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Professor Bashir M. Al-Hashimi has been appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Southampton.
A wireless network of sensors that is set to revolutionise soil-based salinity measuring is being developed by a University of Southampton researcher and a team of Australian academics.
Two professors from the University of Southampton have been awarded highly prestigious Wolfson Research Merit Awards by the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science.
The University of Southampton is hosting the Autonomous and Advanced Systems Showcase event on Monday 3 February, where industry, government and academia will explore commercial and research opportunities to deliver the next generation of aerospace, marine, defence and other advanced systems technology to keep the UK at the forefront of these important industries.
Domenico Balsamo - a visiting PhD researcher from the University of Bologna, Italy - will give a seminar on the research project that he is undertaking at Southampton. This involves enabling computation to be sustained under conditions where the power supply is intermittent, through the use of saving state to non-volatile memory. This has particularly interesting application in energy-harvesting systems.
PSC Researchers have received funding from the EPSRC for an ambitious project investigating future high-throughput, low-latency wireless communication algorithms for 5G.
PSC researcher, Dr Geoff Merrett, appeared at this year's prestigious Cheltenham Science Festival to talk about the field of Energy Harvesting.
Professor S. Beeby, Professor B. Al-Hashimi and Dr G. Merrett have received funding from the EPSRC to develop a 24/7 digital home health assistant to tackle the UK's unprecedented challenges in obesity and the ageing population.
The talk will cover sensing, control and the challenges of future smart infrastructure, and map onto a lot of the research questions that we tackle in the group.
Glacsweb is a project within the University of Southampton which develops technology to monitor the behaviour of glaciers. This talk will discuss the new hardware and technology designed and developed here in the WAIS group, the deployment of the new probes and give a brief overview of the data which has been collected so far along with challenges going forward.
EPSRC has agreed to fund the responsive mode proposal EP/J015520/1, which was submitted by Dr Rob Maunder (PI), Prof. Bashir M. Al-Hashimi (CoI) and Prof. Lajos Hanzo (CoI). The research will be undertaken in collaboration with Nokia Siemens Networks, British Telecom and Cambridge Silicon Radio. The research will consider Channel Decoder Architectures for Energy-Constrained Wireless Communication Systems.
The Electronic and Software Systems Group is hosting a seminar from John Sarik, a PhD candidate at Colombia University. His presentation is titled "EnHANTs: Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tags," where John will be talking about this interdisciplinary project.
Dr Elena Gaura, Dr James Brusey (both Cogent Computing ARC, Coventry University) and Dr Ian Wassell (Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge) will be visiting ECS along with a number of their PhD students on Tuesday 20 September for a ‘research exchange’ day. This full day event (10:00-16:00) contains a fully-packed schedule of presentations from Coventry, Cambridge and Southampton.
On Weds 24 August, Hui Huang (Sam) is giving a seminar about his PhD research on "Human-powered inertial energy harvesters: the effect of orientation, location and activity on obtainable power". Sam is presenting this work at the Eurosensors 2011 conference in a fortnight.
On Tues 31 May, Alex Weddell is giving a seminar on the EPSRC project "Next Generation Energy Harvesting Electronics: Holistic Approach." Alex is presenting this work at the ESP KTN's "Balancing the Instrumentation Power Budget for Field Deployment" event.
On Tuesday 10 May, Alex Wood (ESD/PSC) will be giving a seminar about his research on assistive technology to aid memory loss, entitled "A low-power, distributed, pervasive healthcare system for supporting memory." Alex is presenting this research later in the month at the MobileHealth Workshop during MobiHoc 2011, Paris.
On Tuesday 03 May, Evangelos Mazomenos (ESD) will be giving a seminar about his research on ranging in WSN, entitled "Two-Way Time of Flight Ranging in WSNs."
ECS researchers are developing intelligent medical sensors which can be worn by patients to monitor their symptoms and which will alert GPs if medical intervention is needed.
As part of the University's 'Energy and Climate Change Lecture Series', Rashik Parmar (IBM CTO) will be giving a lecture on 'Building a Smarter Planet City by City'.
Researchers at the University of Southampton expect to have sensor probes which can predict the onset of landslides, by the end of this year.
On Thursday 08 April, Enrico Costanza (IAM) will be giving a seminar about his previous research on WSN interfaces, entitled "SensorTune: a Mobile Auditory Interface for DIY Wireless Sensor Networks."
A new Energy Harvesting Network to be launched next week could mean unlimited power supplies for industry.
On Friday 12 February, Rashik Parmar (IBM CTO - North East Europe IOT) will be presenting a seminar entitled "IBM Global Technology Outlook". The IBM Global Technology Outlook is IBM Research's vision of the future for information technology and its impact on industries that use IT.
The GLACSWEB project has entered a new phase with a planned deployment of its electronic sensors in the Los Laureles Canyon in Mexico.
Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi, Co-Director of the ECS Pervasive Systems Centre, is leading a new £1.6M project, funded by the EPSRC, which will develop ultra energy-efficient electronic systems for emerging applications including mobile digital health and autonomous wireless monitoring in environmental and industrial settings.
A forearm crutch which incorporates sensor technology to monitor whether it is being used correctly has been developed by ECS engineers.
On Friday 29 May, Tan Yen Kheng (National University of Singapore) will be giving a seminar on his PhD research entitled "Realization Of Energy Harvesting Wireless Sensor Networks (EH-WSN) - with special focus on the energy harvesting systems."
Dr Elena Gaura and Dr James Brusey (Cogent Computing ARC, Coventry University) will be visiting ECS along with a number of their PhD students on Thursday 16 April for a ‘research exchange’ day. This full day event (10:45-17:15) will consist of presentations from both Coventry and Southampton, and also some demonstrations during the lunch period.
Mike Allen (Cogent Computing ARC, Coventry University) will be giving a presentation entitled "On-line acoustic source localisation with VoxNet" on Thursday 4th December at 11am in the ESD Demo Room (59/4240). His talk will describe the development, deployment, evaluation cycle for an interesting distributed acoustic source localisation application: in-situ monitoring of animals. The end users of this application are bioacoustics researchers, who aim to learn about the behaviour of animals based on the calls they make and the locations/situations they are made in.
Researchers from the Glacsweb team carried out a sensor network deployment in Iceland in August. The team comprised people from Geography, ECS/IAM as well as recent graduates in Electronics. A new low power base station was deployed as well as probes 90m deep in the largest icecap in Europe.
Due to its success, WiSE (now standing for 'Wireless Sensing in ECS') is broadening its scope to cover research in 'Wireless Sensing' and 'Sensor Networks' in all of ECS. WiSE represents the 'Sensor Networks' theme of the Pervasive Systems Centre (PSC).
This is a joint seminar between IAM, ESD and Comms for people interested in wireless intelligent sensing. This should provide an occasion to have some interactions with other groups and identify common interests. There will be 7 short talks starting from 10:30 till 13:00; below you can find the titles for the talks. If you are interested in some of the topics you are all welcome to join.
Researchers from ESD and the PSC recently visited the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the USA. During the visit, the researchers gave a seminar to CENS on 'Energy Aware Remote Sensing', reflecting on the work that is being undertaken by researchers associated with the WiSE interest group.
As news of Tiger Woods' knee injury hits the headlines, an MEng student in ECS has developed a new self-powered sensor to monitor progress during knee operations.