Special GIC Presentation to Kickoff GIS Week!! Nov 14th, 2013 3pm – Leacock 232

Challenges and opportunities on the implementation of wireless sensor networks for environmental monitoring


 Dr. Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, PEng, SM IEEE

Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department

University of Alberta

Wireless sensor networks (WSN) are emerging in both industry and academy as important tools to design and implement state-of-the-art environmental monitoring efforts. In this presentation I will discuss emerging challenges and opportunities associated to end-to-end implementations of WSN in outdoor conditions. I will specifically discussing the following aspects:

 (i)     Sensor needs and design, including chamber and outdoor testing;

(ii)     Algorithms for sensor field deployment, aimed to design spatially optimized WSN networks

(iii)  Cyber-infrastructure for data ingestion, processing, analysis and report of environmental information collected using WSNs.

 The presentation will use examples from Australia, Costa Rica and Brazil using Enviro-Net®, an end-to-end initiative developed by the Centre for Earth Observation Sciences (CEOS) at the University of Alberta.