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Dr. Luiz DaSilva

Luiz A. DaSilva has been a faculty member in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech since 1998. He currently holds the Stokes Professorship at Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland. Prof. DaSilva's research focuses on distributed and adaptive resource management in wireless networks, and in particular cognitive radio networks and the application of game theory to wireless networks. He is currently a principal investigator on research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, DARPA, and the European Commission under Framework Programme 7. Prof. DaSilva is a Senior Member of IEEE. In 2006, he was named a College of Engineering Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech.

Title:Associate Professor
Organization:Virginia Tech
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Discovering Wireless Sensor Networks: Applications in Structural Health Monitoring, Part 4

This curriculum module is part of a set of four curriculum modules. The curriculum module can be adapted to be used alone, or used as part of the set. In this set of projects, students learn about the importance of monitoring stresses on bridges and other civil infrastructure, and about how public safety can be improved by using wireless sensor networks for continuous structural health monitoring. This curriculum module, the fourth in the set, introduces topics in wireless sensor networks. The students learn about a variety of applications for wireless sensor networks, including environmental sensing, health applications, location tracking, and the identification of seismic events. In the lab, they use Zigbee-ready boards and resistive strain sensors developed earlier to build a wireless sensor network, and cooperate to send and aggregate strain data. A design exercise involves instrumentation of the I-35W Mississippi River bridge, which collapsed in 2007. In the process of doing the lab and design exercise, the students learn how physical limitations such as transmission range affects the design of wireless sensor networks.

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