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Dissertation Bulletin: Application-Driven Data Processing in Wireless Sensor Networks

Dissertation title
Application-Driven Data Processing in Wireless Sensor Networks

Dissertation contents
Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are composed of spatially distributed, low-cost, low-power, resource-constrained devices using sensors and actuators to cooperatively monitor and operate into the environment. These systems are being used in a wide range of applications. The design and implementation of an effective WSN requires dealing with several challenges involving multiple disciplines, such as wireless communications and networking, software engineering, embedded systems and signal processing. Besides, the technical solutions found to these issues are closely interconnected and determine the capability of the system to successfully fulfill the requirements posed by each application domain.

The large and heterogeneous amount of data collected in a WSN need to be efficiently processed in order to improve the end-user comprehension and control of the observed phenomena. The thesis focuses on a) the development of centralized and distributed data processing methods optimized for the requirements and characteristics of the considered application domains, and b) the design and implementation of suitable system architectures and protocols with respect to critical application-specific parameters.

The thesis comprehends a summary and nine publications, equally divided over three different application domains, i.e. wireless automation, structural health monitoring and indoor situation awareness. The results presented in the thesis demonstrate the adaptability of WSNs to different application domains and the importance of an optimal co-design of the system architecture and data processing methods.

Dissertation area
Wireless sensor networks, indoor situation awareness, structural health monitoring, wireless automation

Candidate
Maurizio Bocca, M.Sc. (Tech.)
B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Defence time
04.11.2011 at 12:00

Place
Lecture hall TU1, TUAS building,Otaniementie 17, Espoo
Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering

Opponent
Professor Cesare Alippi, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Professor Hannu Kari, Finnish National Defense University, Helsinki, Finland

Custos
Professor Heikki Koivo, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Department of Automation and Systems Technology

Dissertation URL
http://lib.tkk.fi/Diss

Candidate contact info
Maurizio Bocca
PO Box 15500
FI-00076 Aalto, Finland
maurizio.bocca@aalto.fi