Sensor networks

My research into sensor networks can be roughly broken into two categories: on sensors (and supporting devices) aimed towards ecological monitoring and on sensors that assist the study of human motion.

Ecological monitoring

To facilitate the study of bats and bat habitats, we (our team at the Multimedia Communications Laboratory) worked with Professor Thomas Kunz and his team to develop and deploy climate-monitoring wireless sensors, networked video cameras, and ultra-lightweight optical tracking beacons. We have also developed technologies for video sensor networks (sensor networks that capture video) for other ecological studies, such as the coastal environment near the Great Point Lighthouse in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Human motion

In collaboration with Sargent College, as part of our research into body-area networks, our lab investigated the application of wireless sensors to measure and track the motion of various body parts. Toward this end, I developed software to read and process raw data from Bluetooth-enabled three-axis accelerometers in MATLAB. This software has been extended to support other inertial measurement units, such as gyroscopes, and has been used extensively for research in personal health and activity monitoring.