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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Research Featured in New Scientist12th September 2013
Our research into the use of smartphones to for biodiversity monitoring has been featured in New Scientist.
The New Forest Cicada is the only cicada native to the UK and, having not been seen for many years, is at great danger of becoming extinct. One of my PhD students, Davide Zilli, is investigating whether or not the millions of annual visitors to the New Forest National Park can be turned into mobile biodiversity sensors, using the smartphones that they carry with them.
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Haptics Research in Government Report11th July 2011
Our research on haptic devices for stroke rehabilitation has been featured in an annual government report on assistive technology. Our bit can be found on page 51 of the report (follow the link at the bottom of this news item).
The report is prepared by FAST (the Foundation of Assistive Technology), and is an annual publication by the Department of Health (UK Government). The report has a number of uses (including giving researchers an overview of other work in the field, and service provider... [more]