Two Papers Accepted for Publication in IEEE Transactions26th September 2011
We have recently had two papers related to our work on Energy Harvesting electronics accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems. Both publications are a result of the EPSRC project on 'Holistic Energy Harvesting'.
Our paper on supercapacitor modelling
The first paper, 'Accurate Supercapacitor Modeling for Energy-Harvesting Wireless Sensor Nodes' investigates supercapacitors, often used in energy-harvesting wireless sensor nodes (EH-WSNs) to store harvested energy. Until now, research into the use of supercapacitors in EH-WSNs has considered them to be ideal or over-simplified, with non-ideal behavior attributed to substantial leakage currents. In this brief, we show that observations previously attributed to leakage are predominantly due to redistribution of charge inside the supercapacitor. We confirm this hypothesis through the development of a circuit-based model which accurately represents non-ideal behavior. The model correlates well with practical validations representing the operation of an EH-WSN, and allows behavior to be simulated over long periods..
The second paper, 'Photovoltaic Sample-and-Hold Circuit Enabling MPPT Indoors for Low-Power Systems' presents an ultra low-power maximum power point tracking (MPPT) circuit with a novel sample-and-hold and cold-start arrangement, enabling efficient indoor MPPT (which has not been reported, or considered possible, before). The circuit is validated in practice, and the sample-and-hold behaviour analysed using real light data.
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A Photo of DejaView, from DejaView3rd April 2012
Alex's presentation on DejaView at the SenseCam Symposium 2012 in Oxford saw a milestone for us - the first time that the DejaView device (alongside the entire system, including the mobile phone and web server) has captured a DejaView presentation!
The photo on the left shows this seemingly trivial event - the first slide from Alex's presentation (Alex is just about visible on the left hand side of the photo)!
h-index of 1010th October 2013
One of the ways that academics can judge the 'impact' of their research, is by the number of citations that their papers get - in other words, the number other researchers have found a particular paper useful. One of the metrics that is increasingly used to turn this list of numbers into a meaningful statistic for an individual is the h-index.
Put simply, an academic's h-index means that h of their papers has been cited at least h times.
At the time of writing, my h-index is 10 - meaning t... [more]