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Josh Adkins

University of California, Berkeley
Friday, May 25, 2018, 3:00 pm

Josh Adkins
Dreese Labs 480
2015 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210

A platform for city-scale sensing

City-scale sensing holds the promise of enabling a deeper understanding of our urban environments. However, a city-scale deployment requires physical installation, power management, and communications---all challenging tasks standing between a good idea and a realized one. This indicates the need for a platform that enables easy deployment and experimentation for applications operating at city scale. To address these challenges, we present Signpost, a modular, energy-harvesting platform for city-scale sensing. Signpost simplifies deployment by eliminating the need for connection to wired infrastructure and instead harvesting energy from an integrated solar panel. The platform furnishes the key resources necessary to support multiple, pluggable sensor modules while providing fair, safe, and reliable sharing in the face of dynamic energy constraints. We deploy Signpost with several sensor modules, showing the viability of an energy-harvesting, multi-tenant, sensing system, and evaluate its ability to support sensing applications. We believe Signpost reduces the difficulty inherent in city-scale deployments, enables new experimentation, and provides improved insights into urban health.


Bio: Josh Adkins is a second year PhD student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley where he works with Professor Prabal Dutta and Lab11. His research focuses on the deployment of ubiquitous sensor systems, and he hopes to lower the burden of deploying, programming, and retasking dense networks of these devices. He received his B.S.E. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2016.

Host: Anish Arora