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The Harvard Sensor Networks Lab investigates software solutions for efficient, high-data-rate, adaptive wireless sensor networking systems. We also work closely with domain scientists in medicine, geophysics, and public health to direct our research towards real-world applications of this technology. On this site you can explore our various projects, publications, talks, and group members.

The HSNL is part of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Research Projects

Previous projects:

  • Hourglass and SBONs - Wide-area data collection and querying networks
  • MoteTrack - RF signature-based indoor localization

Matt Welsh promoted to full professor

HSNL PI Prof. Matt Welsh has been promoted to full professor with tenure. See the press release here. Matt will be spending a sabbatical year at Google in Cambridge, MA through July 2011.

Geoff Werner-Challen completes Ph.D.

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HSNL grad student Geoff Challen just completed his Ph.D. and will be joining the faculty at the University of Buffalo next year. We have also posted the camera-ready for our MobiSys'10 paper on IDEA. Read more details at Matt Welsh's blog.

Welcome to Karthik Dantu

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Karthik Dantu has just joined the HSNL as a postdoctoral researcher after completing his Ph.D. from USC. He is working on the Harvard RoboBees project and will be heading up development efforts for the Colony OS. Welcome!

Bor-rong Chen and Konrad Lorincz complete PhDs

Former HSNL graduate students Bor-rong Chen and Konrad Lorincz have completed their PhDs at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Dr. Chen will be continuing as a postdoctoral researcher in collaboration with the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Dr. Lorincz is joining BBN as a Network Scientist.

Congratulations to Bor-rong and Konrad!

Mercury paper in SenSys 2009

We have posted the camera-ready version of our forthcoming paper in SenSys 2009, Mercury: A Wearable Sensor Network Platform for High-Fidelity Motion Analysis. More information on this project can be found on the Mercury project pages.

Postdoc openings - RoboBees Project

The Harvard RoboBees project (http://robobees.seas.harvard.edu) is funded through an NSF Expeditions in Computing grant and is developing an artificial colony of robotic bees. This project involves a wide range of research themes in microscale robotics, multi-agent systems, embedded computing, and novel programming models. The RoboBees project has openings for postdoctoral researchers with expertise in the following areas:
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Embedded computing
  • Biologically-inspired multiagent systems
  • Swarm robotics
  • Low-power wireless networking
To apply, please send your CV and a brief research statement to Prof. Matt Welsh with the subject line RoboBees Postdoc Application. Before applying for this position, please read over the synopsis of the RoboBees project on our website, and indicate in your application how your research interests overlap with the specific themes above. The application deadline is October 15, 2009. We hope to make decisions by early November.

WhiteFi paper wins Best Paper Award at SIGCOMM 2009

Our paper (joint with Microsoft Research), White Space Networking with Wi-Fi Like Connectivity, won the best paper award at SIGCOMM 2009. More information on the project is in this Technology Review article.

Harvard wins $10M NSF grant

A multidisciplinary team of computer scientists, engineers, and biologists at Harvard received a $10 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Expeditions in Computing grant to fund the development of small-scale mobile robotic devices. The project, entitled RoboBees: A Convergence of Body, Brain, and Colony, will develop an artificial colony of robotic bees, capable of performing tasks such as pollination, search and rescue, and surveillance. HSNL PI Matt Welsh is involved in the project, along with 10 other researchers from Harvard and Northeastern. The project web page is here, and you can read the full press release here.

SHIMMER Technology Exchange

The First SHIMMER Technology Exchange meeting will be held at the Inn at Harvard on October 5-6, 2009. This meeting will provide a forum for the SHIMMER community to learn from one another about important developments and SHIMMER related projects both in the academia and industry. The two day event will include a one day hands-on SHIMMER training course followed by a one day workshop in which researchers will present exciting projects and lead in-depth technical discussions. There will also be an open-mic session where any of the attendees can give a short presentation on what they are doing with SHIMMER. Check out this page for more information about SHIMMER.
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