System Theoretic Foundations for Sensor Networks

October 27, 2006
Venugopal V. Veeravalli, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois - 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. Such a system-theoretic framework is being developed by the research community in the context of a primary application area for sensor networks, namely statistical inference --e.g., detection, stimation, tracking, etc. This presentation will describe recent results in this area and outline some open problems and challenges that lie ahead.

V.V. Veeravalli is 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. Dr. Veeravalli served as a program director for communications research at the U.S. National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA from 2003-2005. 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 a recipient of the IEEE Browder J. Thompson Best Paper Award and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).