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Joint Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Computer Science Department Special Seminar Sponsored by ISTeC

Title: eStadium: Research on and Development and Deployment of Wireless Networks and Applications
Speaker: Ed Coyle
Affiliation: Georgia Institute of Technology
Day: Monday, September 29, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: LSC 224-226

Abstract: The eStadium VIP Team conducts research on and development and deployment of the next generation of wireless communication systems and applications for large-scale events. These events, such as large concerts and football games, involve 10K to 100K spectators who are located in a structure with a limited footprint, typically less than 1 sq.km. The majority of these spectators now carry smartphones that support many communication protocols - 3G/4G cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth, etc. - that operate in both licensed and unlicensed bands. The venue in which they operate often has a number of wireless systems - DAS-based cellular systems, WiFi infrastructure, RF-ID systems, ZigBee-based sensor networks, etc. - to support connectivity with/between spectators and for event operations. These events are thus extreme in both the types and volume of data that can be generated and in the types of communication infrastructure that must coexist and, if possible, cooperate with each other. The eStadium team has been developing an extensive testbed for wireless systems within Bobby Dodd Stadium, the football stadium at Georgia Tech. This testbed includes:

  • Web applications that enable on-demand access for spectators to multimedia content, including video-clips of all plays, visualization of game events, and game stats.
  • Social networking applications that enable alumni to find and chat with each other in the stadium.
  • A sensor network to monitor structural vibrations of the stadium, audio of the crowd, and spectrum usage throughout the venue.

In this talk, we will quickly review the history and goals of eStadium and then focus on its current activities. These include research on distributed detection algorithms, the development of a sensor network for structural monitoring, and spectrum management in the stadium.


Bio: Edward J. Coyle received a B.E.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University in 1982. From 1982 through 2007, he was a faculty member at Purdue University, where he served at various times as Assistant Vice Provost for Research, Co-Director of the Center for Wireless Systems and Applications, Co-Founder of the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program, and Founder of the Vertically-Integrated Projects (VIP) program. Dr. Coyle joined Georgia Tech in 2008, where he is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, the Arbutus Chair for the Integration of Research and Education, and Director of the VIP Program. He is also fostering the creation of the VIP Consortium, whose membership currently consists of 18 universities that are working together to implement and grow VIP Programs on their campuses. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received a variety of awards, including the 1987 Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society and the 2005 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education from the National Academy of Engineering. His research interests include wireless and sensor networks, signal and information processing, and undergraduate education.