PITA Fiscal Year 2007 Projects

Innovative Infrastructure System Assessment Technology

Sensor Andrew Network Management
The flagship and founding project of CenSCIR, with ICES and PITA support, is Sensor Andrew, a sensor network platform that will enable the dense instrumentation of the whole CMU campus. Just like in the early eighties, Andrew transformed CMU in the most wired campus, and in the mid nineties, Wireless Andrew, with INI and then NSF support, made CMU the largest wireless campus, Sensor Andrew aims at transforming CMU into the most sensed campus.

Sensor Andrew is designed and to be implemented as a public sensor network that can supports the broadest set of applications. Infrastructure monitoring, campus surveillance, water distributed systems, social networks, biometric sensors for campus security are some of the applications under progress. Sensor Andrew will support all these applications that, beyond their own intrinsic relevancy, will direct Sensor Andrew’s developers in defining Sensor Andrew’s set of requirements, design Sensor Andrew’s hardware and software architectures, and guide the choice of platforms and sensors.

This proposal requests the necessary funding to support recruiting an Engineer to be entirely devoted to the development of Sensor Andrew. This Engineer will help launching Sensor Andrew by participating in all phases of Sensor Andrew, including its design, implementation, and application deployment. The Engineer will support the PIs of this proposal as well as the PIs of the many Sensor Andrew related projects in a number of ways. These include assisting with: abstracting Sensor Andrew’s set of requirements from the initial set of applications; defining the sensor network architecture; choosing the hardware and software platforms supporting the sensor network; production of experimental sensor platforms; acquiring and deploying these platforms; developing the initial set of applications. We emphasize that this Engineer will assist and help all the other faculty and researchers involved in this list of tasks; the Engineer will not be developing by himself or herself these tasks. By focusing on Sensor Andrew, the Engineer will make sure that tasks will be accomplished on the desired schedule.