Talks & Seminars
Body Area Sensor Network
Prof. Lakshman S. Tamil, Dept. of EE, University of Texas at Dallas
Date & Time: June 19, 2006 11:30
Venue: SIC 301, KReSIT (3rd floor)
Sensor networking technology is becoming ubiquitous and the confluence of sensor networking with computing and wireless communication will revolutionize the way we live, work and interact. The rising older population and increasing health care cost are posing a great challenge to modern societies all over the world. The application of sensor technology to monitor vital signs and summon help when necessary will be a great boon to managing health care and well being of senior citizens. Developing a wireless body area sensor network which can interconnect with various sensors implanted inside the body as well as those attached to the surface of the body is an important step towards monitoring vital signs and health of people. Though there is lot of development in the general area of wireless sensor networking, a special adaptation of the technology to fit the special requirements imposed by the body area network is a must; otherwise the cost, power, security and intelligence requirement cannot be met. The talk will discuss aspects of body area network which are network architecture, connectivity to Internet, security, intrusion protection, sensor platform and protocol stack.
Speaker Profile:
Dr. Lakshman Tamil is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and is Director of UTD's Broadband Communications Laboratory. He founded Yotta Networks, Inc., a high-tech startup company that designed and marketed terabit-switching platforms. As CEO and CTO of a 100+ person strong company, he was responsible for product planning, fundraising, team building and company governance. Dr. Tamil has managed and directed research on advanced optical networks at Alcatel's Corporate Research Center and was recognized for his leadership in the initial design and planning of 'TIPOR', the first industrial demonstration of an all-optical IP router. He co-invented a type of wireless multi-channel multipoint distribution service (MMDS System)- a precursor to Wi-Max-that formed the core technology for Spike technology, Inc., a telecommunication startup that successfully developed and marketed MMDS turnkey systems. Dr. Tamil has been a consultant to the Naval Research Laboratories, Raytheon, Alcatel, Spike Technologies, Electrospace, McCool Smith, P. C., Baker Botts, L. L. P., in the areas of optical and wireless communication. Dr. Tamil has contributed to more than 100 research publications and directed more than ten doctoral dissertations. Dr. Tamil's current research interest includes wireless sensor networks, nanophotonics and optical switching and routing.
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