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DTC Science and Technology Innovators Lecture Series

Wireless Sensor and Consumer Multimedia Networks: A Story of Converging Trajectories!


Jan M. Rabaey
Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professor
Scientific Co-Director Berkeley Wireless Research Center
Director Gigascale Systems Research Center
University of California at Berkeley

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
4:30 p.m. Reception
5:00 p.m. Seminar

402 Walter Library

Jan M. Rabaery

THE EMERGENCE OF UBIQUITOUS WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY is having a profound impact on a wide range of application domains and is fundamentally changing the way we think about information dissemination and access. This change in paradigm is most visible in the residential home. On one hand, the availability of high-data rate point-to-point and LAN wireless functionality enables ad-hoc connectivity between a smorgasbord of multimedia input and output devices. On the other hand, low data-rate wireless sensor networks may support a wide range of functions such as environment conditioning, lighting control, energy management, security, presence detection and object tracking, etc. While both types of networking may seem to have nothing in common, they are actually fully complementary. This presentation will point out that for each of these technologies to come to full fruition, a convergence between media and sensor networks is essential and will address the main challenges towards the realization of this concept. Special attention will be given concerns such as how to accomplish true ad-hoc self-configuration ad organization, while maintaining reliability.


Jan M. Rabaey received the EE and Ph.D degrees in applied sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. From 1985 till 1987, he was a research manager at IMEC, Belgium, and in 1987, he joined the faculty of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department of the University of California, Berkeley, where he is now holds the Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professorship. He is currently the Scientific co-director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC), as well as the director of the GigaScale Systems Research Center (GSRC). He is an IEEE Fellow. His main research interests include the conception and implementation of next-generation integrated wireless systems. This includes the analysis and optimization of communication algorithms and networking protocols, the study of ultra low-energy implementation architectures and circuits, and the supporting design automation environments.