System Design Challenges for Wireless Sensor Applications

Pai Chou, Ph.D.
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC Irvine

Location: McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium


Real-world wireless sensing applications pose a number of great challenges on low-power hardware/software platform designs, including a wide range of size, cost, power consumption, connectivity, performance, and flexibility requirements. Higher-level integration alone will not bring the next level of improvement unless the right set of elements are composed to form an efficient architecture. Based on a classification of sensing functions, detection methods, timeliness of data, and characteristics of power supply, we propose a new hardware/software architecture that will form the basis of an effective wireless sensor platform.


Pai H. Chou is an Assistant Professor in EECS at the University of California, Irvine. He received his bachelor's in Computer Science at UC Berkeley and MS and PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington.  His research interests include low power and distributed embedded systems, wireless sensor systems, and medical devices. He served as Program Co-Chair for Codes+ISSS (International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis) in 2003 and General Co-Chair in 2004. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award.

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