Peter Bajcsy - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/ National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

Sep 14, 2005

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"Toward Hazard Aware Spaces: Knowing Where, When and What Hazards Occur"


While considering all existing hazards for humans due to (a) natural disastrous events, (b) failures of human hazard attention or (c) intentional harmful behaviors of humans, we address the problem of building hazard aware spaces (HAS) to alert innocent people. We have researched and developed components of a prototype HAS system for detecting fire using wireless "smart" micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) sensors, such as, the MICA sensors, and spectral cameras, for instance, thermal infrared (IR), visible spectrum and multi-spectral cameras. Within this context, my presentation overviews technical challenges and prototype scientific solutions to (1) robotic sensor deployment, (2) localization of sensors and objects, (3) synchronization of sensors and cameras, (4) calibration of spectral cameras and sensors, (5) proactive camera control, (6) hazard detection, (7) human alert, (8) hazard confirmation, and (9) hazard understanding and containment. The work presented will also include theoretical and practical limitations that have to be understood when working with novel technologies.

About the Speaker

Peter Bajcsy has earned his Ph.D. degree from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, 1997, M.S. degree from the Electrical Engineering Department, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1994 and Diploma Engineer degree from the Electrical Engineering Department, Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Slovakia, 1987.
He is currently with the Automated Learning Group at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Illinois, working as a research scientist, and offering seminars and advising students as an adjunct assistant professor of CS and ECE Departments at UIUC. Dr. Bajcsy

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