27 February 2008

Wireless Sensor Networks: the future of sensors

Speaker: José Polo, PhD and Manel Gasulla, PhD
Place: Auditorium CTTC/11h

Weekly Seminar: This seminar introduces wireless sensor networks (WSN), highlights some important aspects and presents a work in progress of a WSN at the Campus del Baix Llobregat of the UPC.

ABSTRACT: Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) are spreading out quickly nowadays. They can be applied in most fields, from environmental monitoring to home and industrial automation. This session presents the main topics of these networks with special emphasis in energy and interoperability optimization. As an example, a WSN to be deployed in the Campus del Baix Llobregat, REALnet, will be presented.

SPEAKERS: Jose Polo received his PhD degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (cum-laude). He has participated in several EC Projects, as well as in other projects funded by the Spanish government.

He was Teaching Assistant in the field of Computer Architecture at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and Universitat Pomepu Fabra.

Currently, he is at Castelldefels School of Technology (EPSC) at the Instrumentation, Sensor and Interfaces Group (ISI), where he works in the area of sensor networks oriented to wireless (WSN) and interoperability, as well as in interfaces for sensors.

Manel Gasulla received his M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Telecommunication Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 1992 and 1999, respectively. Since 1993 he has been with the UPC, where he is an associate professor, engaged in teaching on Analogue Electronics and Electronic Instrumentation. In 2001-2002 he was a visiting post-doc at the Electronic Instrumentation Laboratory, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. His research interests include smart capacitive sensors systems, energy harvesting methods, autonomous sensors, electrical impedance measurements, and subsurface resistivity imaging.

His research interests include smart capacitive sensors systems, direct sensor-to-microcontroller interfaces, energy harvesting methods, autonomous sensors and wireless sensor networks.