Pacific Views: Library Speaker Series Presents – Robotics meets Wireless Communications

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Free Event

The 2017-2018 Pacific Views: Library Speaker Series kicks off with Professor Yasamin Mostofi. Professor Mostofi is a UCSB Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering faculty member. Her research on mobile sensor networks has appeared in the Huffington Post, the BBC, Daily Mail, Engadget, TechCrunch, and NSFScience360.

Radio Frequency signals are everywhere these days. Can they be used for sensing? Do they carry useful information about the objects they visit? For instance, imagine two unmanned vehicles arriving behind thick concrete walls. They have no prior knowledge of the area behind these walls. But they are able to see every square inch of the invisible area through the walls, fully imaging what is on the other side with high accuracy. Can the robots achieve this with only WiFi signals and no other sensors? In another example, consider the WiFi network of a building. Can it estimate the occupancy level of the building and the spatial concentration of the people, without relying on people to carry a device? In this talk, I will discuss our latest results to achieve these goals. More specifically, I show that it is possible to achieve x-ray vision with only WiFi signals and drones, and image details through thick concrete walls. Furthermore, I discuss occupancy estimation where I show how to count people with only WiFi measurements.