Robotic Sensor Networks for Environmental Monitoring

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 11:02am


Monday, February 6, 2012
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Computer Science Conference Room, Harold Frank Hall Rm. 1132

HOST: Subhash Suri

SPEAKER: Volkan Isler
Computer Science, University of Minnesota

Title: Robotic Sensor Networks for Environmental Monitoring


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.


Volkan Isler is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science
Department at the University of Minnesota. He is a resident fellow at
the Institute on Environment and holds the McKnight Land-Grant
Professorship. 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.