Invited Talk at ACROSS Workshop 20132nd October 2013
I have been invited to give a talk at the 1st ACROSS Workshop on Cooperative Networked Embedded Systems, in Zagreb. The workshop, which will take place in November 2013, is funded by the EU FP7 Centre of Research Excellence for Advanced Cooperative Systems (ACROSS) project. My talk, titled "From sensors to networks: harvesting and utilising environmental energy", will discuss the role of energy harvesting in sensor nodes and sensor networks.
The EU FP7-Funded ACROSS Centre
Abstract: With new computing paradigms on the horizon such as pervasive computing and the internet of things, interest in wireless autonomous sensing has been increasing rapidly over the past decade. One of the fundamental challenges which exists in this area is how to power such devices, where design constraints typically include being small, light-weight and long-lasting. Energy harvesting - the process of extracting electrical energy from the surrounding environment - has been hailed as a potential solution for this, but its effective integration into a complete sensing system is non-trivial. In this seminar, I will discuss some of these challenges and solutions - from the design of a single sensor node to managing energy across a complete network. Some of these aspects will be illustrated in the context of case-studies, both in constrained and real applications, including a wireless sensor performing condition monitoring on a ferry engine which is powered by a tuneable vibration-based microgenerator.
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