ISR Distinguished Speaker

Deborah Estrin

Professor, Computer Science, UCLA
“Participatory Sensing: from ecosystems to human systems”
Friday, November 19, 2010 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Refreshments and Networking at 1:30pm.

Faculty Host: Prof. Gillian Hayes, Donald Bren School of ICS


Email RSVP required to Kiana Fallah by Monday November 15.

Donald Bren Hall (building #314), room 6011

No cost to attend.


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Participatory Sensing systems leveraging mobile phones offer unprecedented observational capacity at the scale of the individual; at the same time they are remarkably scalable and affordable given the wide proliferation of cellular phone infrastructure and consumer devices that incorporate location services, imagers, accelerometers, and easy programmability. These systems can be leveraged by individuals and communities to address a range of personal, community and environmental concerns, from safety and sustainability, to chronic disease management and prevention. At the same time they present technical challenges in usability and data privacy. This talk draws upon several pilot projects ongoing at the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing at UCLA.

About the Speaker: 

Deborah Estrin is a Professor of Computer Science with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering at UCLA, holds the Jon Postel Chair in Computer Networks, and is Founding Director of the NSF-funded Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS). Estrin received her Ph.D. (1985) in Computer Science from MIT, and her B.S. (1980) from U.C. Berkeley. Estrin’s most recent work focuses on participatory sensing systems, leveraging the location, image, and user-contributed data streams increasingly available globally from mobile smartphones. Current projects include Participatory Sensing campaigns for citizen science and civic engagement, and privacy-aware self-monitoring applications in support of health and wellness. Estrin’s earlier research focused on embedded sensing systems, with an emphasis on environmental monitoring, and prior to that on Internet routing protocols and scalability. Estrin’s recognitions include: first ACM-W Athena Lecturer (2006), Anita Borg Institute's Women of Vision Award for Innovation (2007), WITI hall of fame (2008), Doctor Honoris Causa from EPFL (2008), and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007) and the National Academy of Engineering in (2009).