Monday, May 23
8:00 am - 9:10 am
System-Theoretic Foundations for Wireless Sensor Networks
ECE Department and Coordinated Science Lab
University of Illinios at Urbana-Champaign
Networks of distributed wireless sensors capable of collecting, storing, and disseminating a variety of
environmental data have the potential to enable the next revolution in information technology. Research to
date on such sensor networks has largely been focused on techniques for building the sensors, and on
self-configuring protocols for establishing communication between them. However, in order to fully exploit
their potential, a core system-theoretic framework for the design, analysis and application of sensor
networks is needed. This presentation will describe recent efforts towards the development of such
system-theoretic foundations, and outline some open problems and challenges that lie ahead.
Venugopal V. Veeravalli received the Ph.D. degree in 1992 from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and
a Research Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. He served as a program director for communications research at the U.S. National Science
Foundation in Arlington, VA from 2003 to 2005. His research interests include distributed sensor systems
and networks, wireless communications, detection and estimation theory, and information theory. He is a
Fellow of the IEEE, and is currently on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society.
Among the awards he has received for research and teaching are the 1996 IEEE Browder J. Thompson Best Paper
Award, the 1998 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the 1998 Presidential Early Career Award for
Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).