Gue­vara Noubir, asso­ciate pro­fessor of com­puter and infor­ma­tion sci­ence, is leading an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team to develop a new gen­er­a­tion of application-​​driven wire­less sensor networks.

These energy effi­cient wire­less sensor net­works would offer sig­nif­i­cant advan­tages in appli­ca­tions as diverse as search and rescue, building inspec­tion and health mon­i­toring and motion tracking.

In order to under­take a project of such mag­ni­tude, Noubir assem­bled a team of researchers from var­ious dis­ci­plines including pro­fes­sors Peter Desnoyers and Marty Vona from his own col­lege, Ste­fano Basagni, asso­ciate pro­fessor of elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering, Dennis Bernal, asso­ciate pro­fessor of civil engi­neering, and Mau­reen Holden, asso­ciate pro­fessor of phys­ical therapy.

The inter­dis­ci­pli­nary effort is inte­gral to the research,” said Noubir. “By bringing together researchers with exper­tise that spans such areas of engi­neering and health sci­ences in con­junc­tion with com­puter sci­ence, we are better able to explore the many pos­si­bil­i­ties for wire­less sensor networks.”

The team has just been awarded a National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion Major Research Instru­men­ta­tion grant to develop a multi-​​purpose wire­less sensor-​​networking instrument—a key first step to sup­port con­tin­uing research and development.

The instru­ment will enable exper­i­men­ta­tion with pro­to­cols and algo­rithms for a future gen­er­a­tion of wire­less sensor net­works and explo­ration of their numerous inter­dis­ci­pli­nary uses.

Noubir’s work seeks to enhance the secu­rity, energy effi­ciency and reli­a­bility of wire­less sensor net­works by cre­ating a more capable gen­er­a­tion of sys­tems that are lower in cost and sig­nif­i­cantly smaller than existing systems.