ECE Seminar Series

Title: Internet of Acoustic Things (IoAT): Challenges, Opportunities, and Threats
Speaker: Nirupam Roy
Affiliation: Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Day: Monday, February 12, 2018
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: LSC 312

Abstract: The recent surge in smart acoustic devices, ranging from voice interfaces to wearable health monitors, is leading to a sensing ecosystem around us - referred to as the Internet of Acoustic Things or IoAT. My research focuses on developing hardware-software building blocks that open up new capabilities for this emerging future. In this talk, I will sample some of my projects. For instance, (1) I will demonstrate carefully designed sounds that are completely inaudible to humans but recordable by all microphones. (2) I will discuss our work with physical vibrations from mobile devices, and how they conduct through finger bones to enable new modalities of short range, human-centric communication. (3) Finally, I will draw attention to various leakages and threats that arrive with sensor-rich environments. I will conclude this talk with a glimpse of my ongoing and future projects targeting a stronger convergence of sensing, communication, and control in tomorrow's IoT, cyber-physical systems, and healthcare technologies.

Bio: Nirupam Roy is a Ph.D. candidate in ECE at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign (UIUC). He works on mobile sensing, wearable computing, and wireless systems with applications to IoT, cyber-physical-systems, security, and human-centric technologies. He has published across diverse research forums, including NSDI, MobiSys, HotNets, NDSS, etc. Roy is the recipient of the MobiSys'17 best paper award, the Valkenburg graduate research award, and the outstanding master's thesis award. Many of his research projects have been featured in news media such as the MIT Technology Review, The Telegraph, and The Huffington Post. His research was also selected for the ACM SIGMOBILE research highlights of the year 2017. Roy received his B.E. with honors from IIEST, India, where his research on RFID assisted robotic navigation system earned him the best undergraduate thesis award.