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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, CA 94043
Event includes a reception and lecture by Department of Computer Science and Engineering associate professor and robotics expert Volkan Isler.
Meet College of Science and Engineering Dean Steven L. Crouch, Department of Computer Science and Engineering Head Vipin Kumar, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Head David Lilja, and local University of Minnesota alumni for an evening of socializing and networking. The museum will be open and docents will be available to guide tours. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be available.
About the lecture
Robotic sensor networks made up of robots and wireless sensing devices hold the potential to revolutionize environmental sciences by enabling researchers to collect data across expansive environments and over long, sustained periods of time. In this engaging talk, associate professor Volkan Isler will report the progress of his team on building such systems for two applications.
The first application is for monitoring invasive fish (common carp) in inland lakes. In the second application, the robots act as data mules and collect data from sparsely deployed wireless sensors. After presenting results from field experiments, Isler will focus on two algorithmic challenges—planning robot paths to minimize the time to collect data from all sensors and designing search strategies for finding (possibly mobile) targets.
About the speaker
Volkan Isler is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He is a resident fellow at the Institute on the Environment and holds the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship. In 2008, he received the National Science Foundation’s Young Investigator Award (CAREER). He is currently co-chairing IEEE Society of Robotics and Automation’s Technical Committee on Networked Robots. He is also serving as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Robotics and IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. His research interests are primarily in robotics and sensor networks.
For more information about this event, please contact Becky Kiefer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-3767.