SensorFly and Beyond: Autonomous Flying Sensor Swarms in Disasters-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

SensorFly and Beyond: Autonomous Flying Sensor Swarms in Disasters

Monday May 23, 10:00 am, Bldg 23, Rm 212

Pei Zhang, Assistant Research Professor, CMUSV

Summary: Rapidly deployed sensor networks can serve many purposes during disasters, when emergency resources are stretched. Collaboratively, the sensing elements can understand the complex environment and report high-level events to the rescuers. This talk will give an overview of collaborative cloud sensing that enables such complex signal processing inside such a network.

The talk will first explore collaborative controlled flight of sensor nodes through SensorFly. The SensorFly system is a novel, low-cost, miniature controlled-mobile aerial sensor network weighing only 30 grams per node. These features permit the network to autonomously deploy, maintain and adapt to the environment. SensorFly overcomes the reliance of traditionally fixed networks on human intervention, large infrastructure or inefficient random methods. The talk will also present our work on rapidly deployable tracking system that can track both SensorFly and emergency responders. The talk will focus on lessons learned and will provide an overview of our research.

About the Speaker: Pei Zhang is an assistant research professor in the INI, and ECE departments at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Bachelor's degree with honors from California Institute of Technology in 2002, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2008. While at Princeton University, he developed the ZebraNet system, which is used to track zebras in Kenya. It was the first deployed, wireless, ad- hoc, mobile sensor network. Currently his work includes SensorFly, which focus on swarm of autonomous miniature-helicopter based sensor nodes. His primary research interest is in easing setup and functionality of ubiquitous embedded systems through inter/intra system collaboration.