CyLab Seminar: Pei Zhang

Time: February 6, 2012 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: CIC Building, Pittsburgh


Speaker: Pei Zhang, assistant research professor

Talk Abstract:

This talk will give an overview of the spectrum of network mobility research from uncontrolled (ZebraNet) to fully controllable swarming systems (SensorFly). The talk will first give a brief intro on uncontrolled mobility by introducing our ZebraNet system. ZebraNet is a sparse mobile network designed for zebra tracking in areas with scarce infrastructure. Through two successful deployments in Kenya, the network was able to maintain coverage through uncontrolled movements of the zebras.

The talk will continue to explore controlled mobility through SensorFly. The SensorFly system is a novel, low-cost, miniature controlled-mobile aerial sensor network weighing only 30 grams each. These features permits the network to be autonomous in deployment, maintenance and adapting to the environment, overcoming the reliance of traditionally fixed networks on human intervention, large infrastructure or inefficient random methods. Main focus of the talk will be on collaborative sensing and localizing of these groups.

Speaker Bio: 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.