Spring 2013 GRASP Seminar: Volkan Isler, University Of Minnesota, "Robotic Sensor Networks For Environmental Monitoring"

Presenter: Volkan Isler (Homepage)

Event Dates:
  Friday March 22, 2013 from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Robotic Sensor Networks composed of robots and wireless sensing devices hold the potential to revolutionize environmental sciences by enabling researchers to collect data across expansive environments, over long, sustained periods of time. In this talk, I will report our progress on building such systems for two applications. The first application is on monitoring invasive fish (common carp) in inland lakes. In the second application, the robots act as data mules and collect data from sparsely deployed wireless sensors. After presenting results from field experiments, I will focus on two algorithmic challenges: planning robot paths to minimize the time to collect data from all sensors, and designing search strategies for finding (possibly mobile) targets.

Presenter's Biography:

Volkan Isler is currently an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Minnesota. He is a  resident fellow at the Institute on Environment and  2010-2012  McKnight Land-Grant Professor. In 2008, he received the National Science Foundation’s Young Investigator Award (CAREER). He is currently co-chairing IEEE Society of Robotics and Automation’s Technical Committee on Networked Robots. He is also serving as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Robotics and IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. His research interests are primarily in robotics and sensor networks.