aware computing and communications, and pervasive computing. More information about him and his research group is available at his Networked and Embedded Systems Lab's web site