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Research Seminar: Capitalizing on Cellular Technology for Real-time Weather Sensing Everywhere

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Speaker: Prof. Hagit Messer, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Event date: Monday, 18 September 2017, 14:30 - 15:30
Place: Room E004, JFK Building
29 Avenue J.F. Kennedy

The last decade has seen the development of the use of existing measurements from a commercial wireless communication system as virtual sensors for environmental monitoring. In particular, measurements of the received signal level (RSL) in the backhaul communication microwave network (CMN) of cellular systems are considered as opportunistic sensors for precipitation.

While recent results have proved the benefits of the suggested technique for estimating and mapping rain, and demonstrated monitoring of other phenomena, there are open challenges for the signal processing community. In particular, the amount and the diversity of the available measurements enables the use of most advanced tools of statistical signal processing for optimally detecting precipitation, classifying them, estimating the accumulated rainfall, and constructing instantaneous rain maps.

I will review recent results and open challenges, demonstrating the public benefit of utilizing the opportunistic-sensing approach for environmental monitoring.

Hagit Messer, Fellow of the IEEE, joined the faculty of engineering at Tel Aviv University (TAU) in 1986 after a post-doctorate at Yale University. She is a professor of Electrical Engineering, and the Kranzberg Chair in Signal Processing, and also a co-founder of ClimaCell.

From 2000 to 2003 she was on leave from TAU, serving as the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Science, ISRAEL. After returning to TAU she was the head of the Porter school of environmental studies (2004-6), and the Vice President for Research and Development 2006-8. In October 2008 she started a 5 year term as President of the Open University in Israel. She returned to TAU on October 2013, serving also as the Vice-Chair of the council for Higher Education (CHE), ISRAEL until January 2016.

This event is supported by the IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group, and will be followed by a drinks reception: