CITRIS Distinguished Lecture on Intelligent Infrastructure Systems





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Deborah Estrin Professor, Computer Science, UCLA
Director, Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS)
Participatory Sensing: From Ecosystems to Human Systems

Participatory Sensing systems leveraging mobile phones offer unprecedented observational capacity at the scale of the individual; at the same time they are remarkably scalable and affordable given the wide proliferation of cellular phone infrastructure and consumer devices that incorporate location services such as GPS, digital imagers, accelerometers, bluetooth access to off-board sensors, and easy programmability. These systems can be leveraged by individuals and communities to address a range of civic concerns, from safety and sustainability to personal and public health. At the same time that they will push even further on our societies concept of privacy and private space. This talk will describe the driving applications and technical challenges, drawing upon work-in-progress at the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing at UCLA.

Deborah Estrin is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at UCLA. She holds the Jon Postel Chair in Computer Networks, and is Founding Director of the National Science Foundation funded Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS). Estrin and her colleagues are currently exploring Participatory Sensing systems that leverage the location, motion, image, and attached-sensor data streams increasingly available globally from mobile phones; with particular emphasis on human and environmental health applications and on privacy-aware architectures. Estrins earlier research addressed Internet protocol design and scaling, in particular, inter-domain and multicast routing. She received her PhD in 1985 from MIT and her BS in 1980 from UC Berkeley, both in EECS. Estrin was selected as the first ACM-W Athena Lecturer in 2006 and was awarded the Anita Borg Institutes Women of Vision Award for Innovation in 2007. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007 and to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009. She is a fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and AAAS and was granted Doctor Honoris Causa from EPFL in 2008.


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