Title

Dependable Wireless Sensor Networks for Environmental and Structural Monitoring

Presenter Information

John Koch

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Computer Engineering

Research Advisor

Sedigh, Sahra

Advisor's Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Funding Source

University Transportation Center

Abstract

The goal of this project is the application of wireless sensor networks to automatic monitoring of environmental or structural phenomena, with the aim of improving the dependability and efficiency of data collection and utilization. The system utilizes a network of autonomously powered nodes that communicate wirelessly. Low power consumption, low cost, ease of installation and maintenance, and robustness are key issues of concern. The system can be applied to a broad range of phenomena. The sample application of interest is a flood detection device for low-water bridges. The first prototype of this device has already been developed, and will be deployed by MoDOT in the immediate future. As part of the proposed undergraduate research experience, the device will be enhanced to allow for measurement of strain and vibration. Another proposed extension is networking multiple instances of the device to allow for monitoring of larger bridges.

Biography

John was born and raised in Webb City, MO where he attended Webb City High School. He is the son of James K. and Carole K. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. John enjoys reading, bad jokes, playing video games, board games, and sports. He plans to pursue either a graduate degree or a career in research and development in the ever changing computer industry.

Research Category

Research Proposals

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Presentation Date

12 Apr 2006, 9:00 am

Comments

Joint project with William Stallard

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Dependable Wireless Sensor Networks for Environmental and Structural Monitoring

The goal of this project is the application of wireless sensor networks to automatic monitoring of environmental or structural phenomena, with the aim of improving the dependability and efficiency of data collection and utilization. The system utilizes a network of autonomously powered nodes that communicate wirelessly. Low power consumption, low cost, ease of installation and maintenance, and robustness are key issues of concern. The system can be applied to a broad range of phenomena. The sample application of interest is a flood detection device for low-water bridges. The first prototype of this device has already been developed, and will be deployed by MoDOT in the immediate future. As part of the proposed undergraduate research experience, the device will be enhanced to allow for measurement of strain and vibration. Another proposed extension is networking multiple instances of the device to allow for monitoring of larger bridges.